"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9
To our valued donors, supporters and friends: if you have been impacted by the flooding, I hope that today is just a bit brighter than yesterday. We are grateful for the outpouring of support and the prayers that you have offered during this challenging time. Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge could not provide quality services to the individuals we support without your help. Even at the height of this disaster, staff put their own needs aside to ensure that all of our residents were safe and those requiring 24-hour care had care. Our Drop In Center for the homeless did not close. Like many of you, however, we did not escape the brunt of the storm. While none of our properties flooded, 25% of our staff (almost 100 individuals) have sustained damage to their homes. Most have lost everything they have, including vehicles. Just as we support those throughout our communities, our staff needs us to help them rebuild their lives.
have been many touching stories during the flooding of staff putting the people
we serve first when their own homes and lives were turned upside down.
I’d like to tell you about the direct support team members who cared for the
children at Parker House during the many days of flooding. Amy N. is one
such person. At daybreak on Saturday morning, Amy escaped her flooded
home with her 3-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter wading through four feet of
flood waters to be picked up by a rescue boat. She moved to a shelter in
Baker with her children. Amy was worried our children at Parker House were
particularly scared because they had to deal with the recent police shootings
and now this flood. She knew they needed a familiar face. She found
childcare with a relative for her children so she could work a double shift at
Parker House on Monday. She did not have transportation but with the help
of Rhonda I., another amazing direct care team member who had just worked three double shifts since Friday, Amy made it to Parker House. Rhonda drove to
the shelter to pick up Amy. Amy humbly explained that she didn’t do
anything special. “This is a time where everyone should help each other
We are working to determine the needs of the program families and individuals we serve. We know that they have also sustained damage to their homes. Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge will be supporting them as they rebuild their lives. We will also be ready as our founders promised, "to go wherever and do whatever comes to hand." As the 19 parishes we serve identify their needs, where we are able, we will be there to help. And we will be here until the end.
Many of you have generously asked for ways to donate to Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge to assist in the long-term recovery. Please see the link below to make a donation.
Please write "Flood Relief" in the comment of the donation so that we know where to allocate your generous donations.
Thank you for your continued support at this devastating time.