Storm Troopers

Black people calling Phoenix the promised land? The Katrina evacuees in the Valley haven't been getting out enough

With the initial outpouring of cash donations, volunteer social services and the various "We Care" charity contributions, the 550 Katrina evacuees delivered to our city got to experience the Great White Hug.

Now, as that clinch quickly loses its grip on the evacuees' shaky future, it's up to the faith-based community to embrace however many of them choose to remain here throughout the coming challenging months.

Red Cross volunteer Mary Angulo-Cordova hugs Katrina evacuee Inez Lonzo.
Peter Scanlon
Red Cross volunteer Mary Angulo-Cordova hugs Katrina evacuee Inez Lonzo.
Jannah Scott (right) at the Arizona Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the State Capitol: "We need to keep an eye on what's happening with the folks."
Peter Scanlon
Jannah Scott (right) at the Arizona Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the State Capitol: "We need to keep an eye on what's happening with the folks."

"We wanna make sure that these families are not just served for a week and a half," says Bishop Thomas at the Pilgrim Rest meeting. "We wanna make sure they're served for the whole length of time that they're gonna be here. And for many of them, they ain't going back!"

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