Some Katrina Volunteers Find Their Help Is No Longer Welcome

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Tens of thousands of volunteers from
across the country poured into Mississippi and Louisiana to help
people recover from Hurricane Katrina. Now, some are finding their
help is no longer welcome.

God's Katrina Kitchen, a faith-based relief operation that has served more than one (m) million meals to the storm's victims and the volunteers who helped them, has been forced to move twice due to neighborhood complaints.

Kentuckian Greg Porter who founded the Kitchen hasn't found a new home for it.

Officials say the roadside-tent operation may have to close at the end of the month.

Similarly, free medical clinics staffed by volunteer doctors have run into resistance from local physicians struggling to resuscitate their practices.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by concerned Location: kentucky on Jul 20, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    People need to learn how to respect others who are reaching out to help others.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2007 at 01:09 AM
    looks like katrina could not have happened to better city.
  • by Cari on Jul 19, 2007 at 10:12 PM
    I lived in Mississippi for a couple of months. Frankly, I don't think they deserve any help, because I never saw one person trying to help themselves. If they're complaining about free labor and food...why not just come back home?
  • by Lynn Location: London on Jul 19, 2007 at 09:39 PM
    For those volunteers, I praise you for still trying to help. But if the residents of those areas are so ungrateful for your services, then come back home and go help somewhere that you will be appreciated. One thing I do want to translate is, I do not want to hear how the poor hurricane victims are being forgotten. If they can't appreciate what help is being given to them they don't deserve it. Alot of the victims need to quit whining and take responsibility about putting their lives back together. No one will do it for them. As one surivor of Hurricane Camille stated, "It took 20 yrs. to get back what was lost".

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