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Fighting Poverty with Passion

unCommon Construction Blog 2

Hi everyone, A lot has happened in regards to my organization and VISTA experiences since my last blog. Our apprentice program began on September 24th, and last Saturday we had … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Journey to Mastering New Orleans Cuisine

One of the best aspects of New Orleans is the food. From tasty beignets to the savory taste of gumbo, New Orleans has some of the most flavorful dishes in … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Orleans Syringe Access Program (NOSAP)

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected many millions around the globe. In the 80’s the focus of the cause was on homosexual males. Today the greatest transmission of HIV/AIDS virus is … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

It takes HANDS to build a HOUSE, but only Hearts can build a HOME.

Hello and happy fall to all of the faithful blog readers! It has been a hectic past couple of months here at Project Homecoming working diligently to find the perfect … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Empowering a Community Through Dance

In the city of New Orleans, there are over 1,000 non-profit organizations providing a number of different services to community members. Outside of my routine work schedule at my non-profit, … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Field Report: Woodlands Conservancy- Carly

September marked the start of the 2016-2017 Seeds to Saplings Program, Woodland Conservancy’s environmental education service learning project. Through Seeds to Saplings we educate students on the issues impacting their … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Field Report: YMCA Educational Services (YES!)–Stephanie

Since my last post, we held our open house with relevant success. There was a period of panic a couple of days prior to the event when the printing company, who … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Stepping Back & Asking More Questions

(In which the author talks about her feelings in fragmented thoughts the day after our fall exhibit, The Cost of Home, goes up, which by the way, is free and open … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rusty Dilapidations – Why Ethnography and Health Needs Assessments Matter

On a recent Monday afternoon, I follow a community health worker through the swampy southern Louisiana air, as she points to rusty dilapidations, pausing to reminisce her memories as a … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

unCommon Construction Blog 1

Hi! My name is Stephen Barkan and I am the AmeriCorps VISTA at unCommon Construction. The organization has an apprenticeship program for currently enrolled high school students, teaching them baseline … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment


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