|One of our boys working hard|
|My group painting the house on Long Island|
My particular group is helping a woman paint the lower floor of her home in Hempstead, Long Island. She bought the home three years ago through a foreclosure so the house was in pretty bad shape. She worked on renovating it and finished a month before the hurricane struck so she is literally starting over again. I admit that I am not a good painter (ask my wife) so I hope I am not doing more harm than good. She wasn't happy with one of my paint jobs on one of the doors and I felt bad! Thank goodness for Mrs. Photiades P'14, she really knows what she's doing.
What has struck me so far about the service is that the people we are assisting are not poor. In fact, it seems some of them are quite well-off. The neighborhood we are in, for example, is quite nice and well manicured. Usually when you do service projects such as this you are working with the poorest of the poor, the homeless, etc. This week has been a good reminder that the poor in spirit need our help too.
|Making a Star of Hope|
The premise is very simple - people are invited to decorate stars with quotes and images and the stars are hung around the devastated areas on light poles, homes, etc (we saw some today on our way to the work site). So last night our students (and the adults) decorated stars and we will bring them to our work sites tomorrow to hang up. It was a really neat project and tied in well as a star is one of the symbols of the Lasallian world.
Tonight we heard a presentation on the two Lasallian colleges the brothers run on the East Coast (Lasalle University in Philadelphia and Manhattan College) and an update on the order's work in Haiti. We also ran into an old friend which I will write about in another post.