September 6, 2005
We'd like to offer our sympathy and support to those of you whose homes and lives may have been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
We want you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and furthermore, we'd like to offer you any practical support we can in helping you get your life back in order.
First, if you just need somebody to talk with, you are welcome to call the ToDo Institute on our toll free line:
800-950-6034 and we'll be glad to listen and help you sort out the "next steps" necessary to regroup. You can call us anytime between 7:30am-9pm.
If you are without housing at this point, we are able to make some temporary space available to you here at the ToDo Institute. Because we have no programs scheduled until the end of the month, we have two adjoining rooms available, from Sept 6 - Sept 24....
These rooms would be ideal for a family with 2-3 young children. You would have a kitchen to cook in and we would help out with transportation for things like food shopping. We can also help out with temporary clothing and possibly arrange for some temporary part-time employment while you're here.
The setting here is very lovely and peaceful, nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains about 30 minutes from the nearest city (Burlington, Vermont). Keep in mind we are a vegetarian center and have two children living here with us as well as a 2 year old golden retriever.
So if you are in need of temporary housing and this would work for you, let us know. If you are in need of clothing for you or your children, let us know and we can try to mobilize the resources of the ToDo Institute community to get you something until you are in a position to purchase new clothes.
We have a little booklet that can be downloaded from our Website called
The ToDo Institute Guide to Navigating Through Crisis --
That might be helpful to you or others. To the extent you can, please share it with others who might find it helpful and practical.
If you have been spared the devastation of others in Katrina's path, then we are happy for you and you need not respond. But if you do need support, please know that we will do what we can to help and that you will not be alone in your efforts to rebuild your life and home.
With warm regards,
The ToDo Institute Staff
Gregg, Linda, Eric, and John