A video put together by Ben

Posted on December 15th, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

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Getting to know the families we help

Posted on April 20th, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

We find that an important part of our volunteer’s overall experience is to have a chance to meet and speak with the homeowners that they are helping. Hearing first hand stories from these families provides our volunteers with a personal connection that makes the work they do more fulfilling.

Below: Our volunteers get the chance to speak with Dorothy and Lyndon Guidry.

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Below: Lyndon Guidry tells our group about what
his family went through following Hurricane Katrina

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Below: Jennifer, Cristina and Emma soak up somes rays just after lunch.

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Below: Our UCONN volunteers get a chance to to hear Ms. Carolyn Parker’s story.

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Where The Flavor’s At

Posted on April 16th, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

From time to time we show up with some crawfish for our volunteers to try.

Below: Mr. Guidry shows our UCONN volunteers how he eats crawfish. First you seperate the tail from the head. Then you suck out the head…that’s where all the flavor’s at! Then you pull the meat out of the tail. They’re spicy but once you start you can’t stop.

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This Old School

Posted on April 10th, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

On a few occasions we explored this old, run down, storm damaged school in the Lower 9th Ward.
The gutted building is at the corner of Jourdan St. and N. Rampart.

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In walking on the 2nd and 3rd floors you really have to watch your step as the wood is rotted in many areas.

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Jamie sits down to ponder what will happen to this historic building.

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Jamie can’t you keep a straight face for even a minute? “The Thinking Man”

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As the floors were so unstable, Ben climbs into the bathroom from an adjoining room.

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As you can see, the exterior wall (on the right) of the bathroom is no longer there. The view from this 3rd floor bathroom is great!

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Ironic!

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Of course Ben and Jamie have to give this a whirl.

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Canadians and Crawfish

Posted on March 23rd, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

As a thank you to our wonderful UWO volunteers we showed up on their last day with crawfish and Mardi Gras beads. Of course we gave them a lesson on the NOLA way to eat crawfish! Thank you to Amy, Alex, Nabila, Jason, Syeeda, Charu, Biju, Matt, Sneha, Charlotte, Brandon, Jordan, Danny, Jonny, Meredith, Lauren, Danielle, Katina, Shannon, Heather, Jenny and Jakob.

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Genevieve couldn’t help the Flavor Flave clock!

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Rebecca Chooses To Adopt an ARNO Puppy

Posted on February 17th, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

Rebecca, an OnSite Relief volunteer from Connecticut, adopts a puppy from ARNO (Animal Rescue of New Orleans) to bring home with her. For information on how to adopt a pet from New Orleans please visit www.animalrescueneworleans.org

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A Quick Tribute

Posted on February 16th, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

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As those close to me would know, my beloved cat Squeakers passed away this September at the age of 15 1/2. I had spent over half of my life with her and we had gone through so much together. Well, we have been working on the Dixon’s house here in New Orleans and a stray cat, who reminds me of my Squeakers, seems to have adopted the family. Mrs. Dixon is holding off on naming the cat until she moves into the house this April and is able to keep her. I really enjoy the fact that every week I get to spend a little time with a cat who reminds me of such good times. I miss you Bubs!

Above: my Squeakers

Below: The Dixon’s stray cat

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Branding

Posted on February 2nd, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

 We felt the need to make OnSite Relief more visible in the community so we made a stencil out of cardboard and spray painted our logo and a few Fleur de Lis on our van. Emma, Nick ,Genevieve and Justin had a great time doing it and got covered in lime and blue paint in the mean time. After our logo was on the hood we all signed it with a silver paint pen.

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Tent City in New Orleans - video

Posted on January 31st, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information by onsite

The homeless population in New Orleans has drastically increased since Hurricane Katrina. One are of the city where this crisis is visibly noticeable is under the I-10 over pass at Canal and Claiborne just north of the French Quarter. It is estimated that anywhere from 200-250 people are living there in tents and simply sleeping on  the ground. Mayor Ray Nagin was just on the local news tonight discussing this issue and stated that the tent city will be shut down following Mardi Gras next week.

Homes Still Untouched Since the Storm - video

Posted on January 31st, 2008 in New Orleans, Other information, Relief Work by onsite

If you were unsure of the current state of New Orleans then make sure to watch this short video. This house just doors down from the office of Lower Nine on El Dorado has not yet even been gutted. Furniture remains over turned and covered in mold, debris covers the floors and pieces of the fallen ceiling clutter each room.

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