Catholic Charities Disaster Team asks for help with community recovery work.
Agency ramps up for recovery work but needs help with more rain in the forecast, Catholic Charities of North Louisiana (CCNLA) is responding to the immediate needs in the community and asks for the community’s help to set the groundwork to help flooded-out families rebuild their lives.
“Right now, we’re assessing needs and working with our partners in Shreveport and Bossier City to get immediate assistance to those affected,” said Jean Dresley, CCNLA Executive Director. “But when the water fully recedes, the hard work really starts, and it’s going to take the whole community the get these families back in their homes.”
“We feel blessed from all of the offers of help we’ve received so far. We could not do the work we do without those financial donations, gift cards, volunteers, and the care and concern of the good people of Shreveport and Bossier City”, said Executive Director, Jean Dresley. “Financial donations and gift cards are our first preference to address the specific needs of those who have suffered so much loss, now and for the long-haul,” Said Dresley.
“While clicking a “donate now” button doesn’t give a sense of action, the funds support the agency’s operations on the ground and allow is to buy locally, infusing money into the local economy,” added Dresley. Looking ahead, Dresley says that in any disaster, the public is eager to help when news of the disaster fills the headlines, but cautioned that the rebuild/repair period could last as long as two years.
“We also will be needing volunteers, but currently the needs are unclear,” said Dresley. “So we’re asking people interested in volunteering to sign up and be ready when a need arises.”
To make a donation Donate Now designating your gift to “2015 Disaster Relief Fund.” People can also find information about how to sign up as a volunteer on the same site. For more info, call CCNL at 318.865.0200 ext. 101.