Before Hurricane Katrina St
Johns #5 Baptist Church had a number of facilities designed to help low income
families, children, unwed teen mothers, and HIV victims to improve or better
cope with life in their current situation. This included 5 locations. These
locations are as follows:
We are a small fellowship located in the 7th ward. Yawl are welcome to come worship with us.
Computer Training Center
This location had 50+ computers and other technology related equipment for training local people and children in valuable skills needed to become self supporting assets to their community. Problem children that were suspended or expelled from school were required to attend this training to keep them off of the streets until they returned to school. The center teaches computer applications and hardware such as MCSE, A+, and MS Office applications.
Slow Learner Training Program
Housed in a separate facility, this program helped children with learning disabilities. These children have special needs and require a curriculum modified to suite these needs. They were taught computer basics as well as other basic classes needed to bring them up to speed so they could join the other children in the more advanced training courses.
Teen Mother Housing
This house held a number of unwed teen mothers that were shunned by their families. Some of these girls were literally thrown out on the street by their families. One of these girls is 11 years old and had no other place to go. Having a roof over their head and a bed to sleep in is considered a luxury to many of these people.
This house is set aside for HIV victims. In many cases once diagnosed with HIV these people are no longer welcome at home with their families or at work on their jobs. They are treated as if this disease can be spread just by setting in the same room. St Johns #5 Church provides these people living quarters where they don't have to worry about being thrown out or mistreated because of their illness.
Here Comes Katrina
In the blink of Katrina's eye these facilities were destroyed or otherwise rendered unusable. All were damaged by flooding and some had the roofs damaged so water came from above and below. The children, mothers, and HIV victims now have no place to go. Some have been moved from shelter to shelter because they are not welcome due to their illness or special needs.
Look At All This Water!
Following the flooding many people were stranded with no way to get help. Many of these were elderly or physically unable to get out on their own. Communications was nonexistent. Many were without food, water, and the medicine needed to keep them alive. Some of these perished but others survived. Screams from stranded victims could be heard in the night with no sign of help. Even in the contaminated flood waters St Johns #5 Baptist Church did not abandon these folks. Pastor Bruce Davenport and other members of the church waded through the contaminated flood water hand carrying food, water, and medicine to those stranded by the flooding.
Now We Can Use Some Help
Hazardous mold has taken over these facilities. The housing in it's current state is unsuitable for human living. All the furniture, bedding, and kitchen appliances have been destroyed. The majority of the computers were destroyed as well as the other training materials, printers, software, etc. Some of the monitors were above the water level and should be ok. Our finances all but exhausted but we continue to provide any help we can to the people that have stayed and are returning to the area. Daily deliveries of food, water, and medical supplies continues using what little resources we have left. Thanks to Joe Laura of Superior Wireless a local NOLA wireless ISP and volunteers from CA, MO, and WI http://wispert.org/ we now have communications via wireless internet access and VoIP phones. Common Ground Relief http://www.commongroundrelief.org/ has brought in a few computers and is working to bring more by piecing together parts to build working units. We now also have electrical power at the complex.
Below is a list of things we need to help get us back on track:
1) Mold removal/remediation volunteers.
2) Volunteers for reconstruction.
3) Building materials and supplies for reconstruction.
4) Roofing materials and volunteers.
5) Cleaning supplies.
6) Furniture and bedding.
7) Computers, Printers, training materials, and software.
8) Kitchen appliances and utensils.
9) Nonperishable food items.
10) Obviously, money to continue our work.
Our Contact Info:
Pastor Bruce Davenport
St. John #5 Faith Church
3613 Hamburg Street
New Orleans, LA, 70122
Below are pictures of some of the facilities:
Below are pictures of some of the facilities:
Pastor Bruce Davenport at his damaged church
Mold on the walls in the below pictures indicates the flood water level.
We appreciate any help you can be. Thank you for visiting our website.
God Bless all of you and keep you from harms way!