Simpson University team to help with Katrina rebuilding

Immediate Release

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University will send 40 students and adults to Louisiana during spring break (Feb. 18-25) to help with ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief and rebuilding efforts.

The team, led by three students, will help teach computer skills, establish two churches, counsel children and adults, prepare meals and do clean-up and rebuilding. The team will spend two days in Baton Rouge, two days in New Orleans and two days in Waveland, with the exception of the computer group, which will remain in Baton Rouge to teach classes.

The team will also distribute suitcases gathered by Simpson in an ongoing community drive called "A Case for Hope." Each suitcase will contain medical supplies, baby items, toiletries or children's items.

The Simpson team will include a student reporter and photographer who will send stories and photos back to Redding throughout the week, chronicling the experiences of the team and people they meet. Blogs will be posted on Simpson's Web site at

The idea to travel to Louisiana came from Simpson students who wanted to offer more hands-on help. The university collected money in the fall to send to the devastated area and offered dormitory space for college students displaced by the hurricane.

Simpson University, located at 2211 College View Drive in Redding, is a Christian liberal arts university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit

MEDIA: Attached or following is a fact sheet with more details about the trip. There is an opportunity for a story on this team before they leave, as well as after their return. A team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, on Simpson's campus that you are welcome to attend. Please contact staff sponsor Patty Taylor at 226-4140 for more details.


Contact: SU Public Relations
(530) 226-4737