September 1, 2021
David Bottner, the CEO at New Orleans Mission, let us know that Hurricane Ida did a number on the city. Everything is still pretty much shut down all around them. In their main facility, they have 300 people…and sketchy power. They had a nice generator donated before the storm, but they couldn’t keep it running. A second generator didn’t do much better. They are on their third generator and have been able to keep the freezers operating, water running, air circulating (via some large fans), and enough lights on to allow people to feel safe.
They also have no power in their Lacombe men’s facility where they have 90 men in addiction recovery (north of Lake Pontchartrain). They are trying to get multiple generators to them because they have 11 buildings in use. In their women’s facility, the big problem is air conditioning. Again, generators are needed.
David also said that they are now unable to send Delta variant cases offsite for quarantine because places that have been housing them have been shut down. They are needing to care for them in their own facilities. That has added to the stress.
Here are their biggest needs:
David said they are taking it one bite at a time, and he would be grateful for anything that people can provide. Check back on this webpage for updates. If you can provide assistance or would like to get involved in some way, email Sam Edwards at Citygate Network. He will coordinate with David and his team.
Citygate Network President