HEART 9/11 deployed fifty volunteers on first mission to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. From Sunday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 8th, HEART (Healing Emergency Aid Response Team) 9/11, a non-profit volunteer response team, and its lead sponsor, Bear Stearns, sent fifty volunteers to St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana on their first mission to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The HEART 9/11 volunteers are comprised of veteran police officers, fire fighters and construction workers, all of whom worked on the rescue and recovery at Ground Zero following the September 11th attacks. Now, they are utilizing their expertise to aid in the relief and recovery of other natural and manmade disasters around the world. These volunteers were joined by family members of victims of 9/11, victims of the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 and Bear Stearns employees. HEART 9/11 volunteers completed:
• Five completed homes and had five families back in their homes for the Christmas holidays
• Seven additional homes serviced
• Drew 400 congregants of all faiths to celebrate our message of Hope
• Trained HEART 9/11 Stress Counselors assisted residents with ongoing emotional issues