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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BlogTourNOLA - Can We Talk About This?

You may remember this photo from a couple weeks back.  It was taken from the back patio of Joe and Gloria Robert in the Gentilly neighbourhood of New Orleans.  For me, this was the highlight (and lowlight) of the BlogTour; visiting this neighbourhood as well as the Lower 9th Ward, two areas that are still struggling to recover 8 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

I don't even live there, and I'm still struggling to come to grips with the WHY of it all.  Many of my BlogTour colleagues are as well, which is why on Thursday, May 9th from 4-5pm Eastern time we'll be gathering for a Twitter chat (use the hashtag #BlogTourNOLA).

We'll be discussing what we saw, what we felt, and in particular the efforts of The Storehouse of WorldVision. The Storehouse of World Vision, is a network of six storehouses which supply donated goods such as building materials, school supplies, personal care items, and clothing from corporate partners like the NKBA and Home Depot to more than 2.2 million people annually in low-income communities.  

In New Orleans The Storehouse of World Vision is partnering with St. Paul’s Homecoming Center (SPHC) to help people like Joe & Gloria.  From the outside their house doesn't look too bad.  Trust me, it's uninhabitable.  And while Joe is trying to get his life back in order, he's actually spending more time helping his neighbours.  

There's so much more to write about.  I have about 45 minutes of interviews to listen to.  I spoke with the families trying to get their lives back in order, and with the people of St Paul's  In my opinion, these are the true heroes of this tragedy.  In the meantime, I encourage you to join the chat on Thursday.  8 years later, there's still much to talk about.

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