Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Finding Career Paths

By: Deborah
By: Deborah

Pike County’s Economic Development Corporation is offering career opportunities to those who've been displaced, and are now calling Alabama home.

Shelton miller and his fiancé are from Gulfport, Mississippi. They moved into these FEMA purchased trailers on the property of Swindall's RV Park. But now, these new Alabamians are looking for work.

"If I can find a way to support my family, and get my kids in a good school, I'll stay, buy if not I'll go elsewhere,” says Miller.

The job fair had 25 agencies from the medical field, to construction come out to interview Hurricane Katrina evacuees looking to settle down. Some of these companies are new.

Marsha Gaylord of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation says, "When companies expand or new companies come in to create new jobs it s created a site in our available workforce.”

Which is a big investment for Pike County and an even larger long-term investment for the state. Mayor Jimmy Lunsford says, "It's good because we have a need for employees its hard to put a dollar figure on how much something like this, but it'll certainly bring shopping."

While staying on the property, evacuees are given food, shelter, and clothes.

Many of them say that once they get on their feet, they'll move out of the FEMA donated trailers.


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