“I believe in miracles… and everything that has happened to me since I came to St. Louis is like a miracle to me.”
Roland Bob Harris will never forget Katrina. He’s not your typical homeless story, just like Katrina was not your typical hurricane. Roland Bob was born in St. Louis to an alcoholic mother, but his acting talents led to a movie and commercial career in California. When Roland Bob retired, he moved to New Orleans, where he lived for 10 years before Katrina came ashore. “It was the most horrible feeling… all of those people had no place to go, and I still don’t know what happened to some of my friends.”
Roland Bob was among the flowing traffic that left New Orleans the day before the disaster. After arriving in St. Louis, he came to St. Patrick Center, where our Disaster Recovery Team (DRT) helped him get settled, including providing gas money to return to New Orleans once he was allowed back to retrieve his belongings.
Roland Bob would like to return to New Orleans permanently, but for now he is enjoying senior apartment living in St. Louis. And he is still performing – you may hear Roland Bob singing outside the Muny before a Summer 2007 performance!