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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,

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:


Adventist Community Services

American Friends Service Committee

American Jewish Committee

America's Second Harvest

Catholic Charities, USA

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

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Common Ground

Convoy of Hope

Food Not Bombs

Foundations for Recovery

Global Exchange / Rebuild Green

Habitat for Humanity

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

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mazon -- Jewish Response for Hunger

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mercy Corps

NAACP Disaster Relief Fund

Nazarene Disaster Response

Network for Good

Operation USA

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Red Cross

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

United Jewish Communities

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