Hope and Faith After the Storm

A daily blog chronicling inspiring and brave stories of survival, hope, and faith in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The Road to Recovery

There is something in human nature that drives us to think "hope" even as we feel despair tugging at us from behind. The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina began over two weeks ago, and the nation continues to struggle to understand its devastating consequenses. These consequences have taken different shapes, from the physical destruction of property to the deep and troubling issue of enduring inequality in America. But even at this difficult time, the ways people have come together to make a terrible situation just a bit better have inspired us and fanned the tiny flame, that whisper of "hope." This blog, which ends today, has catalogued some of the innovative, brave, and generous ways that people have connected with each other--many other stories remain untold. But as the nation rebuilds, both literally and figuratively, in the wake of this tragedy, the inspiring human drive to hope will continue.

The Shoes Off Her Feet


Beliefnet reader J. Trovato writes in with her experience of how she came to take in an evacuee family. She writes, "We were in financial distress ourselves. But we had a home, a vehicle, two outstanding teen-aged children, and through our extended family members were making it month to month. On Thursday, September 1st, we drove down to the Astrodome area with all that we could pack into our car in hopes of finding a place to donate items that would reach evacuees quickly. We found a group that had organized efforts to collect and disburse items in desperate need. We worked with this group for a few hours, helping to organize and unload others' donations. While we worked, many evacuees were walking the streets, just deposited here from buses from the Superdome in New Orleans. Most had no shoes, were filthy, thirsty, hungry and homeless now.

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