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Fighting Poverty with Passion

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

We Just Call It Home_ Project Homecoming March Field Report_ Sara Skjerli

“… the most important 4-letter word in the English language is not love. It is home.”

March 17, 2016

From Past to Present to Future – NetWork Voluntours – Joey Couvillon

It’s 2016! At the beginning of every new year I look back at the previous one and reflect. To see ahead, it’s good to look behind. 2015 was a Huge … Continue reading

March 7, 2016

When You Want to Quit – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I’m a second term VISTA. This time last year, I was having doubts about whether I wanted to complete my first term. Like many VISTAs, there were times when I … Continue reading

February 23, 2016

Field Report: Maybe Cecil Just Isn’t Your Lion – Omote Ekwotafia

Regardless of the worthwhile social issue at hand, there seems to be someone against it. A lot of times, the reason for dissonance is that Issue “A” just doesn’t seem … Continue reading

January 22, 2016

Field Report: Louisiana Public Health Institute – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I’m spending my year working at the Louisiana Public Health Institute. As you can see, our offices are right across the street from the Superdome. We take up an entire floor … Continue reading

January 20, 2016

Field Report: Getting to Know You…My First Month as a VISTA – Omote Ekwotafia

Education reform is a slightly complex and thoroughly worthwhile issue, as I have learned in my first month at my host site, Cowen Institute. I really had a lot of … Continue reading

October 22, 2015

My very first steps as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

The day has finally arrived when I will be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in New Orleans, a city that helped me grow so much in my four years as … Continue reading

August 11, 2015

Field Report – Early Summer at Eden House!

The second half of May and the beginning of June have flown by and summer at Eden House is in full swing. One of the biggest developments has been the expansion of … Continue reading

June 20, 2014

Field Report: Eden House – A lot can happen in a year!

One of the main things I have learned from spending time with and around the recovery community while at Eden House is that time is only one means of marking … Continue reading

March 13, 2014



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