Catholic Charities Concerned Families Will Go Without This Christmas With Lack of Sponsors

Catholic Charities in need of sponsors for Christmas program

Baton Rouge, La—With 370 families unsponsored, the staff at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) is concerned.

“Usually by Thanksgiving, all but a few families have been sponsored through our Community Comes Together at Christmas program,” said Catherine Weidert, CCDBR communications coordinator. “But this year is unprecedented.”

Never in the 60-year history of the program has it been this short on sponsoring donors.


From despair to joy: Afghan interpreter escapes to U.S. with help of Louisiana buddy

He waited 15 hours at Kabul International Airport, among thousands of people, hoping to escape Afghanistan with his life.

Jostling for his place among a crowd of strangers, the Afghan, at least, had someone on his side: An ex-U.S. military contractor in Louisiana who stayed on the phone through the night with his tired, desperate friend and former interpreter. Read the rest of the article here

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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?”


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…)