I started this blog to keep my church, friends and family updated on my year volunteering in Katrina recovery with the Presbyterian Church (USA). I've now signed on for a second year working in disaster recovery and another year living in Mississippi. It's getting good....

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


....I woke up and searched property rolls to verify homeowner information. Sleepy.
....I went to a Long Term Recovery Meeting to learn about the $435million the state has in funding for hazard mitigation, that they still haven't exactly figured out how to disburse and share with homeowners in desperate need. Frustrated.
....I presented a case to the Long Term Recovery Committee in order to apply for funding for building materials and was told I needed to go back to the client and get more personal information to share with a room full of strangers who get to decide which people are most deserving of assistance. More frustrated and almost angry.
....I had lunch with fellow volunteers working at another camp in town. Happy and full.
....I went with my program coordinator to pick out a new wheel for Burt, the green machine. Thrilled to have fixable car and support of program coordinator.
....I returned to the office to push some paperwork and call some homeowners. Busy.
....I met with a casework volunteer who is kicking butt and helping lots of homeowners in the devastated East-Biloxi neighborhood. Inspired.
....I checked the mail at work and received a sweet card (and check!) from a wonderful church member back home. Loved.
....I called a college friend and learned that she got engaged over the weekend. Beaming with joy for K and J.
....I walked with my housemate who's in the midst of a work crisis. Back to frustrated and a bit heart-broken.
....Ate dinner with housemates and program coordinator and reminisced about our old, wild college ways and funny things that gross boys do. Old.
....Sat down to reflect on the day, say a little prayer and think about how to do it all again tomorrow, plus Wednesday office hours. Tired. Excited. Frustrated. Ready. Unprepared. Hopeful. Hopeful. Hopeful.

1 comment:

Becca said...

Yay for fixed cars (not like the neutered kind) and supportive program coordinators!