Stories

“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...

With New Orleans' stock of blighted structures still among the nation's largest nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, residents on Monday implored advisers to Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu to take tough action against delinquent property owners. In offering suggestions to Landrieu's task forces on housing and blight,...

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...

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...