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Cross-Posted - CILs in Hurricane Path [Sep. 2nd, 2005|12:14 am]
No Pity: A Community for People with Disabilities

Dear IL Colleague,

As you may know, the Centers for Independent Living in Biloxi, Mississippi
and New Orleans have been gravely affected by the hurricane. In fact the
Biloxi, MS center was totally destroyed. Many of you are asking how you can
help. Here is what we have learned from colleagues in those states.

Sending money is the first priority. Sending supplies to those centers is
helpful too but NOT RIGHT NOW, because they can't get through the water.

Here are the suggested options for right now:

1) Send a check or credit card payment to the Red Cross and designate it for
Hurricane Relief, or designate it for people with disabilities in the
Biloxi/Hattiesburg or New Orleans areas.

2) If you want to send money for the CILs that are dealing with this
disaster directly, here are your options:

For the Biloxi Center, mail the check (payable to LIFE of Central MS and
designated for the Biloxi Center) to:

LIFE of Central Mississippi
754 North President Street, Suite 1
Jackson, MS 39202

For the centers in Louisiana (make checks payable to Resources for
Independent Living - this is a branch of the N.O. center - and designate for
the New Orleans center)and mail to:

Resources for IL
11931 Industriplex Blvd. Suite 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

We have also learned from Mack Marsh of the Shreveport Center that centers
in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles are assisting evacuees. Mack
says they would also appreciate supplies if there is any way to get those
supplies to the centers. His list includes: manual wheelchairs, hospital
beds, adult diapers, bed pads, catheters and other supplies. The address for
the Baton Rouge center is shown above, addresses for the Shreveport and Lake
Charles centers follow.

Southwest LA Independence Center, Inc.
Mitch Granger
1202 Kirkman, Suite C
Lake Charles, LA 70601

New Horizons, Inc.
Jerry Kidwell
9300 Mansfield Road, Suite 204
Shreveport, LA 71118

We will keep you informed of any additional ways that you can help. Feel
free to forward this information to other people interested in the needs of
people with disabilities affected by this disaster.

[User Picture]From: geekdiva
2005-09-02 07:04 am (UTC)

writing letters to the dept. of education?

Are the CILs still partially funded by the US Department of Education? Would suggesting that people write letters to the DoE and senators and the like be a good idea?

And in the last paragraph, it mentions keeping people informed. Is there a place people can sign up for updates and further requests?

Thanks for posting this--I haven't been able to keep up with my friends list at all due to my illness, and I just happened to see this. The Seattle-area CIL -- http://www.wccd.org -- changed my life from my worst-ever despair to a life I'm happy to live.

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From: misplcdcanadian
2005-09-02 04:31 pm (UTC)


There are updates through Justice For All, an email announcement list. I keep searching for other places that have information about and for people with disabilities in the Gulf Coast, and if I find other sources I will let you know.
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[User Picture]From: dogemperor
2005-09-02 03:14 pm (UTC)
If anyone has a direct link to either the Houston or Louisiana CIL's, feel free to comment on it.

(I ask as I have been posting an ever-evolving list of charities related to NOLA relief, with a specific aim of trying to promote "good guys" with "no strings attached" to aid like CIL and at the same time warning folks of what charities to avoid (in this case, because they promote "dominionism", the lovely warped version of "Christianity" that Pat Robertson et al promote).

The post I've done (which links back to this journal entry) is at http://www.livejournal.com/community/dark_christian/245640.html (in case anyone has comments on their own).
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From: misplcdcanadian
2005-09-02 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for adding this post to your list. It's very appreciated.
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