The weather caused by Hurricane Ida has subsided and now we’re left with rebuilding homes and lives. What’s next? Catholic Charities is here to help. Whether you’ve been directly affected by the hurricane or you’re looking for a way to help out your brothers and sisters, we’re here.
September 29 Update
How We’ve Helped:
- Church Parish Assistance:
- Reached out to numerous church parishes throughout the Diocese and provided much-needed supplies.
- St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chauvin: shovels, rakes, water, generators, diapers, MREs, and tarps.
- Community Outreach:
- Convent Housing Complex: Diapers, food, and diapers.
- DCMs conducted door-to-door outreach to 87 mobile homes that were damaged in Hammond.
- Reached out to Disaster Recovery Centers throughout Diocese.
How We’re Currently Helping:
- Case Management:
- Case managers working 370 open cases. Assisting people with applying for FEMA, FEMA-approved hotels, rental assistance, DSNAP, and housing.
- Identified 28 households impacted by both Hurricane Ida and 2016 floods.
- Continuing to field calls from people in need.
- Implementing a virtual case management program with the CCUSA network from across the nation.
- Distributed flyers with hotline number and assessing needs in immigrant communities.
How We’re Planning to Help:
- Monitoring GOHSEP, MOHSEP, Louisiana VOAD, and Capital Area VOAD daily calls.
- In contact with every church parish in Diocese, assessing needs and distributing items in the hardest hit areas.
- Planning a distribution event with LORI in October.
How You Can Help:
- Ida caused heavy damage in the Northeast US. As we’ve seen in the past when two areas are heavily hit, this causes competing disasters. It is now more important than ever for neighbor to care for neighbor locally.
- Volunteers who can drive a 26-ft box truck with lift gate.
- Volunteers who can lift, push, and pull more than 50 lbs.