When I returned to Louisiana over thirteen years ago, I went in search of an apartment in New Orleans that was within walking distance of my job. I looked at a lot of different places but one place that really interested me was a carriage house in the French Quarter. As a girl from Baton Rouge, a little pied à terre in the Quarter was exciting. I had just moved back from New York City so I was accustomed to “quaint” apartments.
It was a beautiful space with lots of light, located on Dumaine – available for a great price! The only conditions were that each night at 9:00pm, the voodoo walking tour presented by The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum gathered in the courtyard, and my neighbor was a world renowned voodoo priest, we'll call him JT, who lived with his collection of over 10 large python snakes.
Though I decided not to take the apartment, my visit with JT is one I will always remember for a number of reasons. As I left, JT told me that he was glad that I was able to come home to Louisiana but he thought it was important to tell me that things would be changing. He told me that soon New Orleans would see a storm, a storm like we had never seen and that the city would never be the same…
In 2005, Louisiana suffered two great storms: Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.The impact of these storms was beyond what anyone could have foreseen.
So many individuals, nonprofit organizations and corporations came to the rescue and aid of the victims of the storms. There was not an area of our state untouched, or unchanged.
We would like the opportunity to hear about how some of the nonprofit organizations in Louisiana assisted you. We want to celebrate the hope, compassion, service and dedication of these organizations. Do you have a Force for Good Story? Tell us. We will feature a new story each week on our home page and in our weekly planner through September 10th.
We are looking forward to hearing your Force For Good Stories. Click here to submit your story.
President & CEO
My dog, Frances Marie, a Katrina Rescue thanks to Capital Animal Welfare Society!