Thank you to everyone who has assisted George & me in our attempt to
ready our home for hurricane evacuees.
Regrettably, I have come to realize that I'm not emotionally able to
make this commitment after all. I thought I could open my home to
others, but I have sunk into a depression over the past few weeks that
has finally convinced me that I tried to bite off more than I could chew.
George & I are still committed to helping evacuees, but we will now be
doing this through donations of time and money to a local group,
Katrina Housing Northwest www.katrinahousingNW.org
I have attached the latest Katrina
Housing Seattle Alert to the end of this message so you can get an idea
of what the group is presently doing.
We will be reimbursing those who gave us cash donations and having a
party to thank those of you who gave of your time and effort. Thank you
again for all your hard work on our behalf.
This hasn't been an easy time for Emma and I know she feels that she's
let you (and herself) down. I wish that matters had worked out
otherwise. I thank all of you who selflessly gave of your time and
money. It was inspiring to both of us.
Hello KHNW supporters!
This past Thursday a meeting was held in downtown Seattle with
Representatives from the American Red Cross, The Emergency Management
Division, The Seattle Housing Authority and many community
organizations, and private ones such as ours.
A representative kept us informed of the meetings results:
The Goal: To communicate the Housing Sustainment Plan for the over
1000 evacuees in our area right now. Specifically, funding and
availability of LONG TERM PERMANENT HOUSING in their own homes.
The Answer: They have not arrived at an answer yet.
True, that is frustrating, and I could spend plenty of time venting
about the details of the lack of planning, or the level of frustration
my families and many others have experienced.
However, the immediate needs of our evacuees still remain, and our
mission is to meet those needs.
Wherever and however we can. I am thoroughly committed to that.
The good news for us is that I have partnered with Representatives from
the American Red Cross King/Kitsap/Olympia chapters to help identify
individual needs, and we are working directly with the International
Rescue Committee ( www.theirc.org) who are
excellent allies in the progress towards KHNW being successful in their
mission to assist.
We are fortunate that we get to skip the red tape in all this. We are
fueled entirely on the kindness of our local supporters. You have all
been a key part of improving the lives of these people!
We still have needs for these families and our organization. Those needs
Private housing for 12-18 months (evacuee family only) i.e empty
apartments in Seattle area, (services are in the city and they need to
GIFT CARDS: For Target, Fred Meyer, Safeway, QFC, WALGREEN'S, Sears,
Ikea, Rite Aid, Office Max, COSTCO for household items, etc...
GAS CARDS: For our volunteer drivers who are burning through the fuel
to drive these folks around until they get bus passes, cars etc...
A Tax Attorney to offer pro-bono time to assist with the 501c (3)
A PT Non Profit Accountant, volunteer
If you are interested in any of these items, just email me at
northwestRR@gmail.com (that is Jessica's
email, our amazing admin)
Want to get a group involved? Please organize support through your
office, schools, places of worship, etc... we can provide you with
This continues to be a very important and increasingly more organized
effort. We have surpassed the point where we only coordinated short term
emergency housing, and now we are in it for the long haul, providing
solutions for many needs.
Thank you ALL so very very much for your kindness, support, assistance
and generosity. I never know how to express enough how much it means to
me, and all the people you help, that you have done so much in such
distressing times for them.
Noelle Hunt Bennett
Katrina Housing North West
North West Resource Relief