Team Building While Giving Back
The ElderCounsel team recently traveled to New Orleans for a staff retreat along with its sister companies, WealthCounsel and The Advisors Forum. The first day was spent helping 4 different families rebuild their homes that were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. As you’ll see from many of the pictures, we wielded paintbrushes, sanders, buzz saws,[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Looking our "best""][/caption][caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Where we spent our day "][/caption]rags, brooms…whatever we could get our hands on to help out. And we certainly did not win any beauty contests while we did it!Thought New Orleans and surrounding parishes were back on their feet? In the debriefing at the end of our work day, we learned that it will take 16 years at the current rate to get the homes rebuilt for everyone who wants to return home.The organization we volunteered for was called The St. Bernard Project, named for the St. Bernard parish, one hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. The St. Bernard Project has been received a number of national awards, including recognition by President Obama. You can learn more at www.stbernardproject.org.Having the ability to help others in need was something we will all cherish. Many of us were meeting face-to-face for the first time (all three companies are virtual companies with most employees working from home) so the opportunity to work together for a common good was truly a blessing for us. It made us stronger as a company, and as individuals.Valerie L. PetersonExecutive Director, ElderCounsel, LLCValerie is the Executive Director of ElderCounsel, LLC , an organization that provides document drafting software, education and support to elder law and special needs attorneys across the United States. Valerie is a frequent lecturer on elder law and Veterans Benefits.