As you read your Bell-Whether, you hopefully have good memories of our turkey supper fund raiser on December 13. Chef Mike needs to hold back on most real Louisiana cooking while in NH, but you can experience New Orleans food and culture again this coming Spring.

St. John’s will send their 10th VIM (Volunteers in Mission) team to work with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, LA. SBP asked us to return after their Spring Break rush to help finish up some houses. Our work week begins Monday, April 27 and ends Friday, May 1. This is school vacation for Dover High and several other area high schools.

SBP has rebuilt over 500 homes, yet has 130 families on their waiting list pending funding and volunteers. One recent “coming home” family tells this story:

Mary and her 12 year old son, Paul, moved 11 times after Hurricane Katrina. The changes took a toll on Paul’s grades and behavior. Within a week of moving home, Paul won an award for best behaved and most improved student. Paul reminds us every day how powerful home can be.

While there will be ground transportation to and from New Orleans, team members will have the option to fly, as did last Spring’s entire team. The Bolian family has again invited the team to stay at their “Tree House” in Slidell, across the lake from New Orleans East. Team members will have the option to attend Jazz Fest on May 2, prior to returning home. Mission team fees will be set in early 2015, and an Orientation meeting scheduled soon. Please watch for news in the Bell-Whether and on this site.

Patrick Murphy, VIM Team Leader