Hard-working student volunteers from the University of Idaho are digging in deep with shovels on the Belle Chasse site of the new home for a Katrina victim.
After more than three years of working toward a goal of home ownership, Delores Black is finally watching her new home being constructed. The footings are dug and walls are being prepared this week with the help of volunteer teams under the leadership of folks from as far away as Minnesota and Ohio.
The team from Idaho is one group out of the more than 140 students serving currently throughout the country on the "Pay it Forward Tour." They are taking part in the University’s Alternative Service Break program. (One of the other teams is working on the Shreveport build site.)
Despite a rain delay that pushed back the start of construction, the students went out into the neighborhood to do general cleanup and beautification projects. During the first part of the week, they dug footings for the house foundation, built a shed, planted flowers in neighbors’ gardens, filled potholes on the street and removed trash from the area.
Many thanks to Oak Park Baptist Church in New Orleans, where the volunteers are staying.
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