On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Many people are still suffering from the devastation. The original author of this study, Bill Quigley, was left behind in the hurricane, helping his wife who works at a hospital in New Orleans. He considers who all was left behind during the hurricane and reflects on how we need to all be concerned about how the powerless are taken care of in our country. Jean Marie Peacock pastored a church in New Orleans and lost both her home and her church in the storm. She now leads church-related assistance projects and has updated this study, reporting on life today in New Orleans and suggesting what participants can do to help.
Why should we still care? If nothing else, we should care because the situation shows how vulnerable many Americans are, whether they face an actual hurricane or are living in similar conditions in other parts of our country.
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