As we are entering the season of Lent, I know that God will continue to guide us together in our journey to do His work in New Orleans. Let us take this time to make a proactive change in both ourselves and those we serve as we rebuild hope. There are so many ways to get involved around town - why not take the next 40 days and challenge yourself to take an hour or two a week to devote to those in need? Below are some links to our partner organizations here in New Orleans - but if you're a RHINO from out of town, try reaching out to your local Habitat branch or food bank!
Second Harvest Food Bank
Magnolia Community Services
Keep on rebuilding hope y'all!
Hello again! Two blog updates in one day - aren't y'all lucky RHINOs!
Starting today, "firstname.lastname@example.org" is where to go with all of your RHINO-related questions and comments - I promise to get to them ASAP! Also, per some of y'all's requests, I thought I'd include a few sentences about who I am so you have a feel for who will be leading your beloved organization. So here goes:
A native New Orleanian, I have weathered several hurricanes and truly understand and appreciate the hope all of you bring to our magical city through your service. I graduated in December 2013 with my Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, where I also attended as an undergraduate student (with a brief foray to University of Richmond during Hurricane Katrina). I am a member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) and was blessed enough to direct a Christmas Camp for the church which served over 30 children in the Pension Town/Pigeon Town/ West Carrollton this past holiday season. Seeing God's love alive and well in that community filled me with joy and excitement that I am carrying into this new adventure with all of you! When I'm not here in the office or on-site with y'all - you can find me playing fetch on the levee with my pitbull, Praline (see her below) or trying out new places to eat around town!
I wanted to introduce myself and to tell you that I am so excited to take over this wonderful ministry program from my fantastic predecessors. I am looking very forward to getting to know each and every one of you and continuing the legacy you have left and continue to leave in this magical city through your work with RHINO. I know that many of you have been working with Mary Molly in this interim period, and she will be on hand for the rest of this week to help us through this transition!
Starting today, this email will be where to go with all of your RHINO-related questions and comments, and Avery’s (our previous director) email will be discontinued. I do ask that you bear with me over the next couple of weeks as I get a hold of all the inner workings here at RHINO – there are a lot of details involved to make your trips unforgettable! I can’t wait to meet y’all and look forward to hosting all of you down here as you do such important work.
Last week we had two huge groups in from Susquehanna University and the United Presbyterian Church in Laramie, Wyoming. I had a blast getting to know y'all and serving with you, and hope for more opportunities to do so in the future!
Cheers to a joyous 2014 doing God’s work and Rebuilding Hope In New Orleans!
We recently had a group of 6 church members travel to Moore OK for a Rebuilding Hope Mission Trip to help recovery efforts from May tornados in the area. SCAPC members were in Moore Dec. 4th-8th and were working with an organization called ServeMoore. Serve Moore is a collaborative effort of multiple churches and organizations working together to serve the people of Moore, Oklahoma.
We want to say a special thank you to Kathy Randall, Richard Seelman, Greg Beuerman, Lisa Eldredge, Aimée! Bell, and Leon Hinson who traveled to Moore, OK to spread God's word and teaching by going out into the communities and making a difference.
Pictures from Rebuilding Hope Mission trip 2013 in Moore, OK
Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything? Give the Gift of Hope this Christmas Season.
The popular RHINO Ministry Christmas cards are currently on sale. This year's Faces of Hope card is the perfect gift to give in honor or in memory or to say thank you to special friends and family members. As always, when you buy the cards we'll be happy to address, stamp, and get these in the mail for you. Each card can be purchased for a $10 donation.
If you would like get an order form or if you have questions, please contact Ruth Hinson, RHINO Ministry chair at email@example.com or you can respond to this blog post as well to get more information.
All proceeds help SCAPC further our vision of Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans through both the RHINO and Camp RHINO mission ministries.