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Katrina evacuees offered counseling

Published September 27, 2006

People who moved to Pinellas County after fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina will have a chance to get together to talk about their experiences during counseling sessions offered by Project HOPE.

The first session is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Catholic Charities, 1213 16th St. N, St. Petersburg.

"Basically, it gives them a chance to be together to talk about their feelings ... to know other survivors in the area," said Teresa Webb of Project HOPE.

The sessions, she said, are designed to help the victims feel less alone. Webb expects to hold the sessions as least twice a month unless the survivors ask for them to be held more, or less, often.

Project HOPE, which stands for Helping Our People in Emergencies, was formed in 2004 after Hurricane Charley devastated parts of southwest Florida.

Now Project HOPE helps the approximately 2,000 Katrina evacuees living in Pinellas County. The group estimates about 8,000 evacuees live in the bay area.

For information, call Webb at 564-7888.

[Last modified September 27, 2006, 00:54:08]

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