Alice, our eldest daughter moved to Louisiana in St. Bernards Parish for the winter, where she worked with Emergency Communities's relief kitchen from October until May. Read her full story here.
These photos of calm amid disaster were taken in April, 2006, eight months after Hurricane Katrina hit the area.
6-1-06 Emergency Communities disembled the kitchen because electricity has been restored to the area and local businesses are once again open (ten months after the hurricane hit). They have moved to an area that still needs help. Please continue your support for this fine organization.
Alice just got appointed to the Board of Operations at Emergency Communities. We are very proud of her.
I am posting a few new pictures that I took on my visit to St. Bernards Parish in January. This was a very enlightning visit. Quick, but I got to see the area and meet some of the residence who have weathered the hurricane and to hear their stories. I am heartened by the human spirit. -Dianne
Email from Emergency Communities 3-10-06
In December, when we opened, we served 300 people each day. We are now serving over 1,600 meals daily, and climbing.
1-11-06 Phone call from Alice
The dome is up. They have a library, kid's space and their distribution area is going nuts. The kitchen is now serving over 1,200 meals per day. Dianne is going down for a short volunteer visit on 1-19-06.
Emergency Communities' relief kitchen, is now set up in the city of Chalmette in St. Bernard’s Parish (next to New Orleans). They plan on serving 252,000 meals over the next twelve weeks. With the kitchen their central focus, they intend to provide a safe space for local residents to connect and rebuild their community.
Another phone call from Alice. The Rainbow Cafe was assembled and ready for business when something happened and the geo-dome where the kitchen was prepared collapsed. The work starts over again. Alice was supposed to come home today or tomorrow with Eric. She is unsure of her plans, due to the setback. We hope she will come home for a bit anyway, we will see what she decides.
Quick phone call from Alice. The Rainbow Cafe is opening for service in St. Bernard's Parish east of New Orleans today. The volunteers that run the kitchen (including Alice) are very busy today setting up the kitchen and serving area. Vacation is over, Alice is back in her tent.
We had a phone call from Alice. They are moving their kitchen to New Orleans and have a break in work in between kitchens. The group obtained three condos where everyone is staying, the food condo, the party condo and the naked condo. Guess which one Alice is in.
10-31-05-An e-mail from Alice