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Briarcliff's Project Relief Returns Home

"Project Relief, a group of about 40 people from churches in Briarcliff, Scarborough and Peekskill are sending daily dispatches from their week volunteering in New Orleans. See all the Project Relief stories ."

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Westchester volunteers of Project Relief are back in their Briarcliff Manor, Ossining and Peekskill homes.

The group spent seven days last week in New Orleans as part of Project Relief – a volunteer February break program to rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Project Relief began five years ago when local Briarcliff youth told adults from Briarcliff Congregational Church, Scarborough Presbyterian Church and Peekskill Presbyterian Church that they wanted to volunteer their time to help repair the City of New Orleans after the 2005 hurricane.

After returning from the group’s sixth trip this week, Briarcliff Manor chaperone Amy Ludwig said she was “very proud” of the work the team accomplished.

“It was a great week and we all had a really wonderful time,” Ludwig said. “It was eye opening and it’s amazing how devastated a lot of the areas still are. A lot of the organizations we worked with believed in restoring the whole community, not just people’s houses.”

Director Peter Clements of Ossining said the project was “a huge success.”

“I think it was a fantastic trip,” Clements said. “It was tremendously meaningful for all of the volunteers involved and I’m very proud of what we were able to do.”

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