So, working in disaster relief can be exhausting and you realize just how many man-made and natural disasters there are in the world. However, it can also be exciting. Exciting in the way that you have the ability to meet some real tangible needs of individuals.
Today I spoke on the phone to our friends at the Dream Center in New Orleans.
When Katrina hit the Dream Center did not exist. The New Orleans Dream center comes from the communities need to be prepared. These guys are awesome building a place for the community in the center of downtown.
I was informed that most people have not returned, they are one of a few at the moment. However, they expect people to begin returning tomorrow and through the weekend. The power is out in most places and people left in a rush when the evacuation notice left. Some had time to collect medicines and important belongings, but some scrambled to get themselves out.
They were pleased that they are so much more prepared then they were just three years ago. The building fared well and even though most don't have power, the Dream Center is up and running. Actually, they are opening up a relief center to assist the many who left in a hurry.
They sent over a needs list to Giving Children Hope and we are working to send them what they need to meet the basic needs of Gulf Coast residents.
Like I said, disaster relief can be an amazing place to work when you have the ability to talk to leaders like Doreen who have the hard work of caring for many who are displaced.
When you join with Giving Children Hope, you join with leaders like Doreen from the New Orleans Dream Center.