Monday, January 28, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Valero St. Charles Refinery, located in Destrehan, Evonik Corporation of Garyville and IberiaBank in LaPlace recently donated funding toward Hurricane Isaac rebuilding efforts for St. John the Baptist Parish residents. The donations will be directly allocated through the St. John the Baptist Parish Long-Term Recovery Group (SJBP LTRG) to volunteers and non-profit organizations to repair homes throughout the parish based on the greatest need and eligibility. Residents can call the Home Repair Hotline at (985) 359-0254, email email@example.com, or visit www.stjohnrecovery.com to register for assistance. Those without computer access can visit the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) at 1933 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The mission of the SJBP LTRG is to meet and work together to address the needs of residents of St. John the Baptist Parish in response to damage sustained from Hurricane Isaac and subsequent disasters as needed. They strive to provide coordinated management of long-term recovery and advocate 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 $455,000 toward recovery, as well as allocated rebuilding materials to repair over 400 homes. To date, the parish has received assistance from volunteers working over 16,000 hours gutting homes, cutting and removing trees, repairing fences, painting, replacing insulation and sheetrock and mold remediation.
A volunteer reception center is open for anyone interested in volunteering or donating construction materials, tools, and/or supplies for rebuilding. The reception center and multi-agency warehouse are located at 1929 W. Airline Hwy, and are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If interested in helping, 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. For additional information on St. John recovery, visit www.stjohnrecovery.com.