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Home Wreckers

Natalie Babij '05
Natalie Babij '05 (front) and Patrick Cuttica '06 (background) strip sheetrock out of a hurricane-damaged house.

During the December "Katrina Help" service trip to Biloxi, Miss., students and staff advisors volunteered with the relief organization HandsOn USA, working on demolition and debris removal. Trip Leader and Director of Student Activities Linda Kennedy described the work of the "interiors" demolition crews: "Our work is varied, interesting, and hard. 'Interiors' are crews of about 20 that go out every day to gut houses. Usually this means they are opening the house up for the first time since the storm. The houses are full of sodden junk. We drag the junk to debris piles outside that are about 12-feet high. When the house is empty, we remove all the interior trim and then pull off all the walls and flooring. This takes 20 people all day."

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Last Updated: 5/30/08