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Adventures on the Cheap – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I love a road trip. Even though our income has been low since we arrived in Louisiana in 2014 (VISTAs married to teachers don’t tend to be wealthy), I haven’t … Continue reading

March 21, 2016


August has been a month of continual growth and change for me as a new VISTA! Moving from Baton Rouge seemed to be an easy task, but the Sunday after … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Counseling 101 – Beau Braddock

Hey Internet! Welcome back! Last week, I had the opportunity to complete my CTR training for the State of Louisiana. What is CTR you might ask? CTR stands for Counseling, … Continue reading

March 23, 2015

Field Report: Papaya Trees Don’t Do Well In Cold Weather

In August of 2013, the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project had a volunteer event to plant papaya trees donated to us for our first self planted orchard. We had a … Continue reading

December 22, 2013

Field Report: Kedila Family Learning Services

Happy New Year!  2013 brings new opportunities for Kedila to grow and further our mission of providing education, training, support services, and affordable and safe housing for the constituency we … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Field Report: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

  I can’t believe it’s been another month already! Before Isaac came along, I had anticipated that I would use this blog to provide an update on what has been … Continue reading

September 7, 2012

Field Report: Firstline Charter Schools

I write this field report – my first – the week after Hurricane Isaac shut down the city for nearly a week. As always, we continue on. And so I … Continue reading

September 5, 2012

Field Report: ARISE Academy

  In the past weeks I have learned more about the city of New Orleans than I have in the previous 3 years that I’ve lived here. Being able to … Continue reading

September 4, 2012

Field Report: Alliance for Affordable Energy

NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE   To me the end of  August will always represent the end of summer. In Pennsylvania, where I grew up, the summer weather was never … Continue reading

September 4, 2012

Field Report: Benjamin Banneker Elementary School

It started the first few days I was in New Orleans, even before I began working at Banneker. I would be at a party with friends, or strike up a … Continue reading

August 23, 2012



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