To The Presbytery:
A brief update on Harvey's effects in PSL.
Lake Charles area has had some flooding. At this time there may be some damage at St Andrew and Westminster in Sulphur. The damage is not extensive. As time goes by, there will be further evaluations and cost estimates. I have asked Christina Drake, Disaster Coordinator for PSL to work with the churches in coordinating grant requests from PDA.
Several of the churches in the West, have begun to assemble hygiene kits to distribute to the Lake Charles Convention Center which is housing evacuees from Texas.
As to our neighboring Presbyteries, New Covenant and Mission. I have been in daily conversation with officials from those presbyteries concerning their needs. I have offered the resources of PSL as they may need them. Christiana is ready to travel if requested.
For all persons who want to help in the recovery, donations may be made to New Covenant, or Mission Presbytery directly, or to PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance).
We in PSL are no stranger to terrible storms. Our prayers and love are poured out to brothers and sisters whose lives will be changed forevermore.
We know and believe that our God is one of life and new creation. That our God can and will bring life out of the deepest despair and darkest of times. We pray that God's Spirit of comfort, and strength will surround each and every person effected by this disaster, giving them strength and courage to move forward.
As we have experienced, on this 12th anniversary of Katrina, and a little over a year since the Great Flood of 2016, rebuilding takes a long time. The good news, Presbyterians, through PDA, are here for the long haul, and MOST importantly so is God.
And so dear ones, it is "onward and upward" prepared to do whatever is necessary to help rebuild God's creation.
Take care and be safe
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With over 140,000 homes damaged across 22 Louisiana parishes, we need the Help and Hope that Presbyterians are well-known for. With the reputation of being the volunteers who stay until the job is done, many communities across the state are counting on us to respond. Even if you can't physically swing a hammer, you can get involved and make a difference! Here's what YOU can do to help:
- Volunteer! Come for a week or a weekend! Our Hammond and Lafayette regional Hubs are already up and running, and Baton Rouge will be operational soon. To schedule a mission trip, call the PDA Call Center today at (866) 732-6121. To volunteer for a day or weekend, contact Caroline at RHINO (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans) by calling (504) 897-0101 ext. 111.
- Donate! Like it or not, it takes funding to stay for the long haul, and this recovery is expected to take 2-5 years. Your donations will allow us to provide meaningful work for our many volunteers and, more importantly, provide the ability to provide unmet needs for those families with the least resources. To donate, click the Give Now button above or send a check or money order to: Presbytery of South Louisiana, Attn: Flood Recovery, 250 S. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
- Communicate! One of the greatest needs in this particular recovery is to communicate to our friends around the country that the disaster happened. With very little media coverage, many are unaware of the desperate need. Find more information on the 2016 Flood on our PSL Flood Recovery Webpage or view this video:
- Join our AmeriCorps team! PSL has been awarded 6 AmeriCorps members to serve at our Hammond and Baton Rouge Hubs as Volunteer Coordinators and Site Supervisors. Members can be any age over 18. Members will begin November 28, 2016 and serve a 10-month term. AmeriCorps members receive a monthly living stipend as well as a Segal Education Award at the completion of their service year. For more information or to recommend someone, contact Christina Drake at (225) 685-7708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Encourage! You'd be amazed what a little encouragement can do to keep us going!
Thank you for visiting the Presbytery of South Louisiana! The PSL office sustained significant damage in the 2016 Flood of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. We are currently in transition to our temporary office site at The Church of the Way Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge.
In response to to the devastation caused by flooding through out south Louisiana, PSL has hired Christina Drake, formerly of Project Homecoming to spearhead all of our flood recovery efforts. Christina comes to us with invaluable experience in disaster relief in south Louisiana. You may reach Christina at email@example.com. If you have needs caused from flood damage or you have resources you would like to donate or you would like to volunteer, please contact Christina through email or phone, 225-685-7708. Thank you!
If you wish to make a monetary donation to the Presbytery of South Louisiana for flood assistance, you may do so by clicking the link below or scan the QRcode. At this time monetary donations are greatly appreciated due to the varying needs of everyone affected.
If you would like to send a check, please mail it to:
Presbytery of South Louisiana:
250 S Foster Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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