Academics

Ben Leyrer helps those stricken by Hurricane Katrina

Being on a liberal arts campus has given Ben Leyrer, English and theology major '06, several unique mission opportunities.  One such opportunity came in January 2006.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Leyrer volunteered to be part a hurricane relief team from WLC.  He gave up part of his Christmas break to travel to New Orleans with 10 classmates and spend a week gutting houses, ripping out carpet and drywall and doing general cleanup. Seeing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina first hand was an eye-opening experience.

“It must have been hard for some of the homeowners who helped clean up because they threw out everything they owned.  I can’t imagine what it would be like watching a crew of seven people throwing everything I own into a giant trash pile.”

Leyrer and the rest of the team worked hard and accomplished a lot during the trip, but they knew that their work was just the tip of the iceberg. “We didn’t even put the smallest dent in what needs to be done.  The only way it’s going to get cleaned up is if people just keep volunteering and chipping away at it little by little.”  Leyrer hopes to return to Louisiana someday soon to help people reestablish their homes and way of life.