by Gary Roedemeir
(WHAS11) Three years after hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast, some of the families who evacuated the area are still in Louisville.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters have been active in mentoring children who were displaced by the storm.
This week's match is a teenager from Mississippi and the engineer at GE, who has been her big sister for more than a year.
Elizabeth Denkler was about to become a teenager, when a hurricane changed her life forever. But in a new place, far from home, a Big Sister has been there to help her grow up.
A hurricane sent Elizabeth's life spinning in new directions; when the storm was over, her house had been destroyed and her family took refuge in Louisville; and it was not easy.
"Moving was kind of rough for me, cause I left all my friends behind. I made some new friends up here, but I just miss my old friends. I kinda miss em," said Elizabeth.
Looking for a new start for her child, Elizabeth's mother signed her up for a Big Sister, and she found Megan.
Elizabeth said, "A kind, loving big sister. She's interesting to be around. She has taught me to try new things and she's like a close friend to me; a really, really close friend." And that has lead to other new friends and lots of new experiences.
Megan, who is an engineer at GE, says it gives her a chance to get out and relax with her little. "She's really fun to be around. She's interested in a lot of the same things I am, like arts and we're both into Japanese animation and being outside; she's someone who's really fun to spend time with."
Springtime is the time to be outside. And this Little Sister has a new spring in her step because she has a new outlook thanks to her mentor.
Elizabeth said about Megan, "She's shown me that whether you love your friends or not, you can still make more; just, well, kind of be happy, perk-up."
And perk-up she did. The storms of life have passed her by. And now the spring sunshine is part of a new beginning.
If you'd like to volunteer as a big brother or big sister, you can become a mentor by calling 1-877-588-2300.