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The Catholic Charities David Hamilton Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a volunteer who demonstrates excellence in service and exemplifies the Catholic Charities mission, values and commitment to the community.
Sometimes a faith-filled passion for meeting others’ needs lines up providentially with the work of Catholic Charities. We first encountered this dynamic duo less than a week after Hurricane Isaac devastated South Louisiana. Bob and Estelle Babin wanted to help wherever needed and coaxed their friends to endure days of 100 degree heat, sorting and loading food, water and cleaning supplies into cars of disaster victims. Later Bob, an avid home improvement guru, recruited a friend to repair the skirting on an elderly man’s trailer damaged by Isaac.
Almost a year ago we responded to the immediate needs following Hurricane Isaac and are now deep into disaster case management doing what Catholic Charities does best—helping families struggling to rebuild their lives. We’ve recently finished converting the TV studio at the Leah Building into warehouse space to stock pile disaster response supplies ready for when—not if—we are struck again. Several times this past year, our staff also responded to help our sister agencies impacted by Hurricane Sandy with the CCUSA Disaster Case Management Contract and to assist the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City following the tornadoes.
Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana honors CCDBR Social Worker
Catholic Charities Barbara Thompson, LCSW, (CCDBR) received The Champion for Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL) at its “Kids Are Worth It!”® Conference Luncheon on May 9, 2013 at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center. This award is the highest honor PCAL bestows upon individuals or organizations that have made a difference in the lives of children.
Currently, Barbara is Catholic Charities Coordinator of Safe Families for Children, a nationwide faith-based partnership that focuses on child well-being, rather than child protection, by strengthening and empowering families in crisis.
May 28, 2013--David Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR), announced that tomorrow staffer Carol Spruell will be deployed to assist Catholic Charities of Oklahoma Disaster Response after the May 20 tornadoes.
"Our staff is in high demand when the subject of disaster response and relief is on the table," said Aguillard. "This diocese has more experience in disasters of this magnitude as any other in the country."
Baton Rouge--Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be able to help up to 400 additional families in south central Louisiana rebuild their homes and lives disrupted by the floodwaters of Hurricane Isaac.
The agency was selected as the Hurricane Isaac disaster case management provider for area residents through a contract administered by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) and The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and funded by FEMA.