KNOXVILLE – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Meetup organizers and members stepped up to the challenge in readiness for evacuees from the disaster in Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
HRC organizer, Todd Cramer, and Red Cross point person, Hal Lee, lead the charge to get GLBT community members organized and ready to serve as a visible presence in the effort to assist evacuees coming to the Knoxville and East Tennessee effort.
Another response to the needs of the evacuees is the establishment of the Knoxville LGBT Housing Exchange (KLKHE.) Recognizing the need for safe, accepting housing, KLKHE appealed to the GLBT community for housing offers for Katrina evacuees, their families, and pets. The outpouring was inspiring. More than 30 households generously offered to house strangers in need along with their children and pets. Even horses are welcome in the progressive community as one applicant offered space for four horses on her land.
Whosoever Ministries has also been at work collecting clothing and food as part of our community’s response to the call for assistance. Pastor Pam Wright also offeres pastoral counsling for victims in need. Contact Pastor Pam by phone at 865-740-7795 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.