Jamaican a Difference


By: David Gravois

Gavin Leblanc’s recent one-week trip to Kingston, Jamaica to serve alongside the Brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor was only his second mission trip, but was just as life-changing as his first.

Gavin’s group of 18 (pictured above on Mt. Tabor) was dispersed throughout Kingston to serve at the seven Missionaries of the Poor centers:

  • Faith Center and Good Shepherd - Houses over 70 men who were abandoned, elderly, mentally and physically disabled
  • Jacob’s Well - Houses over 80 old women who are mentally and physically disabled
  • Lord’s Place - Houses over 150 mostly elderly and mentally disabled women and those terminally ill with AIDS
  • Bethlehem - Houses up to 150 at-risk and disabled children and orphans of various ages
  • Beatitudes - Houses up to 25 physically and mentally disabled children and is located on Mount Tabor, the monks’ retreat center
  • Holy Innocents - Houses up to 200 distressed mothers and their babies that are tended to by the religious Sisters

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Houma has been sending missionary groups to serve alongside the religious Brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor for years.

In addition to time well-spent making a difference, Gavin recorded his volunteer hours for this trip through the Danos Works online volunteer portal and will have the honor of giving a $300.00 check to his organization on behalf of the Danos Foundation.

Since coming home, Gavin frequently looks back on moments throughout his trip to remind himself how truly blessed he is.

Gavin with some of the Brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor.

The brothers really love the residents. Brother Prafull and Brother Sudeep both grabbed guitars at the end of the day and gave these residents their own private concert. Gavin was amazed by the smile on this residents' face.

Frizbee with Roger.

Gavin shaved Linvall’s head; ½ one day and the other ½ the next. This picture is probably the only time Linvall didn't smile.

Gavin shaved both Montalbon and Bigafor’s heads and had good conversations with both. 

The guy with the ball is both blind and deaf. Shortly after taking this picture, Easton (the young, athletic teen on the left) missed the ball—it hit him square on top of the head.

David Gravois

David joined Danos in 2012 and has been a member of the talent acquisition and human resources teams. In his current role as internal communication coordinator, David serves as Danos’ point of contact for all communication targeting staff and field employees. Prior to joining Danos, he worked as a university admissions counselor for 5 years. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Nicholls State University.


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