An NPR story "Storm Survivors Face Hard Choices in New Orleans" reports that only 40 percent of the residents of St. Bernard's Parish have returned home. What's hardest to rebuild are the communities that have vanished says Angele Givens in the NPR piece:
"Let me tell you what I did lose," she says. "My neighbors. My church. My kids' school. My social network. My friends. Today, your friends are all here. Tomorrow, they're in Conneticut and they're never coming back."
The Community Center of St. Bernard created by Forum participant Iray Nabatoff helps those returning home "gather to reconnect" as they rebuild their lives, businesses and neighborhoods. This work of restoring community and spirit after a crisis may be the most essential rebuilding work of all.