Youth Mission Trip - NOLA June
Plans are finalized for our seventh year to work in New Orleans!
Who: There will be 5 chaperones including Dan Love, Jonathan & Margaret Blum, and Heather Miller. The trip is open to 9-11th graders, and we can take up to 25 youth with roughly equal numbers of each gender.
What: Hard work! Expect to be installing floors, laying tile, painting, etc. on a home, school, or other building. You will sweat. A lot. We will also have fun exploring New Orleans in the evenings.
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
When: June 25 – July 1, 2017
Why: We have had a wonderful experience in New Orleans the last six years. During our time, we have seen that there is still plenty of work to be done in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and throughout New Orleans.
How: We will fly down and then rent 3 thirteen passenger vans. We will take the vans to and from the airport and our work sites. We will stay with Annunciation Mission (www.annunciationepiscopal.com) in gender specific, air-conditioned, bunk-style rooms. Annunciation will provide our meals and our projects will be coordinated by Rebuilding Together New Orleans (www.rtno.org).
Cost: The final cost will be determined once we buy airfare. It will be around $700.
Contact: Dan Love – or 967-0842 ext. 15
- It is hot in New Orleans in June. Really hot.
- The work we do on Mission Trips is hard. Please come prepared to give your best. We have developed a really good reputation with the organizations we work with. We’d like to keep it that way.
- Special requests about getting to work on certain jobsites or with specific people cannot be honored. This is a group Mission Trip, and we are all in it together.
Back in June, RPC commissioned 25 of its high school members, along with five chaperones, to New Orleans for our seventh annual youth mission trip, partnering with the nonprofit organization lowernine.org. While there was plenty of fun to be had on our free evenings, this group of young people worked hard. Up at 6:30 a.m., they made their own lunches and were ready to head to the work sites by 8:00 a.m. We worked on four homes: laying tile, installing laminate flooring, painting exterior siding, landscaping, and installing trim carpentry. We mixed mortar, lugged ladders, mastered power tools, and became experts with a number of different tile and wood saws. During our free time we sampled beignets at Café Du Monde, visited the impressive WWII museum, walked the levee of the Ninth Ward, took a tour of the French Quarter, bowled and danced at the famous Rock'n'Bowl, and even hit the beach in nearby Mississippi!
While each trip participant pays to go on the trip, that cost is reduced by the generosity of a few “angels” committed to this particular mission of the church. In addition, our non-staff chaperones this year – Heather Miller and Margaret and Jonathan Blum – all gave generously of their precious summer time to be a part of the trip. The support of the church, its Mission Committee and a Women’s Association grant made it possible for them to go! Speaking for all 30 participants and the beneficiaries of RPC’s generosity in New Orleans...thank you!
For a closer look at the trip, don’t miss the photos on the wall outside the reception area.