Youth group makes a difference for area residents

Michael Tortorich
Barbara Lambert of St.?Amant was contacted by a group of young people from St.?Theresa’s Church Parish, asking her if she needed assistance with home improvements. Lambert jumped at the chance, and smiled as she watched the work being completed, claiming “I’m really moved by all this.”
Staff photo by Michael?Tortorich

ST. AMANT – Young people often get a bad rap for their lack of compassion, but it’s not an apt stereotype for Barbara Lambert.

Her opinion of the youth in Ascension Parish was recently enhanced by some local kids and their good deeds.

“Everybody always hears that the kids today are bad, you know. We always hear about the bad things they do. But right here, at my home, we’ve got these kids making a difference, and it just warms my heart. I’m really moved by this,” she said.

The St. Amant resident was appreciative of the St. Theresa Youth Mission Group, which spent the entire day Tuesday sprucing up her property. The group braved the typical muggy June day while replacing the carport roof, pressure washing and cleaning.

No job was too small, as they picked up brooms, hammers and machinery to ensure that Lambert’s home was in tip-top shape.

“I’ve had goose bumps all morning,” Lambert said.

Thankful for their efforts, Lambert thought the young volunteers deserved recognition for their good deeds.

She alerted press about the work the youth spent the day performing.

“The least I can do is get these kids some recognition,” she said. “They’re a great bunch of kids, and they deserve for everyone to know just what they’ve done for my family today.”

Over the last six years, the group has traveled to Mexico, North Carolina and Georgia on mission trips. They get public service hours, which not only look great on a college transcript but also help to strengthen and build the character of these young men and women.

This year, the young volunteers decided to stay close to home. They learned of four patients from local medical groups who were in need of not only assistance, but also compassion and understanding.

Tuesday was the group’s second full day of working in the heat, but these young kids were nowhere near complaining. They planned a two-day project at another residence once they completed the Lambert house. For Friday, they decided to take a day off to recharge.

The group, which consists of teenagers from 13-18 years old, comes from the St. Theresa Church Parish. They are students from a variety of schools, including East Ascension, St. Amant, Dutchtown, Catholic High and St. Michael.