Alternative Spring Break a Success

April 20, 2011

Photo: Student working on a houseThe UNM Dean of Students Office and Student Activities Center hosted the first “Alternative Spring Break” trip for students Mar. 14-19, 2011. UNM students traveled to New Orleans, LA to assist St. Bernard Project with re-building houses for Hurricane Katrina survivors. 

The students helped with the finishing stages of two houses in St. Bernard Parish during the trip, both of which were owned by elderly couples who had to relocate out-of-state after Katrina. The students met two daughters of their site’s homeowners, one of them, Kimberly Clayton, will live in the house after it’s complete.  Clayton says it is a blessing to have the volunteers help in rebuilding her family’s home. The Clayton family is set to move back home in early April.
St. Bernard Project is a non-profit community based organization that helps Katrina victims return to their homes. Since they were established in 2006, they have created three programs to carry out their mission: the Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program . The Project relies mainly on volunteer work to help rebuild about 50 to 60 houses at any given time. For more information on St. Bernard Project, please visit their website at
Hallee Kells from the Dean of Students Office created a daily blog during the trip at Please contact Lisa Lindquist at the Dean of Students Office for more information about the trip at 505-277-3361 or