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October at the Freret Neighborhood Center—Liz Jurey

It may still be hot outside, but the fall season has definitely begun at the FNC. Most of our time has been spent prepping for our annual Halloween Party and getting things in order for our College Fair. Fortunately, we’ve had a great deal of help from our amazing Tulane and Loyola volunteers, interns, and service-learners.

Our Halloween Party will take place on Tuesday, October 28 at All Nations Fellowship on Napoleon. The purpose of this party is to provide youth from the Freret/Milan area with costumes and safe activities and to engage them in meaningful community building with adults and other youth in their neighborhood. This is the 8th annual party, and although we’ve had to scale the event down a bit, we’re very excited to welcome kids, distribute costumes, and celebrate Halloween together!

Our College Fair will take place at Green Charter School on November 8th, and is more of a Post-High School Options Fair, as we will provide information on different trades and service programs as well as education opportunities for high school graduates. In the past, we generally focused on giving attendees more information on local universities and the college application process. A few neighbors provided some feedback and suggested we get, say, Stan from the barbershop next door to come and talk about what he does, or maybe Scott from the cafe down the street to come and talk about his experience starting his own business. This great advice will assuredly make this event the best it’s ever been.

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Check out my poster design for this event!

In other news: this past Saturday, we had a couple groups of volunteers come out and do some work on homes in the area. One of the groups consisted of students from Jesuit High School, and the other came through Rebuilding Together. It was a great experience — all of the volunteers had excellent attitudes and were eager to help, and the homeowners were beyond grateful. Visiting the homes of Miss Williams and Miss Geneva (pictured below) was the highlight of my weekend. They were so welcoming, so kind, and so generous. It’s always refreshing to be reminded that you’re part of an amazing community, and this breath of fresh air came at the perfect time.

Miss Lizzie is a long-time friend of the FNC. We've helped to coordinate multiple projects on her home -- one of which involved removing lead paint from the exterior of her home. Her house was finally repainted this weekend!

Miss Lizzie is a long-time friend of the FNC. We’ve helped to coordinate multiple projects on her home — one of which involved removing lead paint from the exterior of her home. Her house was finally repainted this weekend!

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One volunteer helps to paint Miss Lizzie’s home.

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Amazing Jesuit High School students helped to clean up a few yards in the neighborhood.

Most importantly, a neighbor donated a tiny baby turtle. He’s very active, and I’ve temporarily named him Truman.

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Truman is looking for a home. He’s less than two inches in size, if that’s any incentive.

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2 comments on “October at the Freret Neighborhood Center—Liz Jurey

  1. griffithgray
    October 13, 2014

    You’ve been setting the bar very high with the level of artistry in your images! The photography from your last field report was outstanding. Great post!

    • liz jurey
      November 7, 2014

      Thanks!

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