My name is Garrett Kenehan, and I’m participating in this year’s New Orleans rebuilding trip along with 9 other great colleagues. I am excited to participate, but don’t quite know what to expect. I’ve never been involved with Habitat for Humanity before, and can’t say I’ve ever built a house (although I did run some electrical in my old house – don’t tell the city inspector). However, neither of those facts minimize the excitement that I feel as I pack up to go down and help. Hopefully, along the way, I can share my experiences with you.
I remember reading last year’s blog as I was joining the faculty here at Berklee. At the time, I was trying to get all the information I could about the college, but the reporting from that trip stuck with me in a powerful way. Perhaps it was the impact that the participants felt, or the description of the appreciation from the residents. Whatever it was, when I saw this year’s call, I knew that I wanted to participate and help. I have never “been without” as many others have, and feel that I should do something to share my good fortune. I am very thankful that I was able to join the group and look forward to having a life-altering experience.