Monday, September 12, 2005
Sad, Disappointed and Needing to Help Others
To make a long story short, I work in the social service industry and we were selected as a key organization to welcome the victims of Hurricane Katrina into our city. We were expecting 2,000 people, then they came back to tell us that only 500 would come. Many of the organizations and our state government prepared many places, both temporary and permanent for the people to stay. Everything was in place, mental health services, church support, supportive services, supplies, clothing and educational assistance, transportation, everything, and trust me, I mean everything. Well, I met with my staff this morning at the request of our board and asked for volunteers to meet us within a three hour period to spend the next 18-24 hours to help us make the victims comfortable and to be there for them to answer questions, etc. We were so prepared and so excited to be able to contribute our services. Then we got a call telling us that we were on standby, because the flights were delayed and they would get back to us to let us know when to get to our designated places...well we received a call to tell us that they victims were not coming....I mean disappointment. Folks had been planning, building rooms, showers, purchasing clothes, you just don't know.... for more than eleven days and this...I really wanted to help. The staff was so disappointed. So this Thursday, I think we will just go to our local United Way and helped to pack boxes of clothes and other things. But to have that face to face contact with the victims, to offer a hug and to welcome them to the city...was like healing a broken spirit because of the delays in our country helping the victims, maybe it was like making up for something that didn't happen, but whatever the reason my staff and I are truly disappointed.