Caregivers can take steps now to prevent stress and anxiety in children
Baton Rouge, LA--“Events like Hurricane Isaac, can take a toll on children.” said Janice Allen, a licensed clinical social worker with Catholic Charities. “Parents and caregivers can do a lot to alleviate their fears and prevent long-term consequences.”

Since Hurricane Katrina, Catholic Charities has helped thousands of families to recover from disaster, first as an early responder to the immediate needs and later helping people rebuild their lives. The agency specializes in case management which includes mental health counseling, employment services, housing, education and more.

Flood waters flowing over Denham Springs roadway like rapidsThe 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.  

Rainbow over Catholic Charities office the day before Hurricane Isaac strikes

 Catholic Charities has geared up its Disaster Operations team in advance of Hurricane Isaac's landfall, assessing needs in every parish in our diocese as well as working with our sister agencies in South Louisiana.We don't know exactly what is going to happen, but one thing is certain--we're going to need money and volunteers.  

disaster volunteers at catholic charities distribution stie

Catholic Charities has geared up its Disaster Operations team, assessing needs in every parish in our diocese as well as working with our sister agencies in South Louisiana. While we don't know exactly what is going to happen, one thing is certain--we're going to need volunteers. We don't know how many, what they will be doing, or where the work is needed--but we're going to need your help. How about signing up in advance of the need. Click here for a form. Fill it out and fax it to 225-336-8745 or click here to email. Questions? Call Kayla Richard at 225-336-8700 and her cell is 225-303-4877. We'll keep the applications on file until we need them. Thank you and God bless. 

Disaster response moves at a fast and furious pace. Volunteer needs change rapidly. Too swiftly for Kayla Richard to call every volunteer. So how can you find out where volunteers are needed? Go to Catholic Charities Facebook page to find out where and when volunteers are needed. Email Kayla to let us know if you can come help or give her a call. You can help by calling others to let them know our needs too!

Boys getting clothing at shelter
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has been active daily since Isaac inundated the Capital Region Working through local parishes in the Maurepas region, shelter officials, and assisted by St. Vincent de Paul, our disaster response teams distributed relief supplies to families who, in some instances, were rescued from flood waters without a chance to even slip on a pair of shoes. We have found some families in isolated areas in need of water, medicine, clothing and food.  

While people with emergencies should call 911, Catholic Charities will continue to respond to unmet needs that fall between the cracks as 1st responders act on their appropriate priorities: saving lives and protecting property. 

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