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Sheila was raped yesterday. While Sheila was lying in her scavenged bed in an abandoned apartment a man came in through the door that no longer has a lock and he raped her. Sheila is already approved for housing. She has already completed the maze of information...

John Steinbeck would have loved the people we meet on a daily basis. I can imagine him sipping coffee in the morning with Ms. Donna – coffee warmed on the grated fire pit in front of her deteriorating, ramshackle home. He would have helped her empty...

MARCH 17 - “So what do you do for a living?”  Normal enough question, I get it often especially when wearing my caution-yellow T-shirt that glows in daylight and says UNITY OUTREACH.  The only thing that is odd is that I’m having this conversation sometime...

“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...

Today’s blog post is by Katy Quigley, who has joined Shamus, Mike and Clarence on the abandoned building outreach team. “Good Night beautiful boy. I love you.” As I bend over to kiss my 9 year old son I realize that teamwork is one of the tools...

Amputated in 1974 after I got shot.  I didn’t have the heart to tell the man that he lost that left arm seven years before I was born.  Mike is continuing to ask questions about his medical history when Katy and I hear someone scream...

[caption id="attachment_253" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Laniker Hunter, Outreach Worker"][/caption] Today's blog is by Laniker Hunter, an outreach worker who often works with homeless families. On January 12th during the freeze, a family of six was referred to us by Senator’s Landrieu’s office. The family consisted of Gloria and her...

I’m no optimist, that’s clear. My coworkers and friends will tell you I’ve got a great sense of humor (along with a not-too-small touch of arrogance).  However, they’ll also tell you that it is one of those slightly-twisted, mildly-morbid types of humor that even if light-hearted...

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...

I hope Mitch Landrieu does something for this city, or else God’s gonna wash it away. Welcome to office Mr. Landrieu, these are the words of a man squatting right downtown in the Central Business District (CBD) last week.  Despite battling bipolar disorder and the general...

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