Relief Center Still Serving Hurricane Victims In Lizana

Lester Quavas of Lizana lines up with others for his once a week visit to Project Hope and Compassion. For him, these few supplies help fill a need he otherwise might not be able to afford.

"It means lots," says Quavas.

Project Hope and Compassion, a ministry of St. Ann's Catholic Church, began about a week after Hurricane Katrina's winds did great damage to the tiny community. It began with church member Karen Parker and her chance encounter with a truck driver loaded with supplies.

"Their point of destination was Hancock Bank on 53," says Parker, the On Site Director of Project Hope. "They were re-roofing the building. So the driver of the truck, for whatever reason, just kept driving and he pulled into our parking lot."

From that unlikely beginning, that Parker considers divine intervention, the site has evolved into shelter for relief workers as well as a beacon of compassion for all who seek it.

"I think it's very nice for them to be over here doing the things they're doing for us when we really do need them," says Mary Ladner of Kiln.

It's also a beacon to volunteers who want to provide that hope and compassion. People like Dennis and Karen Kahl of Decalb, Illinois.

"You just think that if there's just something small you can do to make someone's life a little better, you're going to do it," says Karen. "So this is our vacation."

Supplies that arrive at the back door go quickly out the front. And as long as such deliveries keep coming in, Karen says they'll remain open to everyone still in need.