SMC Student Relief Workers in New Orleans, Louisiana

Saint Mary's students spend their Spring Break assisting in the relief effort. Read post-spring break reactions...

Welcome to the SMC Student Relief Workers web site and photo journal! 24 students, 2 instructors (Shawny Anderson and Marcia Ong), and one fearless bus driver spent January Term 2006 in New Orleans, participating in direct hurricane relief.

They completed more than 4000 hours of direct service, including:

  • Clearing or recovering salvageable items from 23 homes, making most of them eligible to receive FEMA trailers as the owners begin to rebuild.
  • Clearing a church, so that it can be decontaminated and restored.
  • Helping to prepare a school to reopen.
  • Preparing a community theater, an art gallery, and a thrift store to reopen.
  • Recovering lost boats and a trailer on the gulf coast of Mississippi.
  • Assisting in restoration of three city parks and monuments.
  • Restoring and conducting soil tests in eight community gardens so that neighbors or market gardeners can replant.

 

We have posted our daily journal and photos in the Photo Journal section. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please read some of our reflections from our personal journals.

 

Student Relief Workers

 


Allison Arkfeld

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Kayla Banion

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David Blanchard


Fernando Campos
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Arthor Curley
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Vanessa Fortney

Stephanie Franci
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Jed Friedman
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Elijah Galarza

Rachel Gaynon
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Brianna Hardy
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Elvia Hernandez

Shane Keane

Feke Lauti
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Mallory Lee

Hugo Leon
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Jorge Mejia
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Salvador Ortiz

Emily Robbins
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Courtney Smith
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Vanessa Snyder

Lindsay Swoboda

Janeva Tollison

Chris Verrips (Assistant)
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Justin Verrips
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Casey Wilson
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