Monday, January 7, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Eight Days of Hope, a nonprofit, faith-based organization committed to rebuilding homes affected by natural disasters is partnering with the St. John Parish Long-Term Recovery Group. The group will lead a major rebuilding effort of almost 100 homes affected by Hurricane Isaac in St. John Parish from March 9 to March 16, 2013. Approximately 1500 skilled volunteers from across the nation are expected to descend on the parish to provide the rebuilding assistance. Homes will be selected following case management conducted by various volunteer agencies. “Eight Days of Hope’s goal is to bring hope to those who are still waiting and to help them rebuild their homes,” said EDOH President, Stephen Tybor, III.
Since 2005, over 11,200 Eight Days of Hope volunteers have helped to rebuild, remodel or refurbish 1,254 homes in 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. “We are so fortunate to have this organization come to St. John the Baptist Parish to assist our residents in rebuilding. There are still residents who are in need of assistance and this will help them get back on their feet,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Residents can call the Home Repair Hotline at (985) 359-0254 Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.stjohnrecovery.comfor assistance with home repairs related to Hurricane Isaac. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating materials to the Long Term Recovery Group should contact the Volunteer Assistance Hotline at 985-359-1024. Monetary Donations can be made to St. John United Way (designate for SJBP Long Term Recovery Group), P. O. Box 2019, Reserve, LA 70084; or to the “Hurricane Isaac Recovery Fund”, First National Bank, 377 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace, LA 70068, www.hurricaneisaacrecoveryfund.com.
Anyone interested in volunteering with "Eight Days of Hope" when they visit in March can register now at http://www.eightdaysofhope.com/. "Eight Days of Hope" is an all-volunteer organization located in Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information on "Eight Days of Hope" visit www.eightdaysofhope.com.