Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) September 8, 2005
A Canadian company is to help find temporary housing for thousands of Louisiana families whose lives have been devastated by the fury of Hurricane Katrina.
client based in Ottawa specializing in web-based software for companies that must manage a large number of cases, was approached late last week by the operation: sharing your home, a newly created charitable organization based in Baton Rouge. The group of volunteers? S mission is to help those seeking temporary housing by putting them in contact with individuals who are willing to open their homes for a few days, a week or more.
Operation: Share your home first relied on a telephone number at no cost to collect the names of people who were willing to help displaced families and those who needed shelter. But the volume of calls soon became too large to manage. At that time, a leader of the group contacted expressions client.
“We had a call from them late in the day Friday, September 2, just before the long weekend. Assembly of our team, we went to work immediately and before 9 o’clock the next morning we had a customized version of our i-Sight case management software running for them to record offers of housing and people seeking housing, “said Joe Gerard, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Customer Expressions. “Since coming to live, we have been recording a new bid or a request every five seconds on average. There were over 7,000 cases recorded in the first two days. “
The registration forms
are in http://www.shareyourhome.org. People who are willing to share a house or mobile home are asked to fill unused their contact information, age of people currently living in the house, the number of beds available and other considerations such as whether smoking, alcohol or pets are allowed. The organization is also collecting offers of transportation and financial assistance.
Baton Rouge managed to avoid major storm damage, the city is now grappling with an influx of at least 100,000 refugees and relief workers. Realtors say that almost every house on the market before Katrina hit the state has now been sold. Approximately 7000 residents of New Orleans currently living in shelters in the Baton Rouge area, and thousands more are staying with friends and relatives.
far most people who submit offers of help through http://www.shareyourhome.org were residents of Louisiana and neighboring states. But the offers are coming from as far away as Illinois. “The response has been phenomenal,” said Gerard. “From our standpoint, we just feel honored to be able to help when there are so many people in desperate need.”
Founded in 2000, terms to customers creates customizable case management systems for companies and organizations with 20 to 40,000 employees. Its customers include HJ Heinz Company, Caterpillar Inc., the State of West Virginia and the company that operates Toronto? Express S Highway 407 toll road.
For more information, please contact:
Joe Gerard, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
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