St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

World Renew Organization to Conduct Assessment of Recovery Needs in St. John

World Renew Organization to Conduct Assessment of Recovery Needs in St. John

Includes Door-to-Door Surveys in Areas Affected by Hurricane Isaac

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH –The St. John the Baptist Parish Long-Term Recovery Group (SJBP LTRG) is partnering with World Renew, a faith-based organization that specializes in disaster response, to conduct an assessment of long-term recovery needs in St. John Parish following Hurricane Isaac. World Renew volunteers will be working door-to-door in various affected neighborhoods between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday, January 31, 2013 (not including Saturday) to address the needs of residents in response to damage sustained from Hurricane Isaac and to inform residents of available resources. 

This is one of many efforts being made to provide residents with information and access to resources to help them return to their homes and to assist the parish in identifying unmet and long-term needs. The World Renew teams will wear green shirts with the World Renew logo and identification tags, as well as provide a letter of introduction from the SJBP LTRG.

For the duration of the trip, World Renew volunteers will also occupy the St. John Volunteer Reception Center to help residents identify their unmet needs. Volunteers will be stationed there Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Monday, January 28 through Thursday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Residents who are not contacted by the group, but continue to need assistance are asked to visit the center at 1933 W. Airline Hwy or call 985-359-0254 Monday through Saturday, or email isaacassistance@sjbparish.com.

The SJBP LTRG strives to provide coordinated management of long-term recovery following Hurricane Isaac and advocates for ongoing resources and preparedness within all voluntary agencies active in disasters.  Membership includes participating faith-based, non-profit, governmental, business, and other organizations and agencies providing financial support, material, and/or labor for the work of the group.  They have raised $436,500 toward recovery, as well as allocated rebuilding materials to repair over 300 homes.  To date, the parish has received assistance from more than 1,200 volunteers working over 15,000 hours gutting homes, cutting and removing trees, repairing fences, painting, replacing insulation and sheetrock and mold remediation. 

The volunteer reception center is open for anyone interested in volunteering or donating construction materials, tools, and/or supplies for rebuilding. 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. For additional information on St. John recovery, visit www.stjohnrecovery.com.

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