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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...

New York Times Editorial Published: December 11, 2009 The real estate industry and some Louisiana politicians have been promoting the fiction that New Orleans has all the housing it needs and should be allowed to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid from desperately...

“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...

Sitting on a sidewalk outside one of our emergency shelters, I’m trying to complete an intake packet on a man who tells me he’s been hospitalized in at least 40 hospitals for bipolar and major depressive disorder, including many suicidal episodes.  Tonight, though, he appears...