A group of St. Philip’s Church volunteers traveled to New Orleans to assist in the rebuilding of a Gentilly neighborhood home. The church, in Garrison, has now sponsored eight trips since Hurricane Katrina devastated that city in 2005. Volunteers making the trip were: James Bopp, Mike and Lynn Carano, Phil Guttridge, Bob and Barbara Mellon, Frank Ortega, Joseph Plummer, Nat Prentice, and Paul Richter. Many have volunteered on previous trips. According to Nat Prentice, who is the senior warden of the St. Philip’s Vestry (church council), the New Orleans rebuilding project represents an important outreach effort. “This is a church-to-church connection that grew out of our congregation’s strong interest in helping rebuild the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina,” he explains. “. . . it does a great job of organizing the projects so that even people with no building skills like me can participate with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. We all feel that something meaningful was achieved in the week we were there.”
Another trip is planned for late spring. To volunteer, call the St. Philip’s Church office at 845-424-3571.