I have an update on the situation of Mary and Morris Martin, the displaced Lower Ninth Ward family I have been following since meeting them in 2007.
After our latest interview with them aired last week, I got an email from NPR’s President and CEO Vivian Schiller. She was passing on a request from her counterpart at NPR member station, WNYC in New York, Laura Walker.
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the Martin family's home remains abandoned.
It seems that the Outreach Committee of Grace Church in New York has been doing an annual week of community service for the past five years with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, and helps to rebuild homes in the Lower Ninth Ward. A representative from the group heard our interview, and wrote in to say that they may be able to help the Martin’s reach their goal of moving back to their beloved New Orleans.
I put the two parties in touch and they have already spoken. Mrs. Martin made it clear she and her family would be delighted to move back if they had the chance, and the organization is now trying to work out what it can do to assist the family!
We are pleased to have been able to make the connection, and we’ll keep you posted on what happens next.