Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The State of St. Bernard Parish Post-Gustav

by Zack Rosenburg - Co-Founder of St. Bernard Project
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All, as I see it, St. Bernard Parish was nearly untouched. A few windows were broken, signs were torn down,. roofs may have leaked. But, the result we have is truly a best case scenario.
Which leads us to next steps:
St. Bernard Parish has escaped Gustav. 3 years later, we have not escaped Katrina. There is an incredible amount of work left to be done. Folks from around the world had the people of New Orleans and St. Bernard in their thoughts and, at the end of the day, we made it. Now, it is time to translate the energy from the thoughts, worries and prayers into action.
We can't all come to St. Bernard, but some of us can. We can't all donate, but some can. And there is one thing that we can all do - spread the truth about both the problems (1,800 families still living in FEMA trailers in SBP alone) and the solutions (SBP's rebuilding and Mental Health Model). We have learned that people want to be part of the solution, but they can only help if they know the truth. So pls spread the word.
We can breathe easy because we made it. I just ask that we don't lose sight of the fact that we have not escaped Katrina yet.


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