New Home For Disabled Evacuees
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They got out with their lives, but little else.
George Camp / Group Home Resident: “It’s pretty sad, homes and high water, the damage done to it.”
These disabled adults and children once lived comfortably in a New Orleans group home. When Hurricane Katrina hit, they fled to Texas looking for a safe place to stay.
Brittney McGee / Group Home Resident: “Being here in Texas, it’s really great because these people are really nice. But I do miss home.”
In an independent effort, Lakeview United Methodist Conference Center transformed space near Palestine, Texas. Ordinarily, the facility would be used for summer camp and retreats – but, now it’s home to 100 evacuees.
Von Dawson / Administrator, Lakeview United Methodist Conference Center: “The contributions from area churches and individuals has just been overwhelming.”
Jo Green is a psychologist – one of many volunteers who wanted to help.
Jo Green / Psychologist: “I can write a check, and I can go to the grocery store and buy bottled water, but I also can give my time, and these people had an enormous disruption and needed help.
Volunteers have donated food and clothing, and even came to give haircuts.
Voris Vigee / Group Home Administrator: “This is a great place to heal from the horrific experience we have been through.”
Psychologists are concerned about post-traumatic stress in the coming months. But the volunteers have pledged that these folks won’t go through it alone, either.
Jo Green: “All will be well. It may not be right now, but it will be alright.”
It could take several months for the residents to find permanent housing, but volunteers say that getting them back into a routine has made it much easier to withstand the many changes.
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