Today was our first day working with St. Bernard Project and our first interview in the community.  After a quick orientation at SBP we broke off into groups to go to our designated homes.  Each home was at a different stage of rebuilding, and the home I was working on was in the process of installing drywall on the ceilings and walls.  What I thought would be a tough job went by smoothly because our team worked together and remained positive despite the initial trouble we had getting our first piece of dry wall on the ceiling.  The positivity  continued in our interview today with the executive director of a Juvenile Justice program.  The woman we interviewed explained her job, which involves improving the court system for juveniles, and among the horror stories of what these young people experienced there were stories of change and hope that inspired me, and I’m sure others as well.  Later this evening we got the chance to speak with the Camp Hope director, Denise, about her experience with St. Bernard Parish during Hurricane Katrina, and once again, I noticed her positivity shining through her stories of despair.  Writing this now, I’m not only proud of how my house team remained so positive during a tough day of rebuilding, but how the people of New Orleans that I’ve met today also remain positive during years of rebuilding.


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