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Volunteering in the restoration of New Orleans was a truly rewarding experience of which I will never forget. Not only were we able to provide shelter for those who had lost their homes from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but we were able to offer hope to those who in need of faith. We lived in a homeless shelter while at the same time, restoring it. Taking a break from the physical labor was something rarely done unless it was for meals or offering words of hope to those on the streets. From sun up to sun down, we were either re-painting the walls or constructing more beds. Though this was physically draining, I grew mentally and learned so much in the little time I was there. I learned to appreciate what I have and that nothing in the world could replace the feeling of helping someone in need.
As I stepped off the bus, everything looked exactly as I suspected. Trash was scattered throughout the streets and empty lots where houses once stood were dry and grassless. Though I read and saw much of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in magazines and newspapers, it was nothing compared to seeing it in person. We stayed at a homeless shelter in the projects of New Orleans while at the same time, restoring it. We worked sun up to sun down painting walls, constructing beds, and collecting trash. Not only were we able to provide shelter for those who had lost their homes, but we were also able to offer hope to those who in need of faith. This truly rewarding experience strengthened me mentally and physically, and it is one of which I will never forget.
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