November 7, 2005 — Responding in various ways, San Antonians have helped heal the wounds created by Hurricane Katrina. Alamo Area Mutual Housing Association, a NeighborWorks organization, has shown its commitment to assisting its Louisiana neighbors by providing furnished apartments to 200 Katrina survivors throughout five different communities.
Residents meet in Alamo MHA’s Castleridge Apartments, a new home for Katrina evacuees.
Also, with the help and generosity
of staff, residents, and community partners, AAMHA has managed to provide families with food, clothing,
and toiletries. Amigos de el Valle, another NeighborWorks affiliate, is one of
many organizations that extended
its generosity as well.
Amigos de el Valle transported several truckloads of bottled water, flashlights, and children’s coloring books. Another partnership is in the works that will provide long-term assistance to survivor families based on their assessed needs.
Although needs are constantly being assessed, expressions of gratitude flowed freely from 79 families who now call San Antonio home. One new resident stated it plainly, “Thank you for welcoming us . . . thank you for making us feel normal . . . .”