Iowa Bound

Jun 29, 2008 by

Syndicated from the mass email by Loki, HumidCity Founder

A collaboration has been formed between Beacon, LCIA and Episcopal Diocese. We have started a fundraising campaign for the flood victims of Iowa. We will buy gift cards to give to displaced residents that can be used for clothing, food, water or building materials. On-line donations can be made through our website: www.lakewoodbeacon.org using PayPal or Just Give. Please make checks payable to Beacon of Hope and write Iowa in the memo. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to: 6268 Vicksburg Street, NOLA 70124 or 145 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Ste. 210, NOLA 70124. All donations are tax deductible as we are a qualified 501(c)3. Donations received will not be spent on our travel expenses.

Connie Uddo, Al Petrie and me, Denise Thornton, are going to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 13 through 17th. The Episcopal Diocese and Vineyard Church have already set up a distribution centers and camps in Quincy and Cedar Rapids. There are approximately 5,000 displaced residents in Cedar Rapids. We’re taking Chef Mark Uddo to do a community dinner, New Orleans style. The distribution center will get flyers out in advance of our arrival. We will hold workshops like contractor fraud & mold remediation. We will hand out the gift cards at the dinner in exchange for their contact information and we’ll start a database and try to identify a Beacon Administrator and a Volunteer Coordinator. We’re taking the Beacon Procedure Manual. We will make contact with government leaders. I have obtained letters of support from our city council and police department which will give us instant creditability in that arena. Connie’s 18 year old daughter is going with us and she’ll try to start a Youth Recovery Program which will involve the high school(s). We have learned so much about our own recovery that will be helpful to them long after we’re gone. If any of you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can make this trip more productive, please let me know.

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  1. Modern Day Estella

    Lakeview is still struggling with its own recovery, and yet Beacon of Hope, an organization created to help the local Katrina victims, and the Episcopal Diocese (St. Paul’s Episcopal in Lakeview has done so much for the neighborhood post-K!) are managing to send people and other aid options to the flood victims in Iowa …
    That is absolutely beautiful, and it’s, in my not-so-humble opinion, a shining example of how compassionate good people can be.

  2. Thanks for the information, and the effort. Turning one person’s disaster experience in to another’s helping hand is a beautiful spin on an otherwise crushing blow.

    I encourage readers to repost this information, far & wide.
    I have, and will. The ability of people to give of themselves in times such as these is amazing, as we’ve seen here, first hand.

    Great work and thanks again.

  3. mardi claw

    Last night I met a couple from Illinois, who lost everything, their business, their home, their entire small town about two months ago. They were flooded out, for a long time, and didn’t make it on the news.

    They owned a bar, of which there were only two in the small town they were from. Now, they are the only bar, since the other didn’t survive…

    They had photos, and they were exhausted. They had finished gutting, and were on a mini vacation before going back to live in their bar, since their house was gone.

    When I asked if Fema had stepped in to help, they said they had applied, but never heard back. When they did the follow up call, they were told they never applied, and then when they tried to re-apply, they were told they were trying to work the system, and so they had been bumped out of the system. No flood insurance, since they had never really flooded. Their pictures were heartbreaking. They looked like they were just really broken. I think of Iowa, and then I realize that it was much more than that.

    Like here, so many things we will never really know.

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