Katrina Home Drive (KHD) was created in
the wake of Hurricane Katrina to meet the needs of those whose lives were devastated along the Gulf Coast.
Kirby Sommers, Founder and President of this hurricane relief effort states: “We weren’t sophisticated in the
realm of how a nonprofit is supposed to operate, or how to raise funds, all we knew was that people needed help and something
needed to be done.” This sort of seat-of-the-pants management and volunteerism became the norm as we took the plunge
and began to help on August 31, 2005.
Katrina survivors unexpectedly found themselves homeless and relocated across America, where from one moment to the
next, the rapid changing landscape of familiarity disappeared. With virtually little training our volunteers rushed to their
aid. Sommers typed up a flyer with
the words: “We can help you,” and her own phone number emblazoned across the page. Thousands were printed
by volunteers across the United States, making their way to the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, Texas and to shelters everywhere where Katrina survivors took refuge.