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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...

The new 2010 census is coming up.  For those who don’t know this is the decennial process by which the U.S. government determines (1) how many people live in the U.S., and (2) how to properly apportion Congressional representatives to across the country.  The census...

[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...

I don’t understand this at all!! Why isn’t someone doing something to help???? Can you ask the Arc to help you? What can we as citizens do about this? I used to work with special needs kids and this is totally unacceptable to me. Above is...

[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...

“Uh, we’ve got a situation.”  These were Mike’s words just before noon as we were checking out an old factory building along the river.   We had been there before, knew the building, and – in an atypical move – allowed ourselves to get separated. I got...

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...

Today’s post is by Cynthia Mitchell, who recently began working as UNITY’s Director of Intake, in charge of helping homeless and at-risk people requesting assistance to access the many housing and service programs of UNITY and its member organizations.   [caption id="attachment_147" align="alignleft" width="384" caption="Cynthia Mitchell, Director...

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