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It has been a month since record rainfall tragically flooded our state and people are still struggling to recover. The flood waters have receded and Rebuilding Together Acadiana is currently helping in the clean-up process. In partnership with AmeriCorps members through University of Louisiana Lafayette,  NCCC and ADRT and collaborations with other organizations like Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, we have been serving throughout the community to help those whose homes are still being threatened by the after effects of the historic flooding here in Acadiana.

The relief effort is ongoing and Rebuilding Together Acadiana is proud to lead in that effort.  We are preparing for the transition to home rebuilding and are looking forwards to helping families return to their homes and lives!

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This Semester has been a good one. We built 8 ramps with the help of some local volunteers and University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps members. The semester also brought along the end of Brooks Carroll’s term of service with Rebuilding Together Acadiana. We will miss everyone that we’ve had to say goodbye to, but are very thankful for the time we’ve shared with them!!!

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Our CapacityCorps members are required to develop a service project during their year with us.  This past Saturday our members worked with a Ranger at Chicot State Park to build a new trail bridge and perform maintenance on others.  Check them out!

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A throwback to the last time Rebuilding Together Acadiana hosted the annual Martin Luther King, Jr event to celebrate the news that we will be hosting again this coming January!  This is just one of the homes that AmeriCorps members worked on during the week long event in 2010.  We’re very excited to have them back!

 

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As I suspect most of y’all know, our Ramps and Rails program is a hallmark of Rebuilding Together Acadiana.  Through a partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s AmeriCorps program, we are able to build a ramp a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Our crew members this semester have already proven themselves incredibly dedicated and awesome people!  They have already finished two ramps and will be doing another this week.

Thanks for all your hard work guys, looking forward to the rest of the semester!

 

Weds Crew

Eric, Brittany and Christina bright eyed and ready to work.

 

Aimee, Arnelle, and Nia (and the ladies of RTA) with their first completed ramp!

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Getitdone

So, as y’all probably know, our Ramps and Rails program is a big part of what we do here at Rebuilding Together Acadiana.  Our partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps program has enabled us to build an average of 7 wheelchair ramps for homeowners in Acadiana every semester.

But sometimes we get a crew willing to work during the summer gap.  And sometimes, that crew is our amazing intern Adrianna, a visiting CapacityCorps member from Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (hi, Alison!) and our own CapCorps alum, Erika.  These gals came together to build a ramp for Ms. Brenda at the beginning of July (apparently, they aren’t scared of the heat!)

This particular ramp might have also been built on the last two days of CapacityCorps service of one Ms. Julia Judge, so it was extra special.

Hope y’all are having a great summer, we sure are!

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Since we are very bad at saying goodbye, and since we are currently in denial about Julia actually leaving after two years of AmeriCorps service with Capacity Corps, we decided a photo montage was the only way to go.  Thank you for the countless hours, the sweet jams, the blood, sweat, and tears, thank you for every ramp plan redrawn in haste (and every ramp plan… and every ramp) Thanks for the bro tanks, for the hugs, for not falling off that ladder, for getting a chain, for the home inspections at 9 am and at 430 pm, for late night warehouse runs, for solo lugging 2x4x16s, for everything you’ve ever gotten stuck in your hair, for the patience and the joy and all the capacity you built here.  Good luck in California, we love you!

 

Judgey, we’re gonna miss you when you’re gone.

Gonna miss you by your hair

Gonna miss you everywhere

 

We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone

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Gonna miss you by your walk

 

Gonna miss you by your talk

We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone

 

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