Atlanta, GA

George: I been here since Katrina. This is where they evacuated me to after the hurricane. The apartment building collapsed and my parents drowned. I was rescued by the National Guard. Spent four days in the Superdome. 

I had reconstructive surgery done on my foot. My foot ended up getting infected with gangrene. Today I'm still fighting the gangrene. 

It's been an interesting journey. I've met a lot of people and learned a lot of things.

BW: What's Atlanta been like?

George: Atlanta's a great city, man. Every city has it's ups and downs, but for me and my healing process, Atlanta's been a great city. I've been in and out of Grady and Emory hospitals having research done and tests done. 

BW: Are you homeless now?

George: Well... momentarily I'm homeless, but things are getting better now. I've been doing paperwork for my disability, and things are coming around. I'm also going to receive nine years back pay. 

BW: Have you had a place since you've been in Atlanta?

George:  Well, I've really stayed at the hospitals and in and out of the shelters.   

BW: What are your memories of New Orleans? A lot of good memories?

George: Yeah, I have a lot of good memories, but the one thing that's gonna stick with me for a while is the inside of the Superdome. A lot of hurt and a lot of pain there, and I was part of it for a minute. That energy was serious...

BW: I bet it was. Like the hopelessness of prison almost. Even deeper because these were people who had lives a day or two before and lost everything. Do you feel like it was traumatic for you?

George: Yeah, because it's still with me. If it wasn't for God, I'd have probably taken it a different way, but having God, I know that it's just a part of life. 

BW: Are you hopeful about the future?

George: Yeah, the future is gonna be great. I can't wait.

BW: What do you want to do?

George: I want to start a tour guide business specializing in historical tours of Atlanta for the kids. This city has a lot to  offer.