2019 MIH

Dr. Mark Norris joined biology majors Adara Griggs, Cat Dietrich, Sarah Bonfils, and Stephen Ferrara, plus other SU students, alumni, and faculty as part of SU's Mission: I'm Home annual alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans.  Mission: I'm Home is a student club on campus; the organization focuses on rehabilitating damaged or destroyed houses enabling displaced families to return home. MIH organizes the annual trips to New Orleans, LA, where they partner with the St. Bernard Project and Habitat for Humanity in an effort to restore residential areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Morgan Somerville (Director of Student Engagement) is a co-founder of the group and does the organizing. This year is the 10th anniversary of the first SU trip. Now more than 600 students have gone on trips and there are multiple trips per year to Baltimore, New Orleans, and Houston. The SU team worked in 3 groups, each on a different house, throughout the week. Work on the houses included hanging drywall, installing flooring, doors, painting, and other finishing touches. In addition to working on the houses, the group went to a St. Patrick's Day parade, visited the Louisiana State Museum, the Living Museum in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, and had a crawfish boil to celebrate the 10th anniversary.