New Orleans Mission Trip Report
From May 16-20, DreamBuilders worked for the 7th year in the New Orleans area through the St. Bernard Project. For the first time, we worked on a new house. The homeowner, Mr. Ed Lee, is a World War II veteran who will be 95 in August, and whose father was born a slave in 1860. Mr. Lee, a retired carpenter, built his own home on this property, after completing his naval service. The original house deteriorated over many decades, and it was decided to demolish and build "fresh", taking into account the owner's personal history. During our work on the project, Mr. Lee stopped by twice and “held forth” on the porch, telling stories from his past, and greeting everyone who passed by and stopped to say “hello.” We were spoiled by his daughter preparing daily meals for all those working on the house. The two AmeriCorps house leaders were very dedicated and helpful, something we’ve found to be the case on each house we’ve worked on. The mostly cloudy weather cooperated by keeping the temperatures in the low to mid-eighties. We worked on the final details to complete the house: caulking baseboard and shoe molding and touch up painting. We also painted lattice work to be installed as a “skirt” around the house built on pilings.
Mr. Lee, homeowner, and a St. Bernard Project worker.
For more about the remarkable Mr. Lee, please view coverage of the recent key ceremony at: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/94yearold-world-war-ii-veteran-gets-new-home-in-algiers/39703460
Special thanks to Buck Lyon-Vaiden for writing this article.
Matzohball 5K Set for June 5
The 12th Annual Matzohball 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place on Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m., at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Proceeds benefit DreamBuilders , Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Hope Works and Temple Isaiah.
Awards will be given for age group winners, and prizes and giveaways have been provided by sponsors and local businesses. Music and entertainment will be featured. A free Community Family Wellness Day follows the race. For registration info: www.MatzohBallRun.com
A warm welcome to all of our volunteers, supporters, and partner organizations,
who help turn dreams into reality through home building.
We honor God by serving together to take care of others and improve lives.