The Tablet: Dominican Youth Help Rebuild the Rockaways
By Sister Gina Fleming, O.P.
During the week of Jan. 5-9, nine young adults, who are members of the Dominican Young Adults Chapter at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, L.I., came together to participate in a service project in the Rockaways.
The project was sponsored by Friends of Rockaway and the St. Bernard Project, which have teamed up to continue the rebuilding of homes devastated by superstorm Sandy. Joining the young adults from Molloy were five associates from our own congregation as well as four of their friends.
The week began with arrival on Sunday evening, settling into bedrooms, a short tour of the house, dinner and an overview of the plan for the week.
Much to their dismay, the students had to rise each morning (sometimes with some prompting) at 6:15 a.m., prepare their breakfast, make their lunch (which they needed to bring to the site each day) and be ready to leave by 7 a.m.
That was quite a challenge, but they were real troopers and were ready to go. Because of the large number of students and others in our group, we had to split up and work at two different sites. This was a challenge as far as transportation, but once again, we survived. Read more.