Having the opportunity to work with NOCAC/CARE has been very enlightening. The people here are amazing and very supportive. I learned more than I ever thought I would about child abuse, and have so much respect for what NOCAC and the CARE Center does to help those in need. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of people. I had the chance to help prepare manuals, research for awareness campaigns, participate in fundraising efforts, plan activities with kids, play with kids, and help with accreditation. Furthermore, I am lucky to have the opportunity to sit in forensic interviews and medical exams, allowing me to gain even more appreciation for what this organization does. I can only hope that what I have accomplished and given back to NOCAC and CARE is just as much as what they have given me this summer.
Despite the tragedies and losses suffered, the people and the city have never given up. The city has amazing spirit and vitality, and it’s inspiring just how far it has come since Hurricane Katrina. I am really going to miss New Orleans. I am going to miss the streetcar and the variety of architecture I admire everyday on the way to work. I’m going to miss the food and the music. The people of NOCAC/CARE and of New Orleans. I am so happy to have been a part of this program, and I hope to come back to New Orleans in the future!