Real Break New Orleans
March 4-9, 2013
With many families and individuals left without a home following brutal storms along the Gulf coast, the Real Break New Orleans team will put love into action and build hope by offering relief to those affected these natural disasters. This trip brings together OCF with IOCC and Habitat for Humanity, to provide an opportunity for college students to change a family’s life by building a home.
Students need to be prepared for 4 days of hard work as the team will be working outside doing anything from laying cement and building frames to roofing and painting.
The goals of this trip are to build a home, witness firsthand the damage done by natural disasters, interact with families who have lost their homes, and enter into a daily life of prayer and hard work with other college students from across the country.
Information about International Orthodox Christian Charities
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond. It was established in March 1992 as the official international humanitarian organization of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). In seeking to provide assistance to the poor, either in response to emergencies or long term socio-economic development needs, IOCC’s fundamental policy is to develop a sustainable indigenous capacity to carry out such programs. All programs are guided by the two goals of program integrity and the highest standards of stewardship to donors.
IOCC maintains relationships with other institutions so that Orthodox Christian humanitarian concerns and initiatives are appropriately represented. IOCC is registered with the U.S. Agency for International Development and is eligible to receive funds for foreign assistance from the U.S. Government. It is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and relief agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy, and InterAction, a coalition of U.S. based non-governmental organizations that carry out humanitarian assistance programs overseas. As a member, IOCC is bound by the InterAction code of professional ethics. IOCC is active in ecumenical initiatives both with the National Council of the Churches of Christ and with the World Council of Churches and the ACT Alliance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: www.iocc.org
There are limited spaces for each destination. To secure your spot, register online at www.ocf.net with a $150 deposit. Final payment will be due by January 30, 2013. However, if you opt to set-up a credit card hold, final payment is not due until 2 weeks after the end of your trip. To set up the hold please call 661-412-2267 by January 30, 2013 to securely process this information.
Trip Cost - $650.00
The cost includes ground transportation, lodging, meals, and materials; however, it does not include the domestic flight to and from New Orleans (MSY). You are strongly encouraged to book your domestic flight as soon as you receive confirmation that your Real Break trip is Active - There are enough participants for the trip to happen.
If you fundraise over the trip cost, you are eligible to receive a reimbursement of the cost of your domestic flight up to the overage amount fundraised. Please refer to the 2013 Real Break Information Packet at www.ocf.net for more details.
SUPPORT THE MISSION – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Most groups we serve rely on donations to continue their ministry, as does OCF. Support your mission by fundraising more than your trip cost. Excess funds will be given to support the work of International Orthodox Christian Charities with a small portion used to cover OCF’s operation costs.
Please refer to the Real Break Information Packet at www.ocf.net for detailed information regarding refunds and cancellations.
Each participant will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements, updating this information online on their registration, and e-mailing this information to email@example.com. Please book your flight to New Orleans, LA (MSY) on March 4, 2013 arriving before 1:00 PM and depart New Orleans, LA (MSY) on March 9, 2013 after 12:00 PM. As we draw closer to the day of the trip, the leader will direct you where the Real Break team will meet.
The team will be staying at Peace Lutheran Center during their trip where meals will also be provided. The Center provides linens, towels, and pillows.
In case of emergency during your trip, please call 800.919.1OCF (1623). Also, your trip leader will be contacting you with his phone number in case you have problems with your arrival.
REQUIRED IOCC Form
Download IOCC Waver of Liability Form Here
Please send the document as soon as it is ready by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by fax # 760-943-1210 or mail to:
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
c/o: Real Break New Orleans | 679 Encinitas Blvd. #201 | Encinitas, CA 92024
Mission work through the Orthodox Church has always been an effort to bring the Gospel of Christ to all people through meekness, and humility. Therefore everything that we do or wear represents an image of who we are. T-shirts with suggestive, crude, or derogatory language will draw negative attention to your group. Please do not bring them.
The Spring months in New Orleans are pleasant. Be sure you have light colored short sleeve t-shirts, shorts, a hat and sunglasses. Pack old clothes that are comfortable to work in. You can work in shorts. But, be careful of loose-fitting clothes that could get caught in machines. You must wear closed-toed shoes at all times on the construction site, but they need not be work boots, as old sneakers will work just as well. Bring a pair of flip flops for walking from your rooms to the showers. Also, at least one night we will go to dinner at a restaurant, so bring something appropriate to wear. We recommend that you check out the internet at www.weather.com for the weather forecast during the week you will be there.
What to Bring?
- A positive attitude
- Work clothes (we suggest jeans and
- Work shoes/sneakers (no sandals or
open-toed shoes while working)
- Warm clothes for evening and night
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sufficient clothing
- Flip-flop sandals for showers
- Personal toiletries
- Bible/Spiritual Reading
- Notebook, pen, etc.
- Water Bottle
- Small Flashlight
What NOT to Bring?
- Alcoholic Beverages and/or Tobacco
- Illegal Drugs (prescription or over-the-counter drugs must be kept in their original containers)
Download 2013 Real Break New Orleans Trip Information Packet (PDF Format)
Download IOCC Waver of Liability Form (PDF Format)
Download 2013 Real Break Participant Information Packet (PDF Format)
View 2013 Real Break Fundraising Essentials