The Wake of Rita
Eight Days of Hope IV was the first time we worked in a state other than Mississippi and the second natural disaster from which we helped homeowners recover. We were headquartered outside of Lake Charles, LA where Hurricane Rita made landfall.
Cameron, LA is mostly bayou with many homes on stilts. These took the brunt of the Cat. 5 hurricane winds.
Many homes were so damaged that they had to be demolished.
One of the challenges of Eight Days of Hope IV was how far into the neighboring communities our volunteers need to travel every day from Lake Charles. Many jobs started by driving on a long road like this one.
Home Sweet Home
Lacassine High School donated their whole facility for our use during Eight Days of Hope IV. Go Cardinals!
We seem to have a thing for school gyms
The t-shirt color for Eight Days of Hope IV was actually two colors. Every volunteer got a lime green and hot pink shirt. You can also see volunteers wearing shirts from previous events.
Our male volunteers have gotten used to sleeping on hard wood floors
Ready to Work
Some of our volunteers have more energy than others
Ed is letting a local try out the Dry Wall Finisher's stilts.
This young man went out in Cat. 5 hurricane winds to secure the roof to the chicken coop in the back ground.
Graham Roofing Rocks!
Graham Roofing of Tupelo, MS came to many of our events. Their owner paid his crew to come work as our volunteers for a week. We gave them our toughest roofing jobs and they never broke a sweat.
Author of "I Ain't Comin' Back", Dolphus Weary came as a guest speaker
Frank Came Back
Frank Reich, a Buffalo Bills legend, came to speak to our volunteers during Eight Days of Hope IV. He made his first guest appearance during Eight Days of Hope I.