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Author: Mike Miller, LCSW

Today’s Thanksgiving blog is by Angela Patterson, M.S.W., M.P.C., UNITY’s Director of Programs and the inspirational leader of UNITY’s outreach team. [caption id="attachment_162" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Angela Patterson, UNITY Director of Programs"][/caption] No one knows what really happened that first Thanksgiving. Important details seem to include a story...

[caption id="attachment_151" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ms. Louis' Flooded Trailer"][/caption] It’s a little off the radar, tucked between two abandoned salvage yards littered with rusting hulks of Cadillac’s, Fords and Chevys.  The nearest neighbor is almost a mile away and that is the rabid-looking mutt that guards a distant...

[caption id="attachment_130" align="alignright" width="300" caption="UNITY outreach worker Clarence White searches abandoned buildings to rescue the homeless"][/caption] God bless Clarence White.   Seriously, may God bless Clarence White and I’m not even religious    If you had a chance to read his post you got about half the man’s...

We listen to stories, personal biographies, all day long.  We sit on porches, stoops, flea-infested couches, under bridges, inside cardboard boxes, next to bucket toilets, and listen.  It’s what we do.  Sometimes what we are listening to is psychotic ramblings and sometimes they are stories...

Dead houses come alive at night.  When the rest of the world is safely tucked into their beds, our clients begin their desperate stroll toward their nighttime dwellings.  They leave the train station or the ferry landing.  The homeless easily wear out their welcome at...

[caption id="attachment_80" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mr. Tommy pictured in the abandoned building he called home"][/caption] Last week, Tommy went to see President Obama at his Town Hall meeting in New Orleans.  Less than 12 months ago, he was living in an un-gutted basement and was using a...

So my partner’s delicate civil liberties were trampled upon Wednesday night.  At about 11 PM, after Shamus picked me up and we were heading into the office, we were pulled over by New Orleans finest.  Actually, we literally got pulled over at our office by...

[caption id="attachment_48" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A gutted home in the Lower 9th  "][/caption] So we did a part of the lower 9th last week.  We’re in between neighborhoods and we’re scoping out our next canvass.  That’s how we do it; pick a whole neighborhood and search every...

It’s a fine line between a brilliant idea and intrusive noise. I think we crossed it when you strategically gutted your last apartment with your elbow....

We have a big problem in little old New Orleans.  In fact, we have 65,000 of them.  Almost four years after the federal levees failed to hold back the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is now the #1 most blighted city in America.  We...

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