Hurricane Ida Response Immediate Support Needed
Hurricane Ida made landfall in southern Louisiana on August 29th – 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina. While our building was not significantly impacted, the city’s anticipated lengthy power outage made residing at our site untenable for the near future.
Our youth, families, and staff were safely evacuated to Houston, but we know a long road awaits. We have maintained staff in New Orleans to support youth who remain in the community. We are of course incurring extraordinary costs to evacuate our youth and staff – and continue providing 24/7 comprehensive care and support.
We are beyond grateful to our friends at Covenant House Texas for opening their arms in every way possible to support our young people, many of whom were babies when Katrina struck. As you would imagine, there is much anxiety among the group. Our two teams worked very closely together to ensure a smooth, safe, and welcoming transition.
This crisis represents yet another new challenge for our staff and our young people. Despite ALL they have experienced, they are filled with hope and promise. Their resilience is truly remarkable.
We would appreciate any support and prayers you can offer during this time of crisis.