This excellent article profiles Lt. C'ol. Dave Dysart, USMC, director of reconstruction for St. Bernard Parish, and refers to Habitat's involvement in Col. Dysart's plan for the rebuilding effort. Good quotes from our Executive Director -- Jim Pate.
After weeks of meetings and proposals, FEMA last week approved the plan, spokesman James McIntyre said in Baton Rouge. The agency will provide the volunteers a base camp with shelter, food and buses to work sites.
One organizer of the army of volunteers is Jim Pate, New Orleans director of Habitat for Humanity.
In New Orleans, which has churches and tent cities that can house volunteers, “faith-based groups have already gutted more than 200 homes in the last six weeks,” Pate said.
Despite the frustration, the delays and the bureaucracy, Pate estimates that at least 35,000 volunteers will come to St. Bernard Parish over the next few months. An army of strength and will that might bring a community back from despair.
“You know,” he said, “God has a great tool with Colonel Dysart.”