Purdue and IU students join hands to help hurricane relief

University Lutheran Church at Purdue sent a team of students to Port Arthur, Texas in March 2018 to continue work on homes devastated by hurricane Harvey. Led by Rev. Justin Herman of West Lafayette, the intercollegiate team of Purdue and Indiana University students volunteered their spring break to help residents return to their homes.

  1. Purdue ROTC student Ben Scholar and Pastor Justin Herman prepare drywall for installation. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  2. Purdue engineering student Ruthann Weedon finishes a ceiling joint in a restored home in Port Arthur. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  3. Home owner Joshua Pham, background, chats with Indiana University optometry student Daniel O’Connor finish sanding in the entry hallway of the Port Arthur residence. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  4.  Indiana optometry student Daniel O’Connor and Purdue engineering student Ruthann Weedon install fresh insulation to the walls damaged by hurricane Harvey. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  5. Ben Scholer and Colten Lottes of Purdue’s Beta Sigma Psi fraternity stand atop debris cleared from a Port Arthur home. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  6. Purdue’s Iris Zhao and Joe Evelo prepare drywall for installation as work continues on a Port Arthur residence ravished by hurricane Harvey flood waters. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  7. Port Arthur residents join the mission team for a photograph as the week’s work draws to a close. Among those travelling from Indiana were Joe Evelo, standing third from left, Ruthann Weedon, Susan Linson, Daniel O’Connor and Eric Schlene. Kneeling are Rev. Justin Herman, Colten Lottes and Ben Scholar. Photo/ Eric Schlene
  8. Team members enjoy the warm salt air as they ride the car ferry to Galveston Island for rest and recreation on the last day of the trip. Photo/ Eric Schlene