KEEP STEPPN'! Our Friends of the Poor feet are climbing the walls at Corner Bakery Cafe Rhode Island in Garden City Center! Stop in for a refreshing ice tea and specialty salad, or maybe a soda and pasta dish and put your foot on the wall! Help us raise funds to support your Rhode Island neighbors in need! ...
Louisiana was recently struck with historic and deadly flooding, with as many as 30,000 residents needing to be rescued by swift water teams. With over 40,000 people evacuated, and at least 11,000 homes destroyed, FEMA has already deemed this a major disaster, something in the magnitude of Katrina.
Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, COO of SVdP's Disaster Services Division reported 88,000 individuals had been registered with FEMA, in the first four days and in some parts of Louisiana, 125 year old flooding records for 24 hour rainfall have been shattered by as much as 16.3 inches. In addition to the homes destroyed, this record flooding has left a trail of devastation of 110,000 homes with a combined worth of over $20 billion and more than 7,000 businesses damaged.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Disaster Services Division has deployed a Rapid Response Team to the Baton Rouge area to help support the Council and its impacted Conferences. Additionally, several Parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have been impacted by the record flooding.
The flood damage to Baton Rouge is estimated to be greater than the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Therefore, Vincentians are helping people with immediate needs such as: shelter, sheets, pillows and cleaning supplies. Housing for people who are suddenly homeless is a major problem. For their long-term recovery, SVdP's House in a Box® program and Disaster Case Management will be implemented. The House in a Box program supplies disaster survivors with critical items to furnish an entire home from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, including furniture, dishes, towels, pots and pans, utensils, and bed linens. These are the programs that provide individuals with the hope they need for a fresh start on their lives. ($1,500 will provide the House in a Box to a family of four). In addition, the SVdPUSA Disaster Services Division is training local Vincentians to assist flood victims with registering for the following federal programs: FEMA, SBA and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP).
On behalf of SVDP Rhode Island, the Diocesan Council will be making an emergency donation during our monthly meeting this Thursday, August 25. Please consider doing the same as a conference, a family, or as individuals. Use the link below to give TODAY!
The National Council of the Society St. Vincent de Paul’s Disaster Services Division (DSD) responds to disasters such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other events throughout the United States. The DSD trains Regional Response Teams as well as individual Vincentians throughout the country to...