Adopt a Katrina family program matching donors to those in need

By Al Showers – bio | email

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Help is on the way for South Mississippi Katrina victims who have home repairs left, but have run out of money to complete them.

The Mississippi Case Management Consortium backed by FEMA has unveiled a new Adopt A Katrina Family Program. The goal is to match donors from all over the nation with families in need of help here at home.

Margie Amason and her family finally got back into their Katrina damaged home about a year ago. But the list of repairs still left to do is long.

"Like trim work, more painting needs to be done," Amason said. "The bottom needs to be closed in. It needs to be insulated underneath really bad."

She said the house needs some floor coverings, porch railings and some minor roof repairs.

"We have nothing left over to do anything to our home. Just like everyone else, everything that you make now, it takes every bit of it just to live."

And that's where the new Adopt a Katrina family program comes into the picture. Case mangers asses the repair needs. Then volunteers are sent out to take pictures of the needed work. Cost estimates for materials are then worked up.

"We take all that information, submit it in a specified format to Mississippi Case Management Consortium and they get it up on the website," said Kathleen Johnson, Executive Director of Katrina Relief

The Consortium hopes to get corporate sponsors, churches, building supply companies and private citizens to adopt the families posted on the website.

"They adopt a part of the project, sometimes they adopt all of the project. But whatever people can do is a great contribution to getting these hundreds and hundreds of homes done," Johnson said.

The Consortium expects to post more than 600 homes on its website,

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