Photo by: Gloria Cavallaro Duane explains to the group the history of the Annunciation Mission, the rules of the house, and how Hurricane Katrina has affected New Orleans and their organization.
Getting To Know New Orleans While the early morning departure left most of the party weary-eyed, it was a great opportunity to get to know the city that would be the focus of the tour's efforts. When the group arrived at Annunciation Mission, their home for the next 10 days, they began to receive an education about New Orleans and the city's post-Katrina plight. Duane Nettles, the Director, spoke passionately about the focus of the mission, the history of New Orleans and its people, and the work that the CUNYAC Goodwill Tour would be doing over the next ten days. "The most important thing that you all are going to do is arriving today," said Mr. Nettles. He hammered home the point that the city did not receive the much needed help from different forms of government. As much as the community service would physically help New Orleans, the act of being here and helping is far more important to the people trying to rebuild. The students and staff of the CUNYAC were touched by these words. "The people seem genuine," said Herschel Jenkins of the College of Staten Island. "They are here because they want to be. I was reminded of my hometown of Newark, New Jersey," continued the sophomore men's basketball player.
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