When Father Roger Labonte, pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in La Mirada, heard about the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, his first concern was for the families that evacuated with no place to go.
Instead of asking parishioners for monetary donations, he
thought a better way to make a long-term difference would be to help one of the many families displaced by the hurricane who had come to California to start a new life.
The parish formed a Hurricane Katrina Committee
and, through Catholic Charities, found Schewon Kelly, who lived here with her
two oldest daughters, two young grandsons and son-in-law in a one-room shelter.
After a long apartment search, the parish moved Kelly into a fully furnished, three-bedroom townhouse.Now that she's
can finally be reunited with her
two youngest children who stayed with her
sister in Chicago until Kelly found a home.The high school students will be attending St. Paul High School
, tuition-free, for a year.
At St. Paul of the Cross Church
, after helping Schewon Kelly, Father Labonte
met Stepane and Soledad Akli and learned that they, too, had no permanent residence.