The Gulf Coast's Everyday Heroes
April 15, 2008 After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' Liberty Bank loaned money to many of its loyal, longtime customers despite their lack of records. The bank lost $1.5 million, but its president's good-faith policy is paying off. Last year, the bank posted its most profitable year. Alden McDonald is invested in bringing people back to his bank and his city.
April 2, 2008 After Hurricane Katrina, residents of New Orleans' devastated Lower Ninth Ward scattered. Patricia Jones is slowing trying to lure them back. Her community group spreads the word about who's returning — and keeps up the neighborhood so they'll want to come home.
March 19, 2008 Even though James Meza doesn't wear the uniform of a first responder, he is doing rescue work. Meza is helping the children of New Orleans by running six charter schools in the city, hopeful that they'll become the seeds of Katrina recovery efforts in the surrounding neighborhoods.
March 11, 2008 Rebuilding New Orleans takes a lot of sweat, elbow grease and, in some cases, good software. Hal Roark, who works for a group that's improving the Broadmoor neighborhood, uses a database to match houses in need of repair with volunteers who can fix them.
February 26, 2008 Imagine putting $1 million into a small business in downtown post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. A young doctor did just that. Ajsa Nikolic, a family physician and wound care specialist, started an urgent care clinic last year in a city she almost left.