Coming together to make a building is quite a feat. Doing so for a real person, with a story and a family, is even more so. Today we began building; we started our day with orientation at St. Bernard project and then broke into our respective groups and headed to our houses. The woman my group was building for had been living in Houston and came back to the city after her son graduated high school. Since, she has lived in over 18 temporary homes while waiting for her own home to be built. We entered the home to find that it was near completion, leaving us to focus on the details, the little things. We returned to camp, and in our meeting everyone reflected on what they felt about their day. One student expressed her understanding for people returning to their homes here, and I thought that the sentiment she shared explained it all: “It’s not the best, but it’s what they’ve got. It’s theirs. ”
And throughout the week, I look forward to seeing our group make what they’ve had even better.