I went to scout this house a few days ago in New Orleans East. It hasn't been touched since the storm. When I got there I found these Christmas ornaments spilling out the door, and inside boxes of Christmas lights in the middle of all the debris. Seeing it was another reminder of how slow the progress is in the city, and how much time has passed with so few homes recovered.
I trained another team of long-term volunteers and NCCC in the arts of gutting and mold remediation this past week. Here's the house we gutted and de-molded, a three day process. The team is standing in front of the debris pile they created.
We had a particulary hard working group in from Knox college this week. This photo was taken after they stayed out late to finish a house. When they came back at 7:30pm - they all looked like they'd just been pulled out of an explosion somewhere.
Our friends from a former NCCC team came to visit. They have another project in New Orleans, so we get to be friends for longer than the usual 6-8 weeks. Mostly I'm putting this picture here because Kenda and I look so good in it. AND because my mom will cry when she sees a picture of my hair washed and combed and blown-dry. Look, mom! I'm a real girl!