A group from SE Michigan Congregational Churches has been traveling to Louisiana every year since Hurricane Katrina. (One year we went to Baton Rouge, after severe flooding there, but otherwise to New Orleans.) This year we will again return to New Orleans. We work with SBP (http://sbpusa.org/where-we-help/new-orleans-la). This organization was founded after Katrina to help with recovery. It has since branched out, but has the same mission -- shortening the time between disaster and recovery. There is still work to be done in New Orleans, helping low income residents recover from Katrina and subsequent events (such as tornadoes in 2017). The work is usually helping to restore a damaged home (last year it was a woman's house damaged by the 2017 tornado). Some years it is new construction, intended to be sold to a low-income family upon completion. The work we do is generally light and does not require a construction or repair background. We've done painting, hanging drywall, installing insulation, etc. SBP workers are with us on site and provide tools and instruction. We stay at Camp Restore (https://camprestore.org/neworleans/). This former church campus has been hosting mission groups like ours since Katrina struck. In addition to sleeping quarters, Camp Restore serves breakfast and dinner and provides a sack lunch (although we generally dine out 1 or 2 nights). This year we will be working in New Orleans fromFebruary 25 to March 1. A group generally drives down and back, taking 2 days. So, if you were to travel with us, it would mean departing February 23, returning home March 3. Some volunteers make their own way, either flying down and back or driving and making a vacation of it before or after our mission work. (Note that Mardi Gras is the week after our mission.) We will be having a planning and coordination meeting Saturday,January 19, noonat North Congregational Church (light lunch served). We hope you can attend, even if you just want to learn more about the trip. If you are interested but cannot make our planning meeting, please coordinate directly with Kevin Gromley (email@example.com, phone 248-474-2791). Thanks, hope to see you on the 19th (and in New Orleans)!