Katrina Angel Tree Victims Needing Help ... 2006

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James Family of 5
ID # 2006-201

date posted September 28, 2006

Mother - age 24
Father - age 25
1 girl - age 2
1 aunt - age 42
1 cousin - age 15

Originally from the Gulf Coast
Staying with family member in Winder, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

THE EVACUATION WAS NOT PLANED AT ALL SO INSTEAD WE WERE RESCUE OFF THE TOP OF A APARTMENT COMPLEX ROOF WHICH WAS A LITTLE SCARY FOR ME I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THAT I JUST WISH ME AND MY FAMILY CAN GO BACK HOME TO THE CITY WE LOVE AN KNOW BUT ITS HARD WITHOUT ANY INCOME.

PLEASE HELP ME AND MY FAMILY TRY TO FIND A WAY BACK HOME TO NEW ORLEANS PLEASE AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

St. Romain Family of 3
ID # 2006-202

date posted September 29, 2006

Mother - age 29
2 boys - ages 10, 10

Originally from Meraux, LA
Staying in FEMA Trailer on property

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:
Jourdan Family of 5
ID # 2006-203

date posted September 29, 2006

Mother - age 25
Father - age 25
3 boys - ages 6, 4, 1 month

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home in Arlington, TX

Adopted by Physicians Sales & Service in
Colonial Heights, VA
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

well came to Texas with family members and stayed there for 3 days then went to housing in grand prairie.  but no help now

kids father is disable and cant find work ....

Ducote Family of 4
ID # 2006-204

date posted September 30, 2006

Mother - age 20
1 girl - age 12
Grandmother - age 43
1 young man raised by mother - age 31

Originally from Avondale, LA
Staying in private home in Carriere, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We Stayed For The Storm We Have It On Video Footage .. Of Peoples Roofs Flying Off But after A Week With No Food Or Water We Left TO Head To Baton Rouge To A Family Members Home We Went Back TO SEE Our Home And Someone Had Taken Everything They Even Took Our Central Ac Unit My Mom Is Handicap So WE Decided TO Come TO Mississippi Where A Nice Old Man Had Offered Us A home In On Of His Vacant Properties SO That Is Where We are Trying TO Start A new Life But It Is Very Had I Still Have Flash Backs Of Being Hungry and Weak And See My Best Friends Roof Get Blown Down It Really Hurt TO Be There But I Have To Be Strong For My Mother and Little Sister They Need Me I Try Not TO Let The Pain Show I Take Care of My Mother here at our home i have a job but I pay all the bills and we are lucky if we have enough to get by but I am trying i have a neighbor to come sit with my mother while i work she does it free bec she has no one to talk to she is older herself and she enjoys being around my mom my mom get ssi but she don't get a lot and our rent is 500 a month and fema wouldn't help us bec the house was owned by someone else and he had filed fema before we did but we will make it with lovely people like you all willing to help make me feel a lil better inside i want to try to give my lil sister a good Christmas so i have been looking for work on the side i work at a cvs store as a cashier in the pharmacy thanks for anything u all could do to help.

I Just Want To thank u All If You All Are Able To Help me.

Taylor Family of 6
ID # 2006-206

date posted September 30, 2006

Mother - age 30
Father - age 31
3 boys - ages 10, 2, 2
1 girl - age 11

Originally from Pass Christian, MS
Staying in private home in Chattanooga, TN

Adopted by a family in Allenwood, NJ
YEAH! - Thank you!

December 13, 2006

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We left on Sunday Aug 27, and returned home 1 day after the storm to find a community that I no longer recognized. Our home was destroyed. We left three days later with no real destination in mind. My brother in law called and told us to come to Chattanooga, we have been here ever since. We miss home very much, but have no where to stay down there at this time. Maybe one day we will find our way back, if that is where the Lord wants us to be.

Thank you to any and all who have given of self, time and donations in this past year and time to come. The outpour of love, blessings, and prayers has been amazing. God is not finished with us yet!! Thank You ALL.....The Taylor Family

McGinn Family of 2
ID # 2006-207

date posted October 1, 2006

Wife - age 55
Husband - age 61

Originally from Metairie, LA
Staying in original apartment in Metairie, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Today I wrote our rent check for Oct. of $530., so now there is no more $ in our account. Fema wants blood to help us. I've done all I can w/them except suffer a nervous breakdown. Our elec. bill is $104. , but I got an extension til 10/30. Thank God for extra time. I make about $90. a month helping an 84 year old blind lady in our building. So we need advice on how we can survive. Maybe someone out there knows of some organization that I haven't thought of yet.

My husband was working before Katrina, but his place of employment was under 12 ft. of water for 3 wks. We can't even find the people that still owe him back pay. SS says it could take 1 to 1 and a half yrs. to get his disability.

Jordan Family of 2
ID # 2006-208

date posted October 1, 2006

Mother - age 43
1 boy - age 11

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with family member in Kaplan, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

thank you for what ever you can send.

Hodges Family of 2
ID # 2006-209

date posted October 1, 2006

Father - age 44
1 boy - age 14

Originally from Kenner, LA
Staying in Oakland, CA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Zachary Family of 3
ID # 2006-210

date posted October 2, 2006

Mother - age 30
1 girl - age 12
Grandmother - age 52

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home in New Orleans, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Zachary Family of 7
ID # 2006-211

date posted October 2, 2006

Mother - age 32
1 boy - age 7 months
5 girls - 16, 13, 10, 7, 4

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home in New Orleans, LA

Adopted by a family in Emeryville, CA
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Lady Family of 4
ID # 2006-212

date posted October 2, 2006

Mother - age 50
Father - age 51
2 girls - ages 19, 21

Originally from Bay St. Louis, MS
Staying in private home in Tuscaloosa, AL

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I came to Tuscaloosa, AL a week prior to Katrina. My dad was the only family member that stayed for the storm. He was at our family owned hotel which flooded to the 2nd floor. My dad is a hero. He saved many lives on the day of Aug. 29th by carrying people upstairs, making sure no one was panicking, and lifting people over the railings to safety. He also let people stay at the hotel for shelter for about a month after the storm. He went out and found food and water for everyone and made sure everyone was okay. I didn't hear from my dad for over a week and I can't describe the feeling of not knowing if your dad is dead or alive. Every time I talk about my experience I tear up.  Any help will be appreciated. God Bless!

Wheeler Family of 5
ID # 2006-213

date posted October 3, 2006

Mother - age 45
Father - age 53
1 boy - age 34
2 girls - ages 21, 26

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in apartment in Norman, Oklahoma

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Words can not describe.

Ball-Arthur Family of 1
ID # 2006-214

date posted October 3, 2006

Female - age 33

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Houston, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I left my Home the night before the storm and rode for 16 hours to Houston with little more than the clothes on my back.

Jones Family of 1
ID # 2006-215

date posted October 3, 2006

Female - age 52

Originally from Port Arthur, TX
Staying in Houston, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

my experience was horrible i lost my job of 18yrs,my home of 20+ years and it appears that no one cared. i was away from my town for a month in a half staying from pillow to post because no hotels were available and even the shelters were full. i had little money that had to be used for gas, food, personal items and where i was lying my head and not only that to come home and lose most of what i had. the main things are my job and home. fema denied my claim on my house due to no insurance and that left me really depressed. after that i did get an apartment in Houston TX but looking for work was even harder. no one wanted to hire evacuees due to a stereo type of us. i have always worked and never depended on writing to get help, but i need it at this time. i needed a little bit more that 6.00 to pay bills and car note and try to get it runnable. it is in the process of playing out any day. so i know that i can find someone that is willing to help in any way possible. please anyone out there looking to adopt just me i would appreciate it. thanking in advance..

i am a self sufficient hurricane survivor that has had a hard time making it due to being by myself and being an evacuee. it has been hard to get a job and hard making it. i am in desperate need of minor car repairs from the storm that have been partially fixed but still not running properly and scared to be on the side of the road in this big city of where i have no friends. i need 1 rim and a set of tires. i just started a job and in need of professional clothing size 14. my shoe size is a 10. i am in the process of getting evicted due to fema does not want to pay and i just gotten a job so i needed extra time to save rent money. i need help with a 1 bedroom apartment. any monies can go directly to landlord. any help would be appreciated. household items are still needed as well. last Christmas was not a good one and i did not want to be on the streets for this years.

Lewis-Stewart Family of 5
ID # 2006-218

date posted October 4, 2006

Mother - age 39
Father - age 61
2 girls - ages 16, 14
Grandmother - age 59

Originally from Slidell, LA
Staying in Lawrenceville, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We left the day before the storm in the traffic. It usually takes 6 to 7 hours to get to Atlanta Georgia, it took 12 hours to get from Slidell Louisiana to Atlanta Georgia. We brought 3 days of clothing. We lost our house, or belongings, our car, jobs and our children's schools.

Pleas help I Crystal Lewis just lost my job at the clerk of courts office for NO reason, the refused to give me a reason. My husband is very sick with several health problems and so is my mother. I want a job, I was a deputy sheriff in St Tammany parish and I a post certified and I am Microsoft office certified and have a lot of computer skills. We need a new place to live with affordable rent. We need utilities, and medication for my husband, and a peace of mind. PLEASE HELP US TO HELP OUR SELVES PLEASE!!!!!!

Jones Family of 1
ID # 2006-219

date posted October 4, 2006

Female - age 48

Originally from Harvey, LA
Staying in Liberty, KY

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Tragic water everywhere, now a year late I am still feeling lost and forgotten. My old landlord received money for his property and my stuff was tossed without anyone even trying to contact me. I have been back it is not pretty there and all my friends are gone.

DeGruy Family of 5
ID # 2006-220

date posted October 5, 2006

Mother - age 31
2 boys - ages 13, 9
2 girls - ages 8, 7 months

Originally from Harvey, LA
Staying in Liberty, KY

Adopted December 19, 2006
by Lincoln Jr. High School in
Chicago, IL
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We were rescued from Hilton Hotel and lived in Portsmouth, VA for awhile. We are now back in New Orleans living in a FEMA trailer. I am a single mom, unemployed and trying to rebuild our home that I worked so hard to buy a year before Katrina hit. I would be grateful for any blessings coming my way.

God Bless - Thank You Very Much

Woodson Family of 4
ID # 2006-221

date posted October 5, 2006

Mother - age 35
2 boys - ages 16, 17
1 girl - age 2

Originally from Jackson, MS
Staying in Jackson, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Well I lost my home I couldn't no longer live there do to mold and mildew my son has a blood disease called Evan syndrome, so we had to move to another state I didn't want to I miss my mama but with the power of god I have been holding on trying to maintain every way i can for me and my two boys.

Thank you for everything I been trying to maintain every since this all happen.

McGinn Family of 3
ID # 2006-222

date posted October 5, 2006

Mother - age 55
Father - age 61
1 boy - age 35

Originally from Metarie, LA
Staying in Metarie, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We stayed through Katrina, because my youngest son wouldn't leave & I couldn't leave him. The only damage we had was bathroom & hall ceiling came down. My youngest son (who lives about a block from us)had everything come down around him. He was standing in his doorframe thinking he was going to die when a large piece of metal flew over him and knocked open a door in his complex on the 3rd floor across from him. It was a newly renovated apt. and that's where he ran to ride out the storm. We evacuated Tues. after the storm when the water receded enough for us to get out. We were gone almost a month. My youngest son ,Jason 24, lost everything. My husband and oldest son lost jobs. But, I thank God we're all alive & well, physically. But mentally and financially we are taking day by day, with alot of prayer.

I want to thank everyone who has helped in any way. We paid our Oct. rent, so we know we have a home for at least another month. After that, it's in God's hands. Please pray for us!

Williams Family of 3
ID # 2006-223

date posted October 5, 2006

Mother - age 50
1 boy - age 13
1 girl - age 12

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home in Fort Worth, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

my rescue evacuation was very bad. I was in the super dome with my sick elderly father my two sons my daughter and my four grandchildren. we enter the dome on Sunday and did not get rescued until Friday. we were locked out the dome for two days with out food are water and there was no bathrooms outside. we lived in the lower ninth ward and we lost every thing.  For ten days i did not know were my son and father was. my father passed on and so did my uncle and two cousins. I'm in fort worth now trying to put my life back together but it is hard.

I'm a single parent and grandmother trying very hard to give my son and granddaughter a merry Christmas.

Muessall Family of 3
ID # 2006-224

date posted October 5, 2006

Mother - age 29
Father - age 38
1 boy - age 7 months

Originally from Long Beach, MS
Staying in FEMA trailer

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We Were without Food and Water for Several days... Thank God We Were Able to find friends with Generators Close by our home for some Water.... We Lost our Roof on our house, and Our house Sifted severally!

Jennifer Family of 6
ID # 2006-225

date posted October 5, 2006

Mother - age 32
Father - age 35
1 boy - age 10
3 girls - 9, 2, 9 months

Originally from Picayune, MS
Staying in Picayune, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

WE WERE SUPPOSED TO MEET UP WITH FAMILY IN GEORGIA,BUT WE DIDNT HAVE ANY MONEY,SO WE STAYED IN GEORGE COUNTY I WAS 5 MONTHS PREGNANT,MISERABLE,MY 15 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER HAD NO DIAPERS,WE HAD NO WATER POWER FOOD,IT WAS AWFUL,AFTER ABOUT A WEEK WE GOT ENOUGH MONEY TO GO TO TEXAS,THEN IN TEXAS I HAD TO GO THROUGH RITA.I CANT THINK OF A TIME I HAVE EVER BEEN SO SCARED.IT WAS JUST AWFUL AND I PRAY THAT WE NEVER OR ANYONE HAS TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN,ALL FAMILY WAS SEPERATED NOONE KNEW WHERE ANYONE WAS AT.I DONT KNOW WHAT ALL TO REALLY SAY,IM SORRY...

Walker Family of 4
ID # 2006-226

date posted October 6, 2006

Mother - age 41
1 boy - age 15
2 girls - ages 16, 9 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Metairie, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I left the Sunday before the storm me and my two kids. We follow one of my friends mother out to gorge I got a hotel I did not know tow I was going to pay for it but I know that GOD did not bring me this for to live me. when i got there I did not want to be there so me and my kids pack up the car and left we went to a port of baton rouge by one of my friend. My kids did not want to be there so we went back to gorge. we was there for two days. We went from there to Tennessee. for a day, we left there for Florida for two days, went left there for Houston TX. where we stead there for 8 month until my job call me back home o my daughter give birth to my first grand baby in Houston. I move back to a apt. to stay the apt. is 740.00 dollars a month for two bed room so i have to put my bed in front room. My house note was only 355.00 a month I have take money out of the money I have to fix my home to pay rent so that is put me behind but as I say before I know GOD did bring me and my family this for to live us.

I just want to think you for what ever you can to help me with. may GOD blessed.

Spanks Family of 4
ID # 2006-227

date posted October 6, 2006

Mother - age 31
1 boy - age 15
2 girls - ages 6, 7

Originally from Picayune, MS
Staying in Atlanta, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I HAD TO EVACUATE BECAUSE MY HOME HAD A HOLE IN THE ROOF AND 3 WINDOWS OUT WATER WAS ALL OVER THE HOME.

ME AND MY FAMILY ARE IN DIEING NEED OF A PLACE TO STAY AND A JOB.

Bickham Family of 1
ID # 2006-228

date posted October 6, 2006

1 female - age 46

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Hammond, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

i was living in new Orleans before Katrina, I lost my uptown apartment, I lived in 5 different houses. I have been under lot of stress, and depression. my health had got real bad have severe asthma...im still trying to get my life back. please help me in any way you can, thanks and God Bless you.

Johnson Family of 5
ID # 2006-229

date posted October 6, 2006

Mother - age 42
1 boys - age 22
3 girls - ages 19, 1, 21 (daughter-in-law)

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying in Gulfport, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

WE HAD TO GO TO ALA.  MY DAUGHTER IN LAW WAS IN 3 WEEKS.

AFTER 3 WEEKS AND NO BABY WE WERE ABLE TO COME HOME, SHE WAS BORN SEPT,22.OUR HOME HAD MIN. DAMAGE, THANK GOODNESS.

IM SORRY I HAVE NO PHONE OR EMAIL ADDRESS. (Do have a mailing address)

Campbell Family of 5
ID # 2006-230

date posted October 8, 2006

Mother - age 36
2 girls - ages 14, 11, 7
Grandmother - age 61

Originally from Pass Christian, MS
Staying in FEMA trailer in Picayune, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We left early the 28th and stayed in a business office in Picayune, it took over 3 days to be able to get back to our home in Pass Christian, once there we discovered that everything was soaked where the roof had leaked. We stayed there until early Nov, 2005 when FEMA moved us into a camper trailer in Nicholson, MS.

I'm trying to find help for Christmas for my children, they have lost so much and I want them to have a happy holiday!

Holmes Family of 6
ID # 2006-231

date posted October 8, 2006

Mother - age 30
5 boys - ages 11, 10, 6, 4, 1

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with family member in Baton Rouge, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

ME AND MY CHILDREN WHERE IN NEW ORLEANS WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA HIT. WE WALKED IN WATER TO THE LA. SUPERDOME AND THEN TO THE CONVENTION CENTER WHERE WE SLEPT OUTSIDE UNTIL FRIDAY WHEN WE WALKED BACK TO THE SUPERDOME TO WAIT ON A BUS THAT TOOK US TO OKLAHOMA. MY CHILDREN SAW THINGS THAT WILL HAUNT THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. MY 4 YEAR OLD IS SCARED OF WATER. AND THEY ALL HAVE NIGHTMARES AND GET SCARED WHEN IT RAINS. I AM CURRENTLY SEEKING HELP FOR THEM SO THEY CAN TALK ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS.

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY TYPE OF HELP.

Martin Family of 4
ID # 2006-232

date posted October 8, 2006

Mother - age 34
1 boy - age 13
1 girl - age 14
Grandmother - age 68

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Gretna, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I EVACUATED WITH MY CHILDREN, MOTHER, AND AUNT. WE WERE STUCK IN TRAFFIC FOR HOURS UNTIL WE REACHED JACKSON MS. WERE WE STAYED FOR AWHILE WITH OUT POWER. WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO RETURN HOME. WE FOUND OUT WE LOST EVERYTHING.

ANY TYPE OF HELP WOULD BE GREAT!!!!

Wilson Family of 4
ID # 2006-233

date posted October 9, 2006

Mother - age 35
3 girls - ages 13, 8, 7

Originally from Mobile, AL
Staying in Prichard, AL

Adopted by a family in Fort Worth, TX
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

we got out and stayed with someone, but the house and things were not so lucky. I took my girls and stayed with family but they lost power and we were low on food so I had to try and get more but lost my glasses when I tried to go out the door. but what hurt the most was hearing my girls cry. when we were able to get to our house. how could I tell them it would be ok if I didn't believe it myself. to have your house flooded is like being robbed of everything.

please just give my babies something to look forward to.

Knight Family of 4
ID # 2006-234

date posted October 9, 2006

Mother - age 45
2 girls - ages 17, 8 months
1 boy - age 18

Originally from Weswego, LA
Staying in Weswego, LA

Adopted by a family in Knoxville, TN
YEAH! - Thank you!

 

 

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

It was a very bad experience. I ended up in the shelter in Mississippi. It was very hot we had no food. My son was very sick from not getting in medicine. We were in a very sad place. We could not se what was going on at home. When we finally did get to go home. We went home to mold every where. We tried to clean up as much as we could but It is still every where. I cant move because I can not afford the EXTREMELY high rent. My sons doctor is wondering why he keeps getting sick. But I cant tell him that we live in mold because I feel like a very bad parent. Because I have no control over this situation. My son is trying very hard to finish school so he can graduate next year in may. But he has already been in the hospital once this year. I'm trying my hardest to help him but I feel helpless myself. Please help my family get through the hard times.

Please help us over come the hardships that we are going through.

McNair Family of 3
ID # 2006-235

date posted October 9, 2006

Mother - age 18
Father - age 21
1 girl - age 18 months

Originally from D'Iberville, MS
Staying in FEMA Trailer - Biloxi, MS

Adopted by a family in Greenfield, IN
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

The day hurricane Katrina hit, we were in our home. We lived about a mile from the back bay and still received 8 ft of water. We swam out of our home with our 5 month old daughter. It was an experience we will never forget. Since then, we have traveled many places but are now residing in a Fema trailer. I'm very grateful that my daughter will never remember having to go through Katrina but I will never forget.

I'm 18 and since Katrina I've came a long way. I finished high school the months following Katrina and am now in college. Me and my fiancÚ', who is 21, give our 18 month-old daughter everything we possible can provide for her but every now and then we could use a little help. We've been through so much and we're still trying to get our lives back in order. The holidays last year weren't the best and we were happy to just have each other. I want this year to be better then last year and any help is appreciated. We lost everything in the storm, never to return to our home pre-Katrina but instead to a FEMA trailer. We were very fortunate to receive the 3bedroom mobile home so we're not cramped. Well thank you in advance to whomever may help us and God bless!

Schivers Family of 4
ID # 2006-236

date posted October 9, 2006

Mother - age 26
2 boys - ages 9, 4
1 girl - age 7

Originally from Saucier, MS
Staying in FEMA Trailer - Saucier, MS

Adopted by a family in
Albuquerque, New Mexico
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Stayed with family during Katrina, after storm went home and it was destroyed. Now i am living in a fema camper on my cousins land with my three children and trying to survive on $609.00 a month. It takes all i have to pay bills and buy food. i often have to have help from my cousin to help with my children. any help would be great. Thank you!

Any help will be great. It would mean a lot to my children to have something for Christmas. I can't afford it on $609.00 a month. I am not worried about myself, just my children. I am grown i don't need anything.

Taylor Family of 8
ID # 2006-237

date posted October 9, 2006

Mother - age 31
2 boys - ages 14, 8
3 girls - ages 4, 7, 14
Sister - age 30
Brother-in-law - age 28

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Minden, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

when the evacuation was called we took what little money we had and made our way to the west bank where we met up with some friends we stayed there as long as we could and when we heard how bad it was going to be we got a ride out of the city where we ended up in Monroe la we stayed with relatives and then later got housing but recently i was evicted and told they will not renew my lease so now im in Minden la with my sister trying to find another lace for my kids and I to stay i only receive 600 a month for my disabled son i had to let my twin daughters be placed in facilities to make sure they were taken care of now im looking for work and doin ok for now

thank you for the opportunity to get help from your organization

Teurman Family of 4
ID # 2006-238

date posted October 10, 2006

Mother - age 32
Father - age 48
2 girls - ages 11, 12

Originally from Pass Christian, MS
Staying in Saucier, MS

Family has severe medical conditions - Father has cancer, copd on oxygen ,hep c, diabetes, inoperable stomach hernia and also stomach tumor.

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

WE WERE MANDATORY EVACUATED BY LAW. WE SEARCHED TILL LAST MINUTE TO FIND A SHELTER TO TAKE SPECIAL NEEDS PEOPLE DUE TO SPOUSES HEALTH. WE WERE TURNED AWAY BY 2 PLACES BEFORE A SCHOOL SAID LET THEM IN. THE SCHOOL GOT DAMAGED, AND FLOODED, WE HAD TO KEEP MOVING SPOTS IN SCHOOL TO STAY DRY. WE WENT TO HOME AND IT WAS GONE, LOST EVERYTHING IN KATRINA. STILL TRYING TO RECOVER, AND REPLACE OUR NEEDED THINGS TO LIVE WITH.

WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP OFFERED. WE DIDN'T GET ADOPTED LAST YEAR AND CHRISTMAS WASN'T TO GOOD. WE LIVE ON DISABILITY FROM MY HUSBAND, WE DEAL WITH MANY DAILY ORDEALS THAT WE HAVE TO LEARN TO OVERCOME AND PULL EACH OTHER THROUGH, WE ARE THANKFUL TO GOD FOR EACH OTHER AND OUR LIVES, IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. THE CHILDREN AND I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE THAT MY HUSBAND WILL SEE ANOTHER CHRISTMAS. THANK YOU FOR HEARING OUR STORY.

Green Family of 11
ID # 2006-239

date posted October 11, 2006

Mother - age 41
3 boys - ages 8, 9, 13
7 girls - ages 2, 6, 15, 17, 18, 21, 7 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Houston, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We lived on the top of the roof for 3 days before we were rescued by helicopters. I just want to say Thank God I finally made it were there was food and water to drink.

Holland Family of 6
ID # 2006-240

date posted October 11, 2006

Mother - age 49
Father - age 51
1 boy - age 11
2 girls - ages 10, 2
Grandmother - age 72

Originally from Saucier, MS
Staying in FEMA trailer on property.

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

WENT TO FAMILY IN LAUREL MS.  CAME BACK TO DAMAGED HOME, ROOF DAMAGE, BROKEN WINDOWS AND BLOWN OFF DOOR.  BELONGINGS GOT WET. BATS GOT IN ATTIC, THEY FLY IN HOUSE AT TIMES, HUSBAND CANT STAY THERE DUE TO ILLNESS WITH KIDNEYS.  WE ARE RAISING 3 GRAND CHILDREN AWARDED TO US BY STATE.

We would appreciate any help.

 

Coleman Family of 3
ID # 2006-241

date posted October 12, 2006

Mother - age 37
1 boy - age 18
1 girl - age 17

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Fort Worth, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

It was very trying I was sick and scared that we were not going to make it out alive We had no clue as to when we were going to be rescued from the Superdome I still can not get over how long we had to wait in line at the Super Dome to board the bus headed for Texas and with my Health Conditions it made it extremely trying for me after being in line for 24hours.

Would be Thankful for what ever help you can give me and my family.

Collins Family of 3
ID # 2006-242

date posted October 12, 2006

Mother - age 23
1 boy - age 2
1 girl - age 6

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Marksville, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

It was devastating. We had to stay in a shelter that cause our skin to break out. When that started happening we had to move with my grandmother who had a house full of people. Then Hurricane Rita hit and knock out the power and we had to live in a hot house for a few days. Thank God that me and my children are alive and healthy despite the devastation we went through after Katrina.

Bourgeois Family of 1
ID # 2006-243

date posted October 13, 2006

1 Female - age  77

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Marksville, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

She went upstate and stayed with relatives/ was given a fema trailer to put on my lot/ did not have enough insurance money to finish the house/ Help is direly needed to finish house/ roof is on, walls are up/ floors need to be put down/ laundry room not done/ painting needed/ any help in these areas would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you. Came on a Katrina help site before and posted. Many many e-mail came with offers of help but all that was sent was counterfeit money orders, checks, and gift certificates. I had the bank check them out before I deposited, thank God I did. All offers had instructions to send money to another place after cashing. It would have left the bank account overdrawn on this end and all that owed by me. So beware of this. All of these were fake that were sent. I don't think anyone wanting to help, will ask to have money sent when they could easily do that themselves. That was why I was so leery and had it checked out first. The coast is deluded with these kinds of offers and our e-mail addresses were gotten from the Katrina Help site. This is my Mother. She is unable to handle thing and has asked me to do so for her.

Ball Family of 3
ID # 2006-244

date posted October 14, 2006

Mother - age 39
2 boys - ages 11, 8

Originally from Slidell, LA
Staying in a private home in D'iberville, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Because of my injuries I'm not able to drive more than 1 hour without being in pain. When we left Slidell we went to friends in D'IBERVILLE, MS who live north of I-10. They weren't staying though so we all went to North Wool market Elementary school where we rode the storm out. After the storm my 2 sons and I went to another friend in North Biloxi where we stayed until we heard news of the condition of our home from my dad, brothers. sister and brother-in-law. Our home had six feet of water and nothing was salvageable. I had already contacted FEMA and when I received the money I immediately started looking back in LA. but was unable to find anything. We ended up buying the mobile home we have now. Because of my medical condition and my sons handicaps I am currently in contact with Habitat for Humanity in hopes of coming back to LA. God has taken care of us and wherever He wants us to be I know will be good.

Milton Family of 3
ID # 2006-245

date posted October 15, 2006

Mother - age 30
2 boys - ages 11, 7

Originally from Gretna, LA
Staying in a private home in Spring, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Walker Family of 3
ID # 2006-246

date posted October 15, 2006

Mother - age 45
Father - age 46
1 girl - age 17

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in a private home in Simmesport, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Scary and Sad. The worst experience we had in our life

Ard Family of 6
ID # 2006-247

date posted October 16, 2006

Mother - age 22
Father - age 24
2 boys - ages 1 & 1 month
Brother - age 15
Sister - age 14

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying in Gulfport, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

On August 23rd we knew there was a storm coming through so we had just planned to go to a friends house north of I-10 because we lived a block from the beach. Well we went to sleep knowing our plans for the next day. Well we were awakened by a phone call Sunday morning by those friends telling us the storm took a turn for the worse and it was a category 5 coming to ms. We panicked. We had an okay car but not a car to get us anywhere and I had immediate family down here so we were trying to figure out how we were going to get out of here. Well my mom got her work van loaded me, my husband, son, 2 bro.,1 sis and herself and we left at around 2 or 3pm to go to Indiana. When we got to Indianapolis that Monday morning we watched the news and saw that our home MS was being destroyed. We could not leave Indianapolis until Friday. When we returned our home and my parents home was destroyed in different ways both were inhabitable and still are today. My mother and my siblings had to move to Indiana (which they moved back in June 06)and we went to California. but it was hard trying to find a permanent job for my husband so we lived out there for about 8 months and then we relocated back home to ms. we stayed in my fathers 1 bedroom fema trailer until we found an apartment. my brothers and sisters live between my apt and my dads fema trailer. We try to help each other as much as we can.

Sullivan Family of 3
ID # 2006-248

date posted October 19, 2006

Mother - age 26
1 boy - age 7
1 girl - age 1

Originally from Harvey, LA
Staying in Memphis, TN

Adopted December 21, 2006
by Bridge Terminal Transport in
Olive Branch, MS
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I evacuated with my two small children the day before the storm with neighbors here to Memphis TN. I've been here ever since the apt. I was living in was total destroyed by the storm. Last year You helped me and my kids so much It was a blessing things are kind of rough right now.  I am working a full time job but all of my money goes to bills and a babysitter. It would be a blessing if you would be able to help us out again.  Thank you and God Bless.

God Bless you for this site.

Compton Family of 4
ID # 2006-249

date posted October 19, 2006

Mother - age 27
Father - age 33
1 boy - age 6
1 girl - age 2

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying in Gulfport, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

we stayed with my grandparents instead of the original plan of going to va. with my husband's family b/c my grandparents went through hurricane Camille & were sure that Katrina wouldn't be "as bad" but whoa, was it...their home was already old enough to begin with, & it was horrible with all the things flying around & our small 1965 trailer got a serious beating. we thought that the chickens had all died, but fortunately, they were all smooshed in the cage together crammed like sardines, but luckily, still alive. my husband pulled the cage apart with them in it & they all went crazy running around the yard. poor little things. we still haven't gotten it all fixed yet even with the husband going back to work & all, but praise GOD that he has a job. after the storm was over, we took what gas we had in the car & got 3 vehicles of people together to try & find gas & made it all the way over to Florida b4 we found it finally. we got a pretty torn up place even still to the present day b/c the house is just too old to fix, not to mention after we had just put in new walls & windows, & had taken down the cabinets to be remodeled,  but the hurricane changed that for us. we are striving to get a better place to live just as soon as we save the money up for it so the kids can have better like they deserve. GOD BLESS ALL!!

GOD bless all the PEOPLE that help & for all the families that get adopted... THANKS SO MUCH!!

Cuevas Family of 3
ID # 2006-250

date posted October 19, 2006

Mother - age 67 (diabetic, open heart surgery)
Father - age 70
(diabetic, asbestosis, brain tumor, open heart surgery)
1 granddaughter - age 16

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying in Gulfport, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

i am putting this one in for my grandparents b/c they don't have a computer. they stayed during & after the storm not realizing that it would be quite that bad b/c they assumed that since hurricane Camille was such a tough one, there was no way that hurricane Katrina could be any worse, but, boy oh, boy, were they wrong. they got the roof blown off, sheds blown to pieces, metal shattered stuff all over the place. the whole floor was shaking during that storm. next time they will evacuate. they have said so themselves. GOD bless whomever helps my grandparents & thanks a bunch...

any help with yard work would be greatly appreciated. they still have things all over the yard & no one has offered to help them out yet. GOD bless...

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