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Open Arms and Empty Beds

This article was published in the Atlanta Jewish Times on September 16, 2005. The article is about a couple, Phil and Judi Edwards, who run a shelter for homeless couples. They opened up their shelter early to help Katrina evcuees, but no evacuees came.

Shelter from the Storm

I painted this painting after working in the shelters in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina. It was unbelievable -- people coming in with open sores and wounds, crying, clutching whoever was around (or any other volunteers). One woman cried in my arms, saying, 'You're an angel." And yet my role was very limited in the aftermath of the storm --and my own life wasn't upended by the storm. But I personally couldn't not go there. I could do comfort, because I had done so much AIDS work. All I...

Red, White, and Blues

This is a blog entry by Nathan Rothstein, a volunteer with the Phoenix of New Orleans. This post describes the morale, outlook, and everyday struggles of residents of New Orleans during Independence Day 2006.

petting a horse at Greene Family Camp shelter

This is a photograph of children petting a horse at the Union of Reform Judaismís Greene Family Camp. During Hurricane Rita, the camp was temporarily turned into a shelter for evacuees. Over four hundred people, Jews and non-Jews, stayed at the camp. This picture is from the website of the Greene Family Camp, http://greene.urjcamps.org/.

eating popsicles at Greene Family Camp shelter

This is a photograph of children eating popsicles after dinner at the Union of Reform Judaismís Greene Family Camp. During Hurricane Rita, the camp was temporarily turned into a shelter for evacuees. Over four hundred people, Jews and non-Jews, stayed at the camp. This picture is from the website of the Greene Family Camp, http://greene.urjcamps.org/.