Catholic Charities Offers Advice on How to Sponsor Ukraine Friends and Family

Baton Rouge, La — Residents of Louisiana who are eager to help Ukrainian refugees now have a way to sponsor them directly on their own, according to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR), which has decades of experience welcoming refugees.

Under a program announced recently by President Joe Biden, Uniting for Ukraine offers a streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens opportunities to come to the United States. Through this process, U.S. residents can sponsor Ukrainians without the need for official resettlement agencies such as CCDBR. (more…)

Baton Rouge sees influx of Hispanic population, leaders push to help bridge communities

BATON ROUGE, La. (BPROUD) — The United States Census Bureau shows in the past decade East Baton Rouge Parish had the second-largest Hispanic population growth in the state.

“The Hispanic community makes up 25 percent of our total services but at times it has been as high as 50 percent,” said David Aguillard, executive director of Baton Rouge Catholic Charities Diocese. Read more (more…)

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What’s next? A flood overwhelms a woman’s home in Bayou Pigeon

 

The stench of wet wood and mold, cooked under the Louisiana sun, smothers you as you walk into Janet Derrick’s house. The floors remain wet a few days after a dam broke in Iberville Parish. The flooring gives way under each step. After delivering a meal, we asked Janet: “What else do you need?”

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Meet Mr. Louis Gibson, Joseph Homes Graduate!

Joseph Homes is the first step to rebuilding the lives of homeless men recently released from prison.  Joseph Homes provides short-term housing in a private, clean, efficiency apartment, food, clothing, and referrals for healthcare, mental health counseling, as well as support group meeting for ex-offenders. (more…)