With one common goal in mind, on March 12, a group of 16 Trinity students, led by Service Committee President Eric Robbert ’13 of LaGrange, Illinois, traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, to help repair houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The students were guests of Coalville United Methodist Church and worked with the church and with Hope Agency, a housing resource center, to help provide services for local families in need. Throughout the course of the week, the group repainted a house and cleaned up a family’s yard ravaged by a tornado that had hit days prior.
The students reported having an amazing and encouraging experience on the trip.
“It’s amazing to see how the little help you give can have such a great impact on people,” said nursing student Kylie Bond ’12 of Erie, Illinois. “Besides helping out the community, my favorite part was getting to know the rest of the Trinity volunteers. We’re practically like family now.
Bond added that everyone who participated gained something from the experience. “We really came together, accomplished a lot, and learned from each other.”
Students also had an opportunity to visit New Orleans and see the St. Joseph’s Day parade in the French Quarter.