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How to Help Louisiana – Local Resources

Lots of HFA members have asked how they can help their fellow HFA members and residents of Louisiana after the recent flood devastation. The storm that started Aug. 12 dumped about two feet of water in some areas within 48 hours. The American Red Cross called it the worst natural disaster since New Jersey’s Hurricane Sandy.
 
While there are many national organizations you can reach out to, we chose to focus on the local groups and charities that are working diligently to help residents. We’d like to thank Verlin Wickel at HFA member Olinde’s Furniture for compiling this list and sharing it with us so we can spread the word.
 
“Many of our members called or emailed and asked how they could help fellow HFA members and the residents of Louisiana,” said HFA CEO Sharron Bradley. “It is important that the industry pull together and help those businesses and residents that are victims of any natural disaster. To make it easier for those who wish to aid the flood victims in LA we are providing some great resources that are literally a mouse-click away.”
 

Below is a list of resources; most of which accept online donations:

  • Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge
  • This group provides home repair services, particularly for the elderly or disabled low-income homeowners.

    Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge
    P.O. Box 1109
    Baton Rouge, LA 70892
    Phone: 225-231-8521
    Email: director@rebuildingtogetherbatonrouge.org
     

  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • This group provides disaster relief and lots of other services, housing, soup kitchen, pharmacy, thrift shops, uniforms for kids.

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council Office
    P.O. Box 127
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0127
    Phone: (225) 383-7837
    Fax: (225) 383-6623
    Chief Executive Officer: Michael J. Acaldo macaldo@svdpbr.com
     

  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • Their facility flooded so they’re working out of a smaller temporary building. If donating truck loads, it’s advisable to call first.

    Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at Fraenkel Center
    10600 South Choctaw
    Baton Rouge, LA 70815

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 45830
    Baton Rouge, LA 70895
    Phone: (225) 359-9940
    Fax: (225) 355-1445

     

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • This group rebuilds homes; it accepts used building items and furniture. If donating a large quantity or truck load of furniture, etc., call 225-927-6651, ext. 217 (Lynn Clark) for special arrangements.

    Habitat for Humanity
    of Greater Baton Rouge
    6554 Florida Blvd., Ste. 200
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Phone: 1 (225) 927-6651
    Email: info@habitatbrla.org
     

  • Salvation Army of Baton Rouge
  • This group offers myriad services, among them “shelter, food, clothing, spiritual counseling, and outreach to many who were displaced in the center city known as “the red stick”.”

    The Salvation Army
    Baton Rouge, LA Corps
    7361 Airline Highway
    Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    phone: 225-355-4483
    fax: 225-355-7393
     

  • Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
  • This group “supports abused and neglected children, youth at risk, the elderly, families, people with chronic mental illness or developmental disabilities, the homeless and many more” with a host of services.

    Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
    3949 North Boulevard
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    (225) 387-0061
     

  • Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System
  • Many of the local schools flooded and this organization is taking donations specifically to help the schools. Think of all the teachers (many of whom spend their own money) who’d just finished getting their classrooms ready for back to school (or were working on them when the flood happened).
     
    Faith-based groups—Most denominations have a disaster relief program that goes to different areas of the country when a disaster strikes. They provide manpower, supplies, food, clothing, etc. Many of the local churches were accepting items and dispatching volunteers for the first two weeks and they’ve now scaled back their acceptance of donations, but most are still providing help through the Disaster Relief programs below.

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
  • Southern Baptist Louisiana Disaster Relief
  • Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disaster Response
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Healing Place Church

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