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August 5, 2006

Albany - - It's been a year since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, changing the lives of tens of thousands of people living in New Orleans and surrounding areas. The disaster also changed the way many churches view their outreach, as many devoted long-term committments to aid in recovery.

Felix Marbury of First United Methodist Church has provided help to disaster victims before, but what he saw a year ago exceeded all other experiences.

"This was...I couldn't comprehend how bad this was going to be. Boats up on land, houses pushed on top of each other, lower New Orleans I saw a semi-trailer sitting up on top of a house...Peoples faces...earlier on when we went into Mississippi, the people looked in shock. They're eyes were big, just had a lost look on their faces," he recalls.

He and about 30 members from his church responded when Katrina Hit, offering money, supplies, and time - - helping re-build communities. He's gone back several times since then, only to find destruction still lives here.

"Some people are just as bad off as the first hour it hit, there are people who havent gone back to their houses, there are people whose houses haven't been cleaned out yet, many of thousands of houses, not just a few houses."

Marbury says although it's been a year, people can't forget those who still need a helping hand.

"As bad as it is as soon as another hurricane hits, I'm afraid people are going to pick up and move on to the next disaster, that concerns me probably as much as anything when there's still work to be done, tremendous amount, there's no end to it."

Even though it's been a year since Katrina hit, there are still thousands of people who still need help. Several organizations are providing long-term recovery efforts and you can give.

Here are a few of those resources:

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St
Americus, GA 31709
(229) 924-6935

American Red Cross
PO Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
(800) HELP-NOW

AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund - Katrina
American Kennel Club/Companion Animal Recovery
Attention: Ms. Kim Luong
C/O American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue
4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(800) 252-7894

America's Second Harvest
35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2000
Chicago, IL 60601
(800) 771-2303

88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
(800) 486-HELP

Angel Flight
4620 Haygood Rd., Suite 1
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(877) 858-7788

Baton Rouge Area Foundation
402 N. Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(877) 387-6126

B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund
B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund
2020 K St., NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 857-6600

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities USA
PO Box 25168
Alexandria, VA 22313-9788
(800) 919-9338

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope
330 S. Patterson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 823-8998

Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
(202) 606-6718

Disaster Psychiatry Outreach

Episcopal Relief and Development
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(800) 334-7626

Feed the Children

Gifts In Kind International
Gifts In Kind International
333 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-2121

Humane Society of the United States
HSUS Disaster Relief Fund
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(888) 259-5431

ICNA Relief
166-26, 89th. Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
(718) 658-7028

Islamic Relief
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, CA 91510
(888) 479-4968

Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
c/o Division of Administration
1201 North Third Street, Suite 7-240
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mercy Corps
Dept. W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669
(888) 256-1900

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
P.O. Box 151973
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 339-5596
www.nvoad.org N

ational Trust for Historic Preservation
Hurricane Relief Fund
1785 Massachusetts, Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(800) 944-6847

Nazarene Disaster Response

The Network for Good
8615 Westwood Center Dr.
Suite 1A
Vienna, VA 22182
(866) 650-4636

Operation Blessing

Operation USA
Operation USA
8320 Melrose Ave., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 658-8876

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
P.O. Box 4857
Jackson, Miss. 39296-4857
(800) SAL ARMY

Relief Welcome Wagon
Offers a 'find housing' and 'offer housing' for victims of the hurricane.

Save the Children
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
(800) 728-3843

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

Union for Reform Judaism

United Jewish Communities
UJC, Inc. Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 30
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
(877) 277-2477

United Methodist Committee on Relief
PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
(800) 554-8583

World Concern
19303 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98133
(800) 755-5022

World Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716
(888) 511-6548

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