January 28- Arrived Safely!
Sixteen of us arrived at the church parking lot around 5:15 am, and after waiting 10 minutes for "Jumping Joel," we all left for Bradley airport. Our flight got off on time, we had a smooth ride, and we got to meet and chat with new people on the plane. When we arrived in New Orleans, we picked up two full sized vans from Dollar rental; Scott and Tim were our drivers. Scott brought his GPS system, "Sharon," who directed us to Wendy's for lunch and then to the 9th Ward in New Orleans to see the worst of the hurricane damage. The picture is of a church-the only building left standing for several blocks- that still needs renovation before it can be used again. We also stopped at the memorial there. People who went last year said that they noticed some progress in the neighborhood. We then drove along the coast to get to Mississippi, stopping in Pass Christian to view the beach. We got to Yankie Stadium (the Salvation Army/Habitat for Humanity camp) just in time for orientation and dinner. There are10 other volunteers here that are staying with us. Now we are very tired, but we are anxious to get to work!