Texas P.R.I.D.E. Crisis Counseling Program Survivor Success Stories Lou’s Story

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Success Stories

Submitted by Tina Rich, Spindletop Crisis Counselor

Imagine walking into your home to see inches of mud covering everything you own. For Lou Enard, and many other Hurricane Ike survivors this is a reality. Enard, a retired teacher from Orange, TX, evacuated to Shreveport, LA during the hurricane. When she returned, her home had been flooded by more than four feet of water. Everything Enard owned was ruined. She was feeling depressed and stressed out. After several trips to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, an outreach worker with the crisis counseling program offered to help. Enard told crisis counselors that she has always been the one to lend a helping hand; but now that she is the one who needs help, she feels lost. Counselors helped Enard realize that it is alright to be on the receiving end. Enard is currently living in a FEMA trailer, and is thankful for what the crisis counseling program has taught her. “I thought I’d never smile again,” Enard said. “I’ve come a long way.”

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Last updated May 19, 2010