By Brennen Jensen
Hurricane Katrina sent five feet of putrid water spilling into the offices of My House Center for Learning, a
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New Orleans charity that serves troubled youngsters. Faced with the moldy, uninhabitable mess, My House Center turned into a kitchen-table operation, as the charity's staff members began managing what was left of the organization from their homes.
Such impromptu arrangements have been common among the city's waterlogged charities. Help for some of the battered organizations finally arrived this month, when the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations joined with United Nonprofits of New Orleans, a post-Katrina collaboration of area charities, to open 10,000 square feet of office space in an old department store downtown."