Claire Fitzgerald, a medical student at Tulane in the MD/MPH program is currently conducting a study for the Harry Tompson Center’s Medical Clinic to try and determine barriers for homeless persons accessing and using primary care providers through Medicaid. It is Claire’s hope to identify some of these barriers and recommend ideas that may help… Read more »
Thank you, Academy of Sacred Heart, for sending 17 volunteers on September 15 to beautify the Rebuild Center as part of your Global Day of Service! Staff, students and parents weeded, pruned palm and bamboo trees and cleaned up very nicely to help keep the Center a beautiful oasis for our guests. Thank you to… Read more »
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It can happen to anyone. Liam Fitzgerald, Center Assistant A couple months ago someone I knew stumbled into the Rebuild Center. I graduated with his brother from Jesuit High School. Coming from a privileged background, this was the last person I thought I would see come to utilize the services we provide to those without… Read more »
Stories of Courage
“I’ve led an interesting life.”
Kenneth “Kenny” Bridgeman has indeed had a very interesting life. He was born on a reservation in Alabama, as a part of the Creek Indian tribe. He had a big family growing up as one of eight siblings. Sadly, he lost a brother and a sister in a car crash when he was young that altered the course of his life.
After the accident, his family became scattered, and Kenny found himself in and out of boys homes or else staying with relatives. At the time, Child Services were not as involved in lives of children, and Kenny found himself drifting a lot from place to place as a youth. At 14, while living with his grandmother, he started working in a mill. He fondly remembers coming home late every night to his grandmother, who would wait up for him and talk with him until the early hours of the morning. His grandmother was also trained as a traditional medicine-woman, and in turn taught him.
Eventually, he was brought to New Orleans in 1960 and was living at the Milne Boy’s Home. He stayed in New Orleans until the draft during the Vietnam War forced him to relocate to Atlanta for basic training. Instead of joining the Army during the draft, Kenny instead volunteered to join the marines, and stayed in the military
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