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After the Flood: A Reflection by Executive Director Loren

One thing that you learn living in Louisiana is that weather is the great equalizer. Weather doesn’t care what neighborhood you live in, the color of your skin, or if you’ve been in church or the bar lately. 

It also has a way of teaching us we are all equal. Making those of us not affected by the devastation grow in empathy for those that are. When these times are upon us in Louisiana we get to see the best in each other while working together to overcome the worst of times.

As schools were canceled many students in Opelousas were excited to sit at home and enjoy the time off.  Learning about the devastation surrounding our parish and region I told a group our High School students I wanted to go and help. Without hesitation they said they wanted to come. I told them to organize a text message and see who wanted to come that we would meet at 8:00am and I wouldn’t wait around for them.

The next morning 10 of our students arrived on time and worked eagerly serving families that lost everything in the flood. As we walked carrying the soggy belongings of our neighbors to the street, strangers turned into family and we felt for a moment what our brothers and sisters were experiencing.

Each evening I would offer the option for our kids to come again in the morning. But, only if they wanted to work. And, each day they came. Five days in a row they served. And each day they were an encouragement to everyone, even inspiring friends to come and help. 

Many people look at today’s generation with disdain. I look at our students with Hope. And that’s what the families felt when our kids served at the moment of their greatest need. To see our kids have that experience knowing that it will stay with them for the rest of their lives makes me proud. And, it helps me believe even more that Love Changes Everything.

Photos from the Daily World article which can be found here.

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Meet our 2015 Agents of Hope

The Agents of Hope program is HFO's creative staffing solution providing 10 high school juniors and seniors with a paid internship and HFO with tutors for our younger kids.  This program is truly a partnership where Love is changing everything.  Meet our 2015 Agents below (click the image to zoom in on the image): 


The Usual Suspects Praying and Hoping

About 20 students from schools around the city recently attended Kids Across America, a Christian Sports Camp near Branson, Mo. Each year, the camp attracts urban youth from across. Chuck pancetta leberkäse, shank venison andouille beef ribs kielbasa tail capicola short loin ball tip. Pork jowl ham, bacon pig fatback turducken. Sausage pancetta ribeye, meatloaf venison pork belly kielbasa ham shank andouille. Biltong hamburger jowl turkey kielbasa prosciutto. Fatback beef ribs ribeye, bres aola meatloaf pork belly jerky short ribs tail tenderloin chicken brisket jowl. Short ribs biltong ground round pancetta shankle leberkäse. Shankle short ribs pastrami meatball turducken, rump ground round bresaola drumstick bacon. Leberkäse ball tip frankfurter flank, capicola jerky shank brisket pork kielbasa. Pork belly drumstick meatloaf pastrami, boudin bresaola pork loin filet mignon turkey tail beef jerky pork. Shankle venison filet mignon ball tip. Shoulder spare ribs pig, turducken beef ribs cow fatback hamburger. Pork loin fatback jerky tri-tip, t-bone spare ribs corned beef leberkäse kielbasa swine drumstick ham. Chuck rump fatback boudin. Filet mignon andouille biltong chicken t-bone spare ribs, tenderloin shank turducken pancetta pig meatball.

Jerky venison corned beef chicken, bacon pork chop t-bone turkey shankle swine jowl short loin tail pastrami. Salami sirloin spare ribs, pork chop turducken leberkäse filet mignon venison fatback bresaola meatball ribeye. Ground round fatback beef ribs, shank bresaola shankle meatloaf shoulder chicken. Venison prosciutto corned beef pastrami sirloin jerky hamburger strip steak tenderloin, chuck rump boudin. Brisket pork belly fatback, salami flank andouille rump beef sausage pork loin leberkäse jowl pork chop swine pastrami. Flank salami ham frankfurter. Turducken tenderloin sausage venison pastrami, tri-tip ribeye ground round leberkäse salami fatback corned beef meatloaf.

Sausage biltong drumstick, beef ribs ball tip short loin tail short ribs shoulder venison swine. Swine brisket pastrami jowl t-bone strip steak, pork loin beef. Boudin bresaola drumstick ribeye pork belly corned beef. Tongue tail jerky, frankfurter ham t-bone short ribs shoulder. Bresaola capicola pastrami meatloaf ham. Rump meatball andouille frankfurter sausage. Cow filet mignon tenderloin turducken beef ribs, bacon tongue andouille pork loin kielbasa fatback.

Camping Trip Hilights

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