We came to know of the incredible and selfless Denise Thornton after Hurricane Katrina. We live in Lakewood South where all of the houses flooded , including Ms. Thornton's. While the entire neighborhood was in shock and unsure how to proceed, it was Denise that led the charge. It was amazing to watch her work to help all of her neighbors come back when she was in the same dire straits as we were. While most of us were crying, frozen and unable to proceed, Denise immediately began to help us to organize and get thru the maze involved in attempting to reestablish our homes and neighborhood that Hurricane Katrina had wiped out.
While the people of the neighborhood were scattered and forced into other living situations, Denise slept in her flooded and ruined home. While others were only content to sleep to shut out the reality of Katrina, Denise stayed awake and gathered the information on what we needed to do and how we needed to do it. She opened her home to ALL, to share what she had learned thru her sleepless nights and diligent research . Denise not only gathered info, but reached out to those more fortunate and unaffected, asking for items that all could use to begin the process of gutting houses and cleaning up their properties.
Denise was tenacious in communicating with people to initiate the process of returning home . Her work efforts in this recovery process were amazing and inspiring, and caused a great deal of positive momentum in accelerating the return of families to their homes.
To do this for years as a volunteer, pouring her heart and soul into rebuilding our community, was one of the most selfless and charitable efforts we've ever seen.
She has continued on with these efforts and established the beacon of hope in so many other neighborhoods that have also known the wrath of catastrophe.
We are very proud of and thankful to our neighbor, Denise Thornton and the organization that she found, The Beacon of Hope.