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Clarke Campus Ministry Office Impacts Hurricane Relief

posted on August 23, 2006

When hurricanes devastated the south last year, members of the Clarke College community immediately looked for ways to help. One year after hurricane relief efforts began, money raised from Clarke’s student-sponsored hurricane relief efforts is still supporting those in need following the disaster.

Led by the Clarke campus ministry office, gifts amounting to $10,000 supported the Rebuild Center, part of St. Joseph Church in New Orleans. The Rebuild Center is an umbrella organization and central location for several outreach ministries of the parish.

One group benefiting from the Rebuild Center’s funding is Lantern Light, run by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM). When one of Clarke’s service trip teams was in New Orleans, the group met with Beth Driscoll, PBVM, of Dubuque, to learn about the Lantern Light ministry to the poor and homeless in New Orleans.

Hurricane relief fundraising efforts also provided $2,000 to the Operation Helping Hands Program of the New Orleans Archdiocese Catholic Charities Office. Operation Helping Hands mobilizes volunteers to help the neediest home owners within the Archdiocese of New Orleans clean-up their neighborhoods and restore their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Clarke’s campus ministry office sponsored two service trip teams to New Orleans, one in January and one in May, through the Operation Helping Hands Program. The teams gutted and cleaned five homes in nine days. Approximately 1,000 homeowners remain on the Operation Helping Hands list, anxiously waiting for volunteers to the area.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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