Dr. Xiongya Gao
September 22, 2014
On August 29, 2005, there was a hurricane forming in the Gulf of Mexico. Her name was Katrina. It started as a small tropical storm, but as it entered the warm waters of the Gulf it grew to be a monstrous storm. So monstrous, that it would destroy anything in its path. Covering the coast lines of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. During this time, I contacted family members of their plans. We decided to head in different directions and hoped for the best. We all loaded the cars and proceeded towards the interstate. I must say traffic was really horrible. It seemed like everyone decided to leave the day before this ...view middle of the document...
The people there were friendly and helpful. After being referred to a church that helped displaced families, we received gift cards. Donations were pouring in to help with any necessities that may help.
Without being members of the church the pastor spoke to my husband and I. He stated he could help with a permanent place to reside and transportation. He went and spoke to a manager at an apartment complex who helped out tremendously. The pastor put down the money for our deposit and paid the rent for two months. Tell me that wasn’t a blessing in disguise. A car was donated by this lady and her son who read my story that I posted on the website for displaced families. This mother and son drove from Kansas City, Missouri to deliver the car to us in person. I was overwhelmed because with all the racism that was stirring up there was still kind-hearted people who helped. After placing the kids in nursery and pre-school which was located two blocks from where we resided, finding employment was difficult. In the process of finding employment, it felt strange in a different city and state. Finally someone give me chance to prove that I was worthy of being employed.
We celebrated birthdays and holidays in our new apartment, which was hard to adjust to due to limited space. After finding out our friends were in Texas, we were excited. Some families had a hard time locating there family members due to phones being down and no communication was getting across. When the decision was made to re-locate back to New Orleans, Louisiana it was a process. The house had to be totally demolished and re-build...