City of Austin Deserves Congratulations!

RECEIVED Mon., Sept. 12, 2005

Dear Editor,
    The city of Austin deserves our recognition and accolades.
    I toured the convention center on Monday evening alongside other social service providers who are helping the city respond to the needs of more than 4,000 hurricane evacuees living in our midst.
    I was in awe of how well organized everything was. From the Red Cross, to city emergency and medical personnel, to countless volunteers, there are not words to describe the immense appreciation I feel for my city's compassion for others. Phone banks, showers, computer centers with Internet access, food, clothing, medical supplies, and all the basic needs were in place to help others find comfort in a chaotic time.
    As a community we have an enormous undertaking in front of us, but providing the most basic needs is the first step to ensuring safety. I am proud to be a part of this community; your graciousness is unmatched.
Julia Spann
Executive director
SafePlace
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