Teenage youth and families from St Peter’s traveled to New Orleans over their Spring Break 2016. They spent 3-1/2 days doing volunteer work under the leadership of lowernine.org. Work was perfomed at two different locations in the New Orleans neighborhood referred to as the Lower Ninth Ward. The devastation that is still very obvious in this area of New Orleans was an eye opener as to just how long recovery can take. It was unanimous with the group that everyone would return if given the opportunity.
Lowernine.org is a non profit organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of the historic Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in New Orleans from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee breaches of 2005. This organization has brought home more Lower Ninth Ward families than any other single organization. Conservatively, they estimate it taking another decade to rebuild this neighborhood.