St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

"Eight Days of Hope" to Repair over 200 Homes Damaged by Hurricane Isaac

2,481 Volunteers Expected in St. John March 9-16

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH –Eight Days of Hope, a non-profit all-volunteer organization committed to rebuilding homes affected by natural disasters has partnered with the St.  John Long-Term Recovery Group and other various agencies and  faith-based organizations to repair over 200 homes devastated by Hurricane Isaac in St. John from March 9 through March 16, 2013.

Making it their largest mission yet, 2,481 volunteers from four countries are expected to descend on the parish to provide the rebuilding assistance. “Over 50 percent of our volunteers are electricians, carpenters, licensed contractors and tradesmen ready to work,” said Steve Tybor, Eight Days of Hope President.  “We provide assistance to the uninsured and underinsured and appreciate the St. John Long-Term Recovery Group for working diligently to prepare for our arrival and assisting in identifying families who are still in need of assistance.”

Homes were selected for the Eight Days of Hope project through registration with the St. John Volunteer Reception Center and following case management conducted by various volunteer agencies. The St. John the Baptist Parish Long-Term Recovery Group was established to coordinate long-term recovery efforts and manage the inflow of volunteers to the parish. This is one of many efforts being made by the group to provide residents with the assistance they need to return to their homes and to assist the parish in identifying unmet and long-term needs after Hurricane Isaac. “We are truly honored to have been selected for Eight Days of Hope X,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.  “Although many residents have been resilient in their rebuilding efforts in the last six months, there is still a great need of assistance in our community.  We encourage everyone in the community to welcome this group as they volunteer their time to rebuild St. John the Baptist Parish.” 

Since 2005, over 11,200 Eight Days of Hope volunteers have helped to rebuild, remodel or refurbish 1,254 homes in the Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Alabama and North Carolina on nine different relief trips. To date, more than fourteen million dollars of work has been completed by the organization. The Eight Days of Hope teams will be easily identifiable in bright orange t-shirts, and yard signs will be placed in front of all homes being repaired. 

During their stay Eight Days of Hope volunteers will also be working on various projects throughout the Parish. “We never expected this many people to sign up to come to St. John Parish, but we are joyful that in this economy, people are still willing and wanting to help those in need,” said Tybor.

Residents can call the Home Repair Hotline at (985) 359-0254 Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., email isaacassistance@sjbparish.comor visit www.stjohnrecovery.comfor assistance with home repairs related to Hurricane Isaac.