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« Struthers helps New Orleans

The final day

By youthministry (Contact)


Published July 16, 2009

   Today was our last workday at Lisa's house.  We touched up the walls, painted trim, and installed doors. Some students even got to experience the wonders of the nail gun, but all left with extremities intact! John Pitzulo, our construction leader and Godsend, was joined by his wife Veronica as we finished construction.  We also chatted with Miss Lydia today, the wonderful woman who makes our lunch each workday.  Catholic Charities rebuilt her house last year.  We finished with a bang - literally - as a refreshing thunderstorm aired out the home.

   After showers and paint removal (who said there was no time for a few paint fights?) we toured the New Orleans Cathedral, a minor Basillica that withstood the hurricane.  We then enjoyed the shops and visited the street entertainers as we experienced true New Orleans culture.

   We were treated to dinner at Disney's Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. by the Diocese of Youngstown.  Following a second ferryboat tour (the skylines are too beautiful to experience just once), we had the famous Coffee and Beignets from Cafe Du Monde.

   We nominated special awards to the following workers... (ask for explainations when we return home)

Most Deliriness - Robby Payne;  Least unpositive - Trista Goss;  Joe's right  hand -  Becky Cormell;  ER Queen - Carleen Kalasky;  Biggest Scardy Cat - Anthony Copolla;  John's Jester - Mike Safarek;  Roller Queen - Talia Radilovic;  Wowman - Jordan Burkey;  The Exterminator - Corey Patrick;  Dripps - Nick Gigax;  The Hand-printer - Hannah Balogh;  Finally of the closets - Madeline Kopper; Radio - Michael Wagner;  Least Likely to Get Hurt - JoAnne Bartos.

   It was a wonderful finish to a stellar week, and the girls were truly grateful.  Pray for us on our return, and thank you for making all of this possible. Sleep well and God Bless.


Comments

1MrG(15 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

"Blessings from above" is what I would call this trip. For if you look at the map you can visualize Youngstown being above New Orleans and take that into context as truly being "blessings from above".
Awesome job ladies and gents...you've done us proud. May St. Anthony be your guide and protection as you head on home.
I'm sure that you'll never forget your new found friends in Christ and will hold them ever dear to yor hearts...that goes for Big Al and Brutus too!
See you soon,
LYG,
Mr.G.

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2dpatrick(1 comment)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Congrautlations on a job well done!! You have all made us PROUD!! I am sure Lisa and her girls are so very greatful for all your hard efforts this week as she is that much closer to moving into her new home.

Please be safe on your journey back to Struthers!
God Bless...

See you soon.

Debby

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3pamg(3 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Well done Kids.... We are all so proud of you as I am sure the family there is.... Have a safe trip home.. can't wait to see you all...

See you soon

Pam

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4carkel(5 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic!! We're excited to hear all about your work in detail. I'm sure Ms. P is up above smiling and telling you all that "you are loved!" You've done us all proud, families, church and community! Get some rest on the way home and be safe! Can't wait to see you all!

Patty K

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5youthministry(12 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Everyone in Struthers is talking about how proud we all are of the great job you all did there. You are truly fantastic. Thank you Fr. Kevin and all the chaperons for caring about this wonderful group and taking care of you! God Bless you and we are all praying for your safe trip home!

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