Student Lives Compassion; Serves NOLA

At the beginning of January, social workSpalding student rebuilds homes in New Orleans. student TaNaa’ Davis took a six-day mission trip to New Orleans, where she stayed with other volunteers and Sisters of Charity from around the country at the House of Charity.

“The sisters that I had the honor of working with are just caring, loving, strong, and powerful women,” says Davis. “I greatly admire and look up to each and every one of them.”

The group worked together with the non-profit organization St. Bernard Project that rebuilds houses damaged by natural disaster. The two homes, which Davis helped to rehab, had been damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

“It was my first time putting up insulation and dry wall,” says Davis. “The damage that was still down there just broke my heart. I wanted to help more; I felt like being there for a week was just not good enough. The people that we helped and the people that we met in New Orleans were so grateful. They said it gave them some hope that they were not forgotten.”

Davis says she feels blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the culture of New Orleans—the delicious seafood, sugar-dusted beignets, lively music, and especially the people, who she described as warm, welcoming and inspiring with their random acts of kindness.

“This is an experience that I won’t forget,” says Davis. “Service is a huge part of my life. When you help other people, they are helping you as well. I receive joy in helping someone else who’s in need. It warms my heart, and it feels good to leave a positive impact on someone else’s life.”