Friday, September 09, 2005

Housing needed in Shreveport

From an email -- Brian Byrd, Vice President of Volunteers of America Employment and Community Services Division, sends this message: ...Just got back from Hirsch [shelter in Shreveport]. I met a 79-year old lady who is looking for a 2-bedroom house or apartment. She uses a wheelchair, so it would have to be accessible (or appropriate for minor modifications). She receives Social Security and her adult son lives w/ her and provides her daily care. He is a waiter and currently looking for work here. The powers that be at Hirsch found a house for her -- in OHIO! She was so upset - they were saying things like "I know it's cold up there but we'll make sure you have warm clothes",etc. She does not want to leave S'port until she is able to return to her home in New Orleans. PLEASE let me know if anyone knows of housing for her (oh yeah, the other small catch is that she doesn't speak any English - only Spanish)... If you can help, call Brian Byrd 318 429-7500. Cash donations are still needed to help with the unanticipated expenses of serving our guests. You can mail donations to: Volunteers of America of North Louisiana 360 Jordan Street Shreveport, La, 71101. If you have any questions or need information, please email me: Lisa Brandeburg Vice President of Communications and Development Volunteers of America of North Louisiana 318-221-2669 Ext 205 www.voanorthla.org