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In times of crisis, 232-HELP/LA211 is here to serve. Since March 13th, 2020, we have made the following changes to our services largely in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic: 1) Almost tripled the size of our workforce; 2) Provided COVID-19 virus information to the public (i.e. symptoms, testing, treatment, quarantine, etc.); 3) Provided social service information and referrals to the public (i.e. rent and utility assistance, homelessness diversion, etc.); 4) Collaborated with Department of Child and Family Services to create a text option for SNAP (food stamp) enrollment; 5) Taken over 35% of all statewide 211 calls, including 33% of total calls from our sister agency's catchment area of New Orleans, VIA-LINK. 232-HELP has assisted over 24,000 individuals in the last 53 days averaging over 500 incoming calls per day. We continue to monitor and report unmet needs, most notably for food and housing instability. These trends are shared in real time with our community service partners, ensuring that no one falls through the cracks. In order to continue this level of service, we need your help!
Acadiana Disaster Response Fund
Due to the global health crisis, Community Foundation of Acadiana has activated its Acadiana Disaster Response Fund. This fund will deploy resources to community-based organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Acadiana Region. Donations will be used to provide support for organizations including nonprofit regional health organizations, government entities, nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools that work with people and communities that are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. As always, CFA provides disaster response services at no charge thanks to our generous Members.
American Red Cross of Louisiana - Capital West Chapter
Our mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. ₵0.90 of every $1.00 spent by the American Red Cross is spent on essential programs and services. Disasters can occur anywhere, at any time, and can affect anyone. The generous donation of time, talent and treasure allows the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and support communities recovering from disasters large and small. Last fiscal year, your Capital West Louisiana Chapter responded to 511 disasters, helping over 700 families. We also provided almost 140K in direct assistance to disaster victims in Acadiana who qualified for such support. It is essential that our Capital West Chapter continues to respond to home fires, flooding, tornadoes and storms. Even before the risk of COVID-19 impacted daily life in Louisiana, our most vulnerable populations carried both the highest disaster risk and the lowest capacity to weather financial and emotional hardship. Now the need for our services is greater than ever. With your support, we will continue to deliver life-saving, essential services as well as comfort and care for South Louisianans in need.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana's mission is to "Enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." Even in the midst of this pandemic, our mission has not changed and we continue to serve those who need us most! Here a few things that we've done for not just our Club members but all kids in the community: *Contacted 824 Club members to check -in and find out how we can help *Provided resources from food, mental health, jobs, etc... to make sure they have what they need *Created a Virtual Learning Platform with Activities for All Kids *Set up 5 meal sites in Lafayette & St. Landry Parishes to provide a weeks worth of food for all kids (in partnership with Three O'Clock Project) *Ready and willing to help in other parishes with meal sites when needed *Distributed 20 Chromebooks
Catholic Charities of Acadiana - St. Michael Center for Veterans
A service of Catholic Charities of Acadiana, St. Michael Center for Veterans is an emergency and transitional housing program for up to 20 homeless male veterans with supportive services, access to mainstream services, education, employment and housing placement, operating in conjunction with the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Lafayette General Foundation
Lafayette General Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Lafayette General Health. Our mission is to secure and manage philanthropic resources to support the mission of Lafayette General Health - To Restore, Maintain and Improve Health.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank is currently responding to the overwhelming need for food caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects of social distancing, school closures, and business shutdowns will have far-reaching repercussions that will extend beyond the length of the viral pandemic. The COVID-19 emergency has also been made worse in Acadiana by the downturn in oil prices which will have long-term impacts on the economy.
St. Teresa Center for the Works of Mercy
St. Teresa Center for the Works of Mercy (STC) is dedicated to performing and fostering the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the spirit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The Center for the Works of Mercy distributed over 80 tons of groceries to over 450 needy families in 2019 and provided over 14000 hot meals. STC labors so that no one may go to bed hungry as a result of poverty. We are inspired and driven by the words of Jesus in the Gospel: "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Mt. 25:35-36. St. Teresa Center for the Works of Mercy operates a food pantry, a soup kitchen, hosts an AA open meeting, a women's Bible study, a lending library for the poor, and a center for at risk youth. STC opened in 2019 Oratory Don Bosco, a youth center for the poor where summer camps, after school tutoring, and vocational training occurs in a recreational and religious environment. 65 youth participated in its July camp and about 15 students receive after school tutoring at the center during the school year. St. Teresa Center is hoping to obtain shop equipment in order to begin vocational training for older at risk youth. STC is also in the process of renovating Guadalupe House, a sober living house for men. The inside is complete with remaining work outside. The house became operational on March 19 and now has five residents.
Westminster Christian Academy
The phone rang in admissions this morning. It was a single mom telling us she lost her job due to COVID19 layoffs. With a combination of fear and faith she expressed that she could finish paying for this school year, but may not be able to meet her obligations for enrollment in the fall. This wasn't the first phone call of this nature, and we know it will not be the last. The mission of Westminster Christian Academy is to assist parents in educating their children by imparting God's truth to transform society in present and future generations. During these unprecedented times we want to ensure that MORE students are equipped for lives of significance through a vigorous education built on a biblical foundation paired with transformative opportunities like athletics and other extra-curricular activities. During our SOLA Giving Day Event we are calling on donors to support Christian Education through donating to our Tuition Assistance Fund supporting current and prospective families in need of assistance to bridge the financial gap in order to allow their children to attend WCA. Our plans for WCA's future continue. If you would like to donate to our Capital Giving opportunities, visit www.wcala.org/gym/ to give toward the Lafayette gym or www.wcala.org/chapel/ to donate to the Opelousas chapel. BE SURE TO CREDIT YOUR FAVORITE WESTMINSTER STUDENT BY ENTERING THEIR NAME IN THE "This donation is made on behalf of" BOX.