To honor & recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, youth throughout the Diocese of Long Island were brought together to work in the Rockaways through two different organized events - MLK Youth Service Day (organized by Director of Youth Ministries, Myra Garnes Shuler via Respond & Rebuild) & MLK Jr Buildathon in the Rockaways (organized by Fr. Luke Fodor, curate of St. John's, Cold Spring Harbor via Habitat for Humanity). Much joy was experienced through all the hard work as seen below...
Youth & Adults Spend a Day of Service in the Rockaways
by Myra Garnes Shuler
Myra Garnes Shuler with youth and adults from St. David’s-Cambria Heights, Holy Trinity-Valley Stream, and St. Mark’s-Brooklyn preparing for the day together.
Sixteen youth and adults from across the Diocese participated in the January 21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day in Far Rockaway. The group gathered at Trinity-St. John's Church in Hewlett to prepare for their work day. In collaboration with RESPOND AND REBUILD the group split into three teams and worked to help three homeowners clean and prepare their homes for return to a safe, mold-free living space.
Jeff explains the safety procedures
that must be followed
Myra Garnes Shuler, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, coordinated the trip and encourages youth groups to schedule mission trips or service days for their parishes allowing for mutual partnership and transformation. "We worked hard and had tangible results that we were supporting our neighbors. We shared moving and inspiring stories with one another. We were blessed to have made the connections we did and plan to return to help other families rebuild."
A quick photo break with the homeowner
Terri and Diego give instructions and
background information about Respond and Rebuild
Youth and adults from St. Augustine’s-Brooklyn take a quick break from their work
MLK Jr Buildathon in the Rockaways
by The Rev. Luke Fodor
We had 33 adults and youth from Christ Church in Oyster Bay and St.John's in Cold Spring Harbor (as well as a few friends--both teachers and students--from Portledge School in Locust Valley and the CSH High School). We worked in 7 houses: installing floors, doing mold remediation, installing insulation, and demo-ing houses to prepare for reconstruction. One of our parishioners is a contractor and he was teaching the youth skills in the process!