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Archive: Hurricane Katrina

The Rev. Irvin Boudreaux discusses recovery efforts at Brooks United Methodist Church in New Orleans in 2006 nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Pretty on the outside, still broken inside

Not everything is fixed and not everyone has come home after Hurricane Katrina but the church connection worked. Read More

Dorothy Booker walks along the incomplete outdoor prayer pavilion at historic Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Miss. Hurricane Katrina destroyed every building on the grounds in 2005. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Gulfside Assembly re-imagining future of historic site

Katrina hit just 16 days after Gulfside Assembly had celebrated opening the Norris Center, a $3 million building named for Bishop Alfred L. Norris. Read More

Earl Wollitt (right, foreground) casts his eyes upward during worship at Seashore Mission United Methodist Church in Biloxi, Miss. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Homeless shelter feeds bodies and souls

Hurricane Katrina destroyed Seashore Mission, but it has relocated and serves more than 200 meals, three days a week to the poor and homeless. Read More

United Methodist free clinic arose from Katrina

A free clinic started by United Methodists after Katrina is now open two nights with expansion plans that include an eye clinic. Read More

Sam Guyette (foreground) holds a camera on a selfie stick for a group photo with volunteers from First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, Calif., and Betty Johnson at her home in New Orleans' Upper 9th Ward. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

After the storm: Hope from small hands and big hearts

United Methodist volunteers are still helping people get back into homes damaged by Katrina. Read More

9th Ward church endures after Katrina

The 9th Ward has gone from the most populous ward in New Orleans to a ghost town, but Hartzell United Methodist Church endures. Read More

The Rev. Hadley Edwards kisses Estelle Julian during a visit to her home in New Orleans' 7th Ward. Edwards was going door to door to tell people about

Coming soon: ‘The Spirit Church’

The 7th Ward of New Orleans has a United Methodist presence for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Volunteers wearing protective gear gather to help homeowners in Detroit who were hit by floods in 2014. From left are: Lawrence Matthews of the Mennonite Disaster Service; Cheryl Tipton, Disaster Case Manager with the Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project of The United Methodist Church; and Andrew Massey,15, of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Detroit. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project.

From Katrina to Detroit: new collaborations

Relationships strengthened and expanded through the Katrina recovery process have created a new normal for local disaster response. Read More

Volunteers put lives, homes back together after Katrina

Epworth Project helps connects thousands of volunteers to homeowners who needed help after Katrina. Read More

Church members show the restored sanctuary at Hartzell United Methodist Church in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. The sanctuary was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. From left are: Burnetta D. Fauria, Angelique White Williams and Andrea Sanchez-Reese. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Mission reborn from Katrina’s destruction

From the depths of the 2005 hurricane that caused massive damage and suffering along the Gulf Coast, new United Methodist ministries arose. Read More

Tia Tucker, left, and Robin Pearce are two of many young people who are active members of First Grace United Methodist Church. UMNS photos by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Diverse church lifts up New Orleans

Joyful worship and lots of new faces follow merger of historically black and white congregations. Read More

Leona Cousins shares a laugh outside her home with Ken Ward, contractor with the United Methodist Slidell (La.) Disaster Recovery Station in this 2006 photo.

‘Angels’ mending lives on Gulf Coast

Hundreds of thousands of United Methodist volunteers have helped rebuild homes and lives after Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Sharon Young talks with Dr. Brent Wallas at Luke's House, a free medical clinic held every Tuesday evening in Mount Zion United Methodist Church.  UMNS photos by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Luke’s House offers healing and prayers

Katrina-inspired ministry is "a blessing to the whole community." Read More

The Rev. Marilyn Roeder (center) rallies her team of mission volunteers for a day of work in New Orleans. Roeder and members of First United Methodist Church in Victoria, Texas, are to make their eighth trip to New Orleans in October. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Volunteers make lifelong connections in Gulf Coast

Some mission teams feel called to return again and again to hammer away at the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Abraham Carey drives a tractor across the grounds of Gulfside Assembly. More than 20 months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the historic United Methodist facility, debris still litters the area. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Gulfside on ‘deliberate’ track to recovery

Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Miss., needs volunteer help and other support as it rebuilds following Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Youth from Tigard (Ore.) United Methodist Church install siding at the home of Regina Batiste in Slidell, La., as part of Project Noah, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, La. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

‘We are restoring lives,’ says recovery station director

Leona Cousins, 95, has been living in her shed since Katrina hit. She is just one example of the people being helped by the United Methodist Slidell Recovery Station. Read More

Two upstate New York churches adopt Mississippi family

Lisa, Destin and Darrien Swanson are wearing big smiles and new school uniforms for their first day of school in Pearlington, Miss., thanks to two United Methodist churches. Read More

Katrina one year later: remembering, rebuilding

For many along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the countdown to the new year will start Aug. 29 — not Jan. 1. Read More

Volunteers come to Mississippi’s aid

Six months after Katrina, houses are rotting, bent and twisted church signs stand vigil over places where thriving congregations once worshipped and people are in deep grief. Read More

Hurricane leaves new problems for struggling church

Felicity United Methodist Church was just starting to see daylight again when Hurricane Katrina came to town and blew away its hope. Read More

Pastor ‘goes with flow’ as he helps church, conference recover

The prayer of the Rev. Darryl Tate, director of the United Methodist Church's Louisiana Conference Storm Recovery Center, is the same every day: "Lord show me my flexibility." Read More

Alberta Paige recalls how hurricane floodwaters swept into her Biloxi, Miss., home. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

‘Not one time was I afraid,’ storm survivor says

Alberta Paige, 83, recalls how hurricane floodwaters swept into her Biloxi, Miss., home early Aug. 29, 2005. Read More

Volunteer teams give Mississippi pastor hope

The Rev. Edward Moses, pastor of St. Paul and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Gulfport, Miss., says his hope is in Jesus Christ and the volunteers. Read More

Trustees plan to start rebuilding Gulfside center

Hurricane Katrina washed away the United Methodist Church's historic Gulfside Assembly retreat center Aug. 29, but plans are in the works to bring the center back to life. Read More

Most of the historic Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Miss., lies in ruins after Hurricane Katrina. A UMNS photo by the Rev. Larry Hollon.

‘We have to rebuild Gulfside,’ United Methodists say

Hurricane Katrina washed away the United Methodist Church's historic Gulfside Assembly retreat center Aug. 29, but plans are in the works to bring the center back to life. Read More