Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Like many others before her,not even Rosie O'Donnell could cut through the bureaucratic red tape and other delays plaguing the situation of many Gulf Coast residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.But, remarkably she did manage to bring essential services to displaced residents.
ABC-TV Nightline aired a video report Nov. 1, 2006 about the opening of The Children's Plaza and Family Center in Renaissance Village, a FEMA trailer park in Louisiana. This was an emergency response initiative of Rosie's For All Kids Foundation with the help of many local nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses, all efforts were to assist the families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.(more)
Kudos to Rosie for doing what she can to make a difference.
As a member and organizer of a group of scholars and graduate students from Columbia University's School of Social Work and Union Theological Seminary who embarked on a mission to New Orleans and other cities in the Gulf Coast region this past January,I know how important it is to "reach out" and show you care.It's also important to back concern up with needed resources,which does not always translate into money.We know that for money to be effective,it has to be first issued and then spent wisely.
For further stories on Katrina relief and recovery efforts see the articles below.
Katrina Related Blog Entries:
Jan.13,2006-More Pictures of Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans Final Stop On Katrina Trip
January 12-Biloxi,Mississippi-Moore Community House
Jan.11-Ocean Springs,Mississippi-Rich and Poor Alike