150 families and seniors unsponsored for The Community Comes Together for Christmas
The opportunity to sponsor a family is now closed, but you can still help by making a donation here and designating your gift for "Christmas Sponsor a Family" or "Christmas Lights" to help out with a utility bill year round.
“Never have we had so many families remaining on our wish list at this late date,” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director. “It’s a problem we’ve never had to face, but we’re worried that Christmas won’t happen for them.”
This year CCDBR prescreened and verified over 500 families and seniors in its Community Comes Together campaign. Most are clients like families affected by disaster, new mothers served Sanctuary for Life, or refugees resettled by the agency. Many of unsponsored are seniors enrolled in other agency programs like Foster Grandparents (Note: No more families will be added to the list.)
To become a sponsor, donors sign up here, and then choose a specific family or senior to sponsor. Donors can purchase gifts on their sponsored families wish lists includes clothing sizes, shoe sizes and gifts most desired. They may elect to either remain anonymous and drop off gifts at the agency’s Santa’s workshop or deliver them to the family directly. Donors can also choose to make a cash donation to help buy gift cards for the unsponsored families.
Looking for work or want to take your career to the next level? Attend Louisiana Office for Refugees 1st Annual Job Fair Expo on Monday, October 24, 9:00 am – Noon at the East Baton Rouge Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Baton Rouge, La. Free Parking.
You’ll have an opportunity to apply for job opportunities from a number of ready-to-hire employers, interview on the spot, and maybe even get hired.
Want more info? Call Lisa Morales at (225)376.6841.
The floods of August 2016 turned practically all of south Louisiana into an inland lake. Enough rain fell to fill Lake Pontchartrain four times, flooding about 140,000 households and rivaling the scope of devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy. Neighborhoods, homes and businesses flooded that were well out of the flood plain, and the inundation exceeded a 1,000-year flood level. More than 30,000 people were rescued. Nearly 200,000 houses and 11 percent of the state’s population was affected either directly or indirectly.
The day after the rain ceased, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge went to work, initially focusing on families and individuals in the shelters. As of Aug. 30, we’ve done case work on 850 families, or about 2,000 individuals.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will dedicate its newly renovated and expanded home for homeless pregnant women on Tuesday, September 20. The Sanctuary for Life now also offers a safe haven for women and their newborns.
Bishop Robert W. Muench will bless and lead the dedication ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
“The Sanctuary for Life has offered a safe haven for over 250 women and unborn children since it was first established in 1999,” said David C. Aguillard. “As Louisiana’s only housing program of its type, its often saved the lives of the children and also their mothers who had no place else to turn,” he said.
On Saturday, September 17, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will hold its 5th annual Citizenship Day at the Jones Creek Library. There you can find free naturalization application assistance to qualified green card holders. Participants will receive an eligibility review with a trained immigration law professional as well as assistance completing the required forms. Please call to reserve your space today! 225-346-0660 or 225-376-6849. Click here to find out what you need to bring. English Spanish