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10/07/05 - Nacogdoches

Head Start Helps Little Evacuees

by Donna McCollum

There's always a full playground at Nacogdoches Head Start, but always room for more when hurricanes arrive. Head Start's social worker specialist Dorinda Warren said, "We were given permission to enroll above and beyond what we're funded for, so we at one time had 19 evacuees."

And three year old Rosa, a Hurricane Rita evacuee from Beaumont makes 20. Her mother, Laura Gutierrez said, "She just keeps saying she wants to go home and she wants her toys. Things like that. We all miss our homes , of course. We just try to adapt as much as possible."

While Rosa plays, Laura can concentrate on all that comes with being the provider of a displaced family. "It gives me that sense of security that she's being well taken care of and I can go out in the community and take care of my business."

Laura is indebted to SFA social worker interns Lauren Bradberry and Latasha Bell. They assisted Head Start in obtaining a house and furnishings for Laura. Then there were all the others who helped out too. Gutierrez wanted to thank them all. "Cordova Construction, Pastor Marvin Reyes and the brothers and sisters of Tabernacle Life, Goodwill, American Red Cross. Everyone. Thank you.we love you so much. Thank you."

Nacogdoches Head Start is asking evacuees with pre school age children to enroll now. Children from twelve months to three years old can receive instruction.

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