Although Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana can easily be counted among those victimized by Hurricane Katrina—suffering the loss of their center of operations with the flooding of their offices and the dismantlement of their staff—the organization has never relented in its commitment to serving the youth and families of communities in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
Before Katrina, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana was part of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters network dedicated to provide mentoring services to youth and teenagers in need of guidance from a positive role model with whom they could identify. The organization suffered the loss of its offices due to the flooding that resulted from Katrina and remained without a center of operations until November of 2006 when they resumed at their new location on Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans.
While rebuilding their staff after Hurricane Katrina, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana has been working tirelessly to expand its efforts to specifically target the needs of communities most severely affected by the storm. Though there remains a long road ahead, the progress that has been made in the recovery of the citizens and communities of the city of New Orleans would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of individuals and charitable organizations. Likewise, the ability of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana to rebuild its organization and meet the needs of communities devastated by the storm depends on the support and dedication of willing and passionate individuals.
Those individuals interested in helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana serve the needs of communities impacted by Katrina can contact M. Dolores Medina-Whitfield at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana main offices:
2626 Canal St., Suite 203
New Orleans, LA 70119
Or Call: 877-500-7304