Storm recovery VISTA shares her experiences
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 23, 2013 | 1714 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A month in Walker County wasn’t enough for Karen Neupauer.

Neupauer, who spoke to the Rotary Club of Jasper this week, is a native of Lancaster, Pa., who is currently assisting with long-term recovery efforts as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

Neupauer had a successful career in the construction industry before a slowdown in the economy inspired her to dedicate more time to disaster relief.

“I decided that I wanted to learn more of what needs are out there and how to best help,” she said.

Neupauer came to Birmingham last spring with Mennonite Disaster Service, a faith-based volunteer network based in Pennsylvania.

She became part of a team that converted the old VFW in Cordova into a police department and office space for the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee.

Neupauer is now four months into a year of VISTA service at the Walker Area Community Foundation.

Among her responsiblities is getting financial records in order as LTRC prepares to wrap up its work in May.

“We have two new builds under construction right now and about 12 repairs. Some of them are massive with almost half the house under repair. Others are just a room or two,” Neupauer said.