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What is up with Katrina Evacuees in Portland?

wondering what the story is.....
I just heard on KPOJ that there are over 500 evacuees in Portland and that 30 a day are arriving through the Red Cross. Where are they? Who is helping them? After the Washington/Monroe plan was axed, the media has been awfully quiet about it...
As of this morning, Multnomah County is on alert again 20.Sep.2005 16:04

M

That's all I know.

... 20.Sep.2005 22:38

b

I think the high school that they were originally going to stay at is being used to provide them with services, but they (at least some of them) are staying at places that churches set them up with (I'm not sure where).

here's some info 21.Sep.2005 16:50

katrinahousing

According to the Red Cross, the City, the Oregonian, and others, there are somewhere between 300-410 Katrina survivors that have been processed through the Washington-Monroe Shelter. What is not clear is: what goods and services are provided through this processing? It sounds like some may be getting housing, counseling, maybe jobs and food, etc., but that some may only be getting a 2-week hotel voucher. I have not been able to confirm this last part, it's entirely hearsay.

I am a volunteer at a grassroots, 100% volunteer group called Katrina Housing NW that has been operating in Portland and Seattle since the hurricane landed. We are trying to identify Katrina survivors locally and in shelters in the states surrounding the hurricane zone. We are trying to provide any takers with free airfare or busfare, housing, food, clothes, furniture, education, jobs or job training, cars, bikes, etc. We have 30 mental health counselors eager to volunteer their services.

We have had some success so far but the hard part is getting in touch with these people, because the Red Cross doesn't want to tell us how to contact them. We have houses. We have apartments. Some are occupied/shared situations, some are vacant. We have many many people who want to offer free room and board and compassion for 4-5 months, some longer. If you know of someone that might be interested, please please ask them to contact us through our website, www.katrinahousingnw.org. We got the goods, just need access to the people!

Thanks, Theresa


here's some info 21.Sep.2005 16:50

katrinahousing

According to the Red Cross, the City, the Oregonian, and others, there are somewhere between 300-410 Katrina survivors that have been processed through the Washington-Monroe Shelter. What is not clear is: what goods and services are provided through this processing? It sounds like some may be getting housing, counseling, maybe jobs and food, etc., but that some may only be getting a 2-week hotel voucher. I have not been able to confirm this last part, it's entirely hearsay.

I am a volunteer at a grassroots, 100% volunteer group called Katrina Housing NW that has been operating in Portland and Seattle since the hurricane landed. We are trying to identify Katrina survivors locally and in shelters in the states surrounding the hurricane zone. We are trying to provide any takers with free airfare or busfare, housing, food, clothes, furniture, education, jobs or job training, cars, bikes, etc. We have 30 mental health counselors eager to volunteer their services.

We have had some success so far but the hard part is getting in touch with these people, because the Red Cross doesn't want to tell us how to contact them. We have houses. We have apartments. Some are occupied/shared situations, some are vacant. We have many many people who want to offer free room and board and compassion for 4-5 months, some longer. If you know of someone that might be interested, please please ask them to contact us through our website, www.katrinahousingnw.org. We got the goods, just need access to the people!

Thanks, Theresa


Red Cross non-denominational? 26.Sep.2005 15:24

the mojo wire

I went through the Red Cross response training that they had at the shelter and talked to a few survivors. They seemed pretty satisfied with the help they were getting - although most of them were still in shock.

What was most shocking to me was that with all the talk of the Red Cross being non-religious, there was a direct mention of the Southern Baptist Council no less than 10 times throughout the day

They are non-religious, they are just willing to work with religious groups 28.Sep.2005 19:22

new volunteer

The ARC is non-religious (or at least non-specific; the head of training for them here in PDX is a practicing Pagan I am told), but the ARC works with many other groups. Some of these groups are religious.

While I have no love for the southern baptist religion, I have to admit they are good at feeding people, even vegitarian, openly non-christians like myself. I saw them in action three times when I lived in the south, they crank out a lot of food.

While I was at training with the ARC two weeks ago, they also mentioned the Menonites (they do construction),7th day adventists (clean up), and a few other religiosu groups. Mostly they mention groups such as REACT and ARIES (communications teams), CAP (search and rescue), and other non-religious groups.

Inside hint: the ARC folks really dislike FEMA and the Salvation Army. A LOT.

Oh, and the reason the ARC won't tell you how to get in touch with disaster victims (they use the term "clients") is because of privacy. You are welcome to advertise, they are welcome to contact you, but nobody has any right to invade these people's privacy without their OK. They register with the ARC, and in that process they say exactly who the ARC can release info about them to. If you think about it, you may see the reasoning. This does not prevent you from doing your jobs though, it just means the ARC is not going to give you confidential information.

Not the council 28.Sep.2005 19:25

me

NOT the "Southern Baptist Council," they are a church. The "Southern Baptist Disaster Relief" group is a charity run by that church. Seems like a meaningless distinction, but trust me, there is a huge difference.

Re: What's up with Katrina Evacs in Portland? 14.Oct.2005 17:33

Steve Nielsen stephengn@perfectmail.com

According to a quote from the Red Cross today (10-14-05), there are now 840 evacuees from the Gulf Coast region now in the Portland area. This means that Katrina evacuees (like myself) now make up a little less than 2/10 of 1 percent of Portland's population of 540,000.

So far, I LOVE Portland. The people have been great, the food's not bad, the mountains are beautiful and the politics are right on.

But, it is very different from New Orleans.

I'm trying to get in touch with people from the New Orleans area. I think it's important that we are able to contact each other. I know we could help each other out.

If you are from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Tammany or any of the parishes around New Orleans, please write me at  stephengn@perfectmail.com

I also think it'dand be great if we get all get together with a big ol' pot, some Zatteran's and a big mess of crabs. I don't know if it's still available, but the Dixie beer would be on me.


Now, don't get me wrong, I really want to get to know the people in Portland too, so please write me

Thanks Portland.

Alive and well in Oregon,
Steve