This interview of the director and associate director of Jewish Family Service of New Orleans (JFSNO) discusses how JFSNO immediately transformed itself in order to meet the community's needs following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Changes included the necessity of ensuring staff safety, salary and health care; the creation of a broader financial assistance program that was not only for the very poor; expanded counseling services; full case management to ensure, food, shelter and other necessities; homeowner assistance; interest-free loans; and social adjustment. The authors further discuss the strength of the Jewish communal network and suggest actions to be taken in preparation for future catastrophes, should they occur.
Gerber, Deena. Freedman, Anne. Brener, Anne. The Community as Healer: Coping with Katrina -- Jewish Family Service of New Orleans Transforms Itself to Meet the Needs of a Traumatized Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2007: