hurricane katrina victims still need help

>> Friday, February 27, 2009

Remember Hurricane Katrina?  I have to confess I have sort of forgotten about it over the years since it was front page news.  

However, did you know that there are many people still without permanent homes?

I learned about this recently when members of my church took a trip to Camp Coast Care.  This is sort of like Habitat for Humanity, but just focused on helping Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild.

It was incredible to see the pics from their trip.  There were so many concrete pads where houses used to be.  It looked empty, like a ghost town, except without buildings.

Of course, there are areas, and businesses that have rebuilt.  My friends frequented the local restaurants as much as possible, but stayed at the camp overnight.  They slept in bunk beds in large communal rooms.

Everyone did something they could do.  Even a 75 year old woman was put to work painting doors and trim.  

Each person who went talked about something that had changed for them as a result of the experience.  One woman said she really learned "to get over herself".

Anyone else need to get over themselves?  Camp Coast Care is taking reservations!


LLB February 27, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

Wow, that image of the 75 year old woman painting trim, that's a powerful model for me. Thanks for the reminder of what is important--caring for each other!