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The New Waveland Cafe Katrina Relief Kitchen is transforming and moving!

The Rainbow started Relief Kitchen in Waveland MS is shutting down and reforming in Saint Bernard's Parrish. We are still in need of volunteers...Please Help.
The New Waveland Café in Waveland MS, initiated by a group of Rainbows, was the first recognized relief kitchen in Hancock county after Hurricane Katrina. The Kitchen has become a community center for locals and volunteers in Waveland and the surrounding areas. People are drawn to this kitchen because the food is healthy, much of it is organic, and it is always cooked with style. The kitchen is run completely by volunteers who focus on empowering this community to continue helping one another even after the kitchen is gone. Anyone who expresses interest is welcome to facilitate a meal. When people stroll up in the pre-coffee dawn of 5:30 a.m. looking groggy, they are pointed in the direction of the coffee pot and invited to get the ball rolling. Local children have meandered by asking questions about the kitchen. Now we have 9 and 10 year-olds chopping vegetables for dinner, and spooning out soup in the serving line. Most nights during the week different local bands come to play on the stage at dinner time. Often, when dinner is finished, tables are pushed back and a spontaneous community dance party ensues. Afterwards, locals and volunteers work together to clean the dining room.

The New Waveland Café is closing down on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is re-opening at a new location in St. Bernard's Parrish, just outside of New Orleans. The folks who are continuing on with this mission are in need of a larger volunteer force and many resources in order to carry out this project. Many of the people moving to St. Bernard's Parrish have been working for 1 to 2 months, seven days a week, with very few breaks. This move is going to take a lot of work, and some brand-spanking new creative vibrance will be enthusiastically welcome.

Please keep in mind that no amount of carrying signs, marching, meditation, prayer, signing petitions, or voting will ever carry as much power as helping one person gut out her ruined house, or feeding a single mother at the end of another stressful day of red-taping it to a Fema trailor. This is a chance to extract yourself from our traditionally divided and materialistic American culture, shake off the stagnant mundane, and participate in true community building during a time of suffering and hardship.

If you would like to participate you will find info on volunteering at:

www.emergencycommunities.org or email  volunteer@emergencycommunityies.org
Register Guard article with links 08.Dec.2005 07:02


Article: Rainbow Family volunteers join hurricane relief effort

Rainbow Family volunteers join hurricane relief effort

By Bill Bishop
The Register-Guard
Published: Monday, December 5, 2005

The Rainbow Family - a worldwide, loosely knit group practicing the
hippie values of peace and love - has moved from the backwoods to the
front lines among a coalition of private organizations providing
hurricane relief in the Gulf region.

It's a natural mission for the family, whose members annually carry
portable kitchens and clinics in psychedelic buses to their fabled
weeks-long summer gatherings on mountains and national forests, says
Eugene lawyer Brian Michaels.

"It's second nature for us to do it together. It's relatively easy for
us to drop into an area and feed people - without any politics, without
any proselytizing, without any exclusions. And it turns out to be fun,"
says Michaels, who returned last week from 10 days as a Rainbow Family
volunteer in Waveland, Miss.

The Rainbow Family, operating as the Rainbow Emergency Management
Assembly, set up its portable kitchen and a medical clinic in
cooperation with an evangelical Christian group from Texas on a parking
lot across the street from Waveland's devastated police department days
after the hurricane.

According to Internet accounts posted by REMA volunteers, the kitchen -
dubbed the New Waveland Cafe - cooked between 3,000 and 5,000 meals a
day at the height of the relief effort. Truckloads of donated food and
goods arrived at the cafe site along with government relief supplies.

"The kitchen crew is so together. It's that attitude of we can do it
we can do it well. They did it with grace, dignity, softness and no
attitude," says Michaels, who has attended 20 Rainbow gatherings and
does legal work for the Family.

Responding to phone calls and e-mails, Rainbow volunteers, totaling 30
to 40 at a time, went to Waveland from across the country to work for a
few days or weeks. REMA also operates a similar relief effort in New
Orleans, dubbed the Welcome Home Cafe.

So widespread is the devastation in coastal Mississippi that until
recently the New Waveland Cafe was essential to survival for some and
the local relief effort in general. It served residents who nearly
perished in the disaster alongside workers from the American Red Cross,
Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government groups,
Michaels says.

"The environment of a hurricane is a humbling experience," he says.
"Until you drive for miles and miles and see the same devastation in
these communities - 90 days later - you don't really get it."

With the Waveland area gradually stabilizing, REMA has joined an
umbrella group called Emergency Communities with a plan to relocate its
relief effort to a park in St. Bernard Parish near the devastated Ninth
Ward in New Orleans beginning today, according to Michaels and to
Internet accounts.

REMA marked its last day in Waveland with a Thanksgiving Day feast,
followed by a day of rest and a "Thanks-for-Giving Parade" that
helped organize and promote.

In that role, Michaels attended a Waveland City Council meeting during
which local residents took FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to
task over their relief effort.

For all the public criticism of FEMA, the REMA volunteers found the
agency cooperative and helpful - in the same spirit as the Bastrop
(Texas) Ministerial Alliance that REMA teamed with in Waveland.

"Once they (FEMA) saw us succeed, they were very helpful. Ultimately,
they were allies," Michaels says.

REMA volunteers also saw Waveland's overwhelmingly conservative
give up their instinctive misgivings about the hippie volunteers -
colorful clothing, rampant hugging and bouts of bizarre humor. Michaels
says he often saw local residents drop their looks of disdain at a
of hippies and thank them after learning they were REMA volunteers.

"These are white, right-wing Christians. These are people who are not
used to taking handouts. You can tell," he says.

Their need is still great, he adds.

"Where the New Waveland Cafe is, the people were told it would be safe
because it was 15 feet above sea level. Seventeen people died. The
stores are gutted. The bank is half-collapsed. The police and fire
departments are reduced to tents. The entire coastal community is flat.
No gutted houses ... flattened. Where there are homes, they are empty.
The new business is, literally, house gutting."

The Rainbow Family is increasing its relief work in New Orleans by
joining Emergency Communities. The loosely knit group's efforts and
plans are informally reported on the Internet.
• About Rainbow Emergency Management Assembly, www.remarelief.net/
• About REMA in New Orleans, www.welcomehome.org/REMA//?q=node/27
• About REMA in Waveland, www.welcomehome.org/REMA//?q=node/26
• Photos and blogs about REMA effort,
• About Rainbow Family, welcomehome.org/rainbow/index.html
• To donate to the Welcome Home Cafe or the Barefoot Doctors' Academy:
Barefoot Doctors' Academy; 897 S. Eugene St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806,
www.barefootdoctorsacademy .com
• To donate to REMA, tinyurl.com/cqdky
• To donate to Emergency Communities, www.emergency
— Rainbow Family

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Returning to Hancock county: Camp Second Helpin' 12.Jan.2006 07:07

Momma KaBoom mommakaboom@hotmail.com

Hello everyone... Greetings from Camp Second Helpin' in Hancock county, Mississippi, just outside of Waveland. For those that don't know, after the New Waveland Caf?' closed down and many of the crew moved to St. Bernard's Parish, some of the family was asked to return to Hancock county to help for a longer timeframe, 6 months to a year at least. So a small crew came back to begin a community center, which is what they need the most. The word from locals is that people felt lost when the hippies left, and that it wasn't the food that was the issue, but what we offered them in spirit, faith and hope. We were brought back by a clearinghouse organization called Mississippi's Forgotten, whom signed a 6-month lease (with option to renew) with a local storeowner for a 2-acre lot. We are still in the process of building, with help from Mississippi's Forgotten, Emergency Communities, and Action Hero Network, but mostly from the locals that survived Hurricane Katrina. There are still many things we need before we are a community center, we have yet to get our hands on a good dining tent, table and chairs, and those are just a few... What we need most is more hands and donations; we have just filed for non-profit status as of today and are getting our own address. The people liked 'the hippies' so much they asked for a Second Helpin', so here we are. We will have a communications center, family rec area, a medical clinic, two meals a day, dinner & supper, evening entertainment from live music to movies on a big screen, to Sunday picnics to talent shows, and social dances. These are just a few of the things we a working towards, but we need good strong hands and hearts, these peoples fight has just begun, and now that time has past the reality is sinking in, and we need to show them how to carry on, give them a place to get away from "the destruction of our lives" as quoted from a local gentleman, so that they can face life in those FEMA trailers, which are so much better then tent life, but still not much better then anything but sleeping in. At this point we feed between 70 and 100 people a day, and that's just word of mouth, because with no place to sit people we are still serving in togo mode. We are also hoping to have enough volunteers that work crews can be sent out to help with the rebuilding. At this time though we are a skeleton crew of 10, with our two youths from Colorado leaving in six days. This is just the beginning and the road is long, so I ask that anyone who can find a way to spare a few days, or weeks, or months, hey, even a few hours would be wonderful. The things we need the most are more volunteers, but various donations are need too. Like I mentioned earlier we are still searching for large tents for serving and dining, also tables and chairs. We have also are still trying to find consistent food suppliers, at this time phones have been an issue, when I tried to get one they were asking for a $500 down payment, and since I don't get a pay check, I didn't have it, but we are still trying. We do finally have our first of many computers on line, with the rest to follow by weeks end, And the big projector is suppose to come tomorrow. Again I ask, please come and lend a hand, at this time we are working 15 hour days or longer and are spread pretty thin. We are tired but strong in spirit, knowing that the locals want us back so much that they are building it one ladle at a time, it is truly inspiring. We could never be the New Waveland Caf?', but we don't want to be... It would be like a remake of the Wizard of OZ, it just couldn't be done, Magic like that can only happen once, but it can inspire many new sparks of magic, like the Made With Love Kitchen in St. Bernard's Parish, and us here at Camp Second Helpin', and Common Grounds, and Welcome Home in New Orleans. So let's keep the magic alive, these people need it so much, but so do we. If at all possible we need spices and herbal remedies, canned goods, canned meats, fresh produce, cooking oils, flour, soy and rice milks, MULLIEN, water, ice, tables, chairs, tents of all sizes, blankets, coats, rain gear, tarps, rope, axes, maul, splitter, bookshelves, plastic tubs, tools, books, A RAINBOW FLAG, costumes, fire wood from above the flood line, plywood, a tub, coffee, teas, just to name a few. Our mailing address is 6161 W. Desodo, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi,39520 We would also like to thank the Davis Family Store for making all of this possible, They have been the hero's of many people, without them many would not have survived after the storm. For directions e-mail me or Ron at: mommakaboom@hotmail.com firelight10101@yahoo.com or leave a post on my blog: http://remareinforcements.blogspot.com

Hancock county, Mississippi