Braithwaite

September 13th, 2012 by in Blogs, Photo Galleries, The Latest

Two weeks after Hurricane Isaac came ashore, a clearer picture is emerging of the damage left in its wake. In Braithwaite, LA, south of St. Bernard Parish, Kathy Wendling and Lois Sullivan recently met with several affected families connected to RAI through the Spirit of Hope program.

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Isaac-Inspired Poetry

September 4th, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

Hurricane Isaac came like a thief in the night
Stealing our power putting out the light
The wind how it roared the people got bored
Being in the dark from morning to night

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Louisiana Saturday Night

September 2nd, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

By halftime, Tiger Stadium was half-full, if that. As LSU pulled further ahead late in the third quarter, nearly everyone left, and we did too. It wasn’t because it was a blowout, though that did make the decision easier.

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Déjà Vu

September 2nd, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

On Thursday as we were cleaning up the rear area of camp a man pulled up in a white pickup truck. He was in his mid 60’s and was looking for one of our work request forms. He was pretty emotional, trying to hold it all together as he said to me, “We just got things done, and the storm took my shed. I got no more money left. What am I gonna do?”

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Hunkering Down

August 28th, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

We are so so so lucky. I can’t begin to express the amount of good vibe emails and phone calls that have been sent our way. Thanks for all of your calls, texts, emails and thoughts.

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Reflections on Preparation and Isaac

August 28th, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

Tropical Storm Isaac is my first personal experience with such potential disaster. There is so much work to do to get ready for hurricane survival, even a tropical storm.

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The Calm Before The Storm

August 28th, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

The story that there is a storm ‘out there’ has been a major story since last Thursday. It has been a long time. It will hit seven years to the day since Katrina. There are questions about the levees and about all the preparations we have made. How will what we have done stand up to a storm? We will find out soon.

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The Hands Who’ve Helped

August 22nd, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

Isn’t it amazing what we can achieve when we come together? I always think two is better than one, a family is more powerful than an individual, and (as I often say around the office) team work makes the dream work.

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The NOLA-Nebraska Connection

August 16th, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

By Kurt Jostes
…so, without much further ado, I present my Top Ten New Orleans-Nebraska connections.

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Looking Forward to 2013… Already?!

August 7th, 2012 by in Blogs, The Latest

By Emily Lancaster
When I moved to New Orleans in 2008, I wasn’t sure where the road would lead me but I certainly didn’t expect that we, as a city, would be fortunate enough to continue to welcome volunteers year after year. We are so grateful and lucky to have your help.

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