In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina displaced thousands of Louisiana families. In August of 2006, Lisa Spiegel and her eldest daughter went to New Orleans to build houses for the hurricane's victims with Habitat for Humanity. Here is her account of the start of the project:
"Building houses for victims of Katrina was a profound experience. Hearing the stories of pain, courage and faith from the families who were going to be moving into these very houses was inspiring, we immediately wanted to build a connection with this community. A Soho Parenting project was born. Though these families are lucky enough to have received homes, there is a shocking lack of mental health support. Our goal is to continue to lend any kind of help and develop a long-term relationship between Soho Parenting and the families in Gray, Louisiana."
Since its birth, our work in Louisiana has continued to grow. Our staff continues to visit Louisiana each summer and our clients donate books for the families as well as funds to supply an after school arts program, activities, and counseling. To find out more information on how you can help, contact Soho Parenting.
Safe Horizon is the nation's leading victim assistance organization. Their mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Their 80 programs are located throughout the five boroughs of New York City in court houses, police precincts, schools, shelters, and community offices. Safe Horizon's first priority is the safety of those who seek assistance. Programs work with clients to meet their needs so they can look ahead to a safe horizon. Soho Parenting runs a yearly “Give-A-Warm-Shower Drive” with Safe Horizons to help New York City families in need.