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Author: Mike Miller, LCSW

I fully expect to one day be tapped on the shoulder, turn my head and have my face meet the clenched fist of Ms. Gwendolyn. It would be justified. As a mental health professional, I’ll take one for all the social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, LPC’s,...

Just like politics, all outreach is local.  In fact, it’s hyper-local, street-based, boots on the concrete, sweating it out in the August sun, try to understand the neighborhood accent and know your neighborhoods like you know your mama.  Because we do outreach in New Orleans...

When your job requires you to keep your shoes dirty, avoid florescent lighting and develop a nascent tolerance for mosquitoes and cockroaches, you pay a lot of attention to the weather. This week New Orleans has been sucker punched with the outer rain bands from...

Coming up on the 5-year anniversary of Katrina and the levee failures, our Executive Director told the staff the other day she is concerned that people across the country may not realize that the devastation caused by Katrina still remains.  “People think everything’s back to...

“Ah…Hello?  Is this Mike Miller?” The woman’s voice over the phone is timid and in the background I can hear people laughing and yelling.  It’s Friday, 9:23 PM.  In exactly 37 minutes I’ll be walking into a packed bar room, trading in my social work credentials...

There are clearly five major events in the history of New Orleans:   the founding of New Orleans in 1718 by the French colonizer Bienville, the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 in which we decided to let America taste real food, Andrew Jackson defeating the British in...

Recently we’ve been working on our annual attempt to count the homeless. This year we were lucky as we were able to recruit almost 70 volunteers to assist the 9 members of the outreach team and a bunch of staff from UNITY’s other programs. After...

[caption id="attachment_211" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Homeless persons waiting for refuge from the freezing cold"][/caption] I’m tired. We’re all tired. As a cold jet stream continues to dip into the Deep South for over a week now, New Orleans homeless providers have been operating under our freeze plan....

It was 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.  The outreach team needed extra help due to the hard freeze so good friend Katy and I volunteered to help out.  As we pulled out of the UNITY Welcome Home outreach team’s parking lot, I thought, “Surely no one...

[caption id="attachment_185" align="alignleft" width="419" caption="Mike Miller conducting intake with a client"][/caption] There are retarded people on the streets of New Orleans.  No, I’m not talking about the guy who cuts you off in traffic or the disruptive lady in the grocery line yapping away on her...

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