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Posted: Jul 1, 2006 10:58 pm
 
so my great aunt lives in Metairie and has come on some hard times since Katrina. she's a widow, has cancer, and a teenaged daughter, and she's wondering where she might be able to look for aid of any sort. do any of you Katrina survivors have any advice? she hasn't applied for any help at all since the storm and is reaching the end of her rope.

any suggestions you guys have would be a BIG help.

thanks much,

kosta
Posted: Jul 2, 2006 5:34 pm
 
Man, she must've gone out of her way to avoid help if she hasn't gotten any relief $ yet.

More details would help narrow down the options. Is she a home-owner or a renter? Did her house/apt. flood? If so, did she have flood insurance? Was there any damage to her house/apt. at all? Did she get one of the initial FEMA checks? A Red Cross check?

The good news is that there's probably lots of help out there for her...regardless of whether her home was storm damaged or not. BUT, she needs to act NOW, you know, before the well runs dry.

Give up some details and I'll see what I can come up with.
Posted: Jul 2, 2006 10:02 pm
 
thanks UF1. i'm going to see my folks now and will see what i can come up with.
Posted: Jul 3, 2006 3:13 am
 
ok, so here's what i found out: she is a home owner. she did get some checks but we think they were from insurance. She didn't get on any of the initial 'lists' feeling there were others who were more in need. her home didn't flood.

thanks in advance for whatever you can do. appreciate it.
Posted: Jul 3, 2006 3:24 am
 
also, a tree did fall on her house and damage the roof during the storm.
Posted: Jul 3, 2006 2:22 pm
 
What type of cancer does she have? Does she have support from her medical team?
Posted: Jul 4, 2006 4:19 am
 
she has bladder cancer. not sure of her current involvement with any medical team. sounds like she had beaten it once, but now it's back. i think she's just overwhelmed with all of the little stuff piling up around her. seems like she may be kind of turtling and not addressing putting one foot in front of the other. not sure though really. i'm no expert, but i'd guess she needs a case worker to help her navigate all of this.
Posted: Jul 4, 2006 8:09 am
 
If she lived uptown I would be able to help her out with small stuff, but I don't drive so I can't get to Metal-ry. Tell her to ask her doctor's about her options with social workers. If she goes to Ochsner Med Center they have a great oncology department.
Posted: Jul 4, 2006 6:35 pm
 
thanks donk! will pass that along. sounds like solid advice.
Posted: Jul 4, 2006 8:44 pm
 
List of Katrina relief organizations:

ACORN
800-790-2290

Adventist Community Services
800-381-7171

American Friends Service Committee
1-888-588-2372

American Jewish Committee
212-751-4000

America's Second Harvest
800-344-8070

Catholic Charities, USA
800-919-9338

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
800-848-5818

Church World Service
800-297-1516

Common Ground
504-361-9659

Convoy of Hope
417-823-8998

Food Not Bombs
800-884-1136

Foundations for Recovery
877-387-6126

Global Exchange / Rebuild Green
415-310-9783

Habitat for Humanity
504-861-2077

Humane Society
(800-486-2631) disaster@hsus.org

Lutheran Disaster Response
800-638-3522

Mazon -- Jewish Response for Hunger
310-442-0020

Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210

Mercy Corps
888-256-1900

NAACP Disaster Relief Fund
866-996-2227

Nazarene Disaster Response
888-256-5886

Network for Good
866-650-4636

Operation USA
323-658-8876

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
800-872-3283

Red Cross
800-435-7669

Salvation Army
800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Shefa Fund / Jewish Fund for Justice
215-483-4004 212-213-2113

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
800-462-8657, ext. 6440

Union for Reform Judasim / Jacob's Ladder
212-650-4140

United Jewish Communities
877-277-2477

United Methodist Committee on Relief
800-554-8583
Posted: Jul 4, 2006 8:49 pm
 
thanks unfriendly1!
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