Local Woman Longs To Help Family In Haiti

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MILWAUKEE - Jeanne Jean-Philippe's living room is covered with snapshots of her family.  Brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews are all smiling in warm, impoverished Haiti.  She sorts through the photos longingly.  Now, that poverty pales in comparison to a landscape flattened by an earthquake.
 
"I just wish I could give them a place to sleep," she says as she looks at the photos.  "I just wish I could be there for them."
 
Jeanne knows her family homestead near Port Au Prince collapsed in the earthquake, crushing her 3-year-old nephew and his grandmother.  She longs to comfort her sister.
 
"The worst thing that could happen to me is to lose one of my kids," she says with a tearful shake of the head.  "Knowing that my sister is going through this and not being able to help her and talk to her and share her pain…"
 

Raw Video:
AP Video of the quake as it's happening

One person from Southeastern Wisconsin is reported missing in Haiti:
Peter Van Horn, a Town of Delafield Supervisor

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La Crosse Man Feared Dead in Haiti
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Local Woman Longs To Help Family in Haiti
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UW Group in Haiti Unhurt
Local Groups Reeling
Milwaukee's Eyes on Haiti
MSNBC Coverage

Audio: 
Mike Elliott letting "Wisconsin's Morning News" know Melissa Elliott was found
Dr. Ron and Ronnie Pruhs, who have done service work in Haiti for years, on 620WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning News

Blog: 
Shelley Walcott's "Don't Tell The Boss": My Hope for Haiti
The Cold-Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller: How To Help

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Sampling of Haiti-Serving Charities with Milwaukee Connections:
American Red Cross of Southeastern Wisconsin
Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee World Mission Ministries
Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project
Friends for Health in Haiti 
Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, twinning with St. Jude's Church in Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milwaukee, twinning with Norwich Mission House in Haiti
Our Little Brothers and Sisters
Salvation Army of Southeastern Wisconsin
St. Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend's Haiti Outreach
St. Mary's of Hales Corners
Three Angels Children's Relief

Other Efforts: 
Text HAITI to 90999 and $10 will be donated automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill
MSNBC's List of Charitable Organizations

That agony is compounded by the knowledge that her older sister, a nun, is missing.
 
"I was blessed just to have her around me," she says of her sister.  "Now, it's not like her not to call, because she's my connection.  Every time I need some news from Haiti, that's who I go to."
 
She knows where the rest of the family is.  They are all living on the street.
 
"I have a big house where I can help them," she says, beginning to sob.  "I have food.  I have everything except them, I don't have."