here's some concrete ways we can help my barista acquaintance, post Katrina:
+ pray for her. let's call her "k.c." for now. pray that her manager would let her off this weekend when her furniture arrives (currently the manager scheduled her, after understanding the situation, and after k.c. went through proper channels to try and get off). pray for needs met, and encouragement.
+ i'm taking up a collection for her. just send a buck or two my way at paypal.com (use my normal email address), and it'll get to her. let me know in the email it's for "k.c./katrina"
+ i told her one of us could let the furniture guys in, if she was stuck at work with no roommates at home; she was not comfortable with this idea, so i didn't pursue. if she changes her mind, i'll let y'all know and we can mini-mobilize :) -- she is employed, and has the basics.
+ oh, and her sister showed up in beaumont.