COLLEGE CARPENTRY PROGRAM ASSISTS WITH HURRICANE KATRINA
Kaskaskia College Carpentry Program spent a week in April
in Mississippi helping with Hurricane Katrina Relief.
Kaskaskia College Carpentry Program Director Pete Donnelly
said that the student organization for the Building Trades
Program decided that a trip to the Gulf Coast would be
beneficial. Donnelly said that he contacted Catholic Social
Services and decided to make the trip the week after Easter.
He said that Catholic Social Services was very excited
to have carpentry people in the gulf coast to assist with
said that they all stayed in a retreat center where they
were put up in a dorm style room and were fed two meals
a day. They were given work assignments each day and on
their first day, which was Monday, they went to a town
called Moss Point. Donnelly said this town was a poor
area and there was still a lot of damage and FEMA tarps
on half the roofs of the town.
town in Mississippi that they stayed in, Pass Christian,
was were the eye of Hurricane Katrina hit land. Donnelly
said that on one house they stripped the roof and replaced
12 rafters. Donnelly said that the owners of the house
they worked on lived in a FEMA trailer three feet from
their house. During the middle of the week Donnelly and
the students traveled on Highway 90 and witnessed first
hand for 45 miles the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
He said that it was just devastated from one end to the
other and was told it was that way for 170 miles. Donnelly
said that the 38-foot wave that hit the coast destroyed
everything and block after block was vacant except for
foundations that used to house homes and buildings. There
is not a lot of re-construction going on at this point,
people are still cleaning up.
were 12 people that went to Mississippi and the week that
they were down there they worked on a total of four houses.
Donnelly said that seeing what happened in Mississippi
affected all the students and himself and also said that
the people of Mississippi were very appreciative that
12 people from Illinois came to help them rebuild their
lives. Donnelly also said that every student who went
to the gulf coast said they would go back to help more
if they could.