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Julian Williams | St. Bernard Project

St. Bernard Project

Rebuilding the Homes and Lives of Katrina Survivors

Julian Williams

Before Hurricane Katrina hit, life was pretty steady for the Williams family. As Juline Williams (43) describes it, “we were just living life.”  Julian and her three children, Kevin (25), Jasmine ( 16), and Julian (13) were all settled into the groove of life. Julian working as a teachers aid at a local elementary school and the kids wrapped up in school and activities.

“I was hoping to buy a house,” recalls Juline.

Hurricane season snuck up of the family in 2005 and when Katrina was heading toward New Orleans, Juline didn’t have an evacuation plan.  When her extended family presented a plan to go to Texas, she packed up her kids, a few necessity and left.

They all moved to Texas where they stayed at a shelter.  They stayed in Texas for a total of two years, so when the shelter closed they were relocated to a house.  They moved back to Violet, in St. Bernard Parish, where they have been ever since.  Juline and her kids are currently living with her mother.

“I wanted to be near family.”  The Williams moved back because the extended  family all made the decision to leave Texas and come back to the New Orleans area. Juline has always been close to her family and wanted to stay close to them.

When Juline came back she went to her house to see the devastation, she was beyond shocked.  “The house was full of mold.  It looked upside down, and it had a lot of water damage to it.”

Luckily the house wasn’t completely destroyed and the structure was sound. With the help of volunteers and SBP, the house can be rebuilt.  Finally, five years after they first heard of a storm called Katrina, Juline’s life is getting back on track.

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