To alleviate the stress, Project H.O.P.E. conducts “self-care” activities for team members that have included dancing on the beach, collecting shells and engaging in “water pistol battles.” They’ve enjoyed “a day at the theatre,” free massages and a hurricane recipe challenge, Project H.O.P.E. reports say.
The South Florida Katrina team organized a picnic in April at Snyder Park in Fort Lauderdale that “was fun when staff and survivors were able to interact, play games and enjoy activities,” says one report. Three days later, Project H.O.P.E. managers treated 29 team members to lunch at Benihana “to alleviate stress after the team had worked so diligently on the Katrina Picnic.”