Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Service Trip April 2015

In April of 2015 fifteen members and friends of the Congregational Church of Laconia will be traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to work with Re-Member, an organization dedicated to working with the Lakota people to improve lives on Pine Ridge.  Re-member works to create better homes, better jobs, better health, and a better life for the people of Pine Ridge.

The Congregregational Church of Laconia sponsored an intergenerational one-week service trip to Nashville, Tennessee.  After the flooding that occurred back in the spring of 2010, our neighbors in Nashville are still in desperate need of assistance.  This long-term disaster recovery effort was organized by the national United Church of Christ. 

In Nashville, over 2,100 building permits have been issued to home owners to repair/rebuild their homes.  Many of these home owners do not have the means (insurance or funds from FEMA) to restore their homes without help from volunteers.  Many have not had a safe place of their own to live since the floods occurred.

The role of the wider United Church of Christ in disasters is focused on the technology-caused disasters and on the long-term recovery of a community. 

Here are some details about Laconia's trip:
Dates:  April 24 - 30, 2011 (April school vacation week)
Location:  Nashville, Tennessee
Participants:  Bethany Clarke, Don Clarke, Mikayla Clarke, and Sally Tinkham
Housing:  Brookmeade UCC, Nashville, TN
Your service is needed for Long-Term Disaster Recovery from floods in the Nashville, TN area to repair/rebuild homes.    

 Our presence and service with the clean-up and repair/rebuilding of homes several months after a disaster helps assure people that they are not alone or forgotten.


Pictured above are participants in the one-week service trip to Philadelphia over April school vacation week.
Working with human service agencies in the city of Philadelphia, participants spent time working in food pantries and rehabilitation facilities, serving meals to homeless persons, and helping with an HIV/AIDS outreach program.   Highlights included a walking mural tour, eating Philly Cheesesteak Subs, attending a worship service at a Quaker Meetinghouse, visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and a game of mini-golf at Frankin Park Square.  The staff and members of Old First Reformed Church, UCC (located in the heart of downtown Philly next to the US Mint) served as our gracious hosts.  We learned so much from the people of the "City of Brotherly Love" - thank you for a wonderful experience!