Through a special appeal by led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities – Diocese of Tyler, the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler have sent more than $60,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to assist with the ongoing flood relief efforts.
“The floods that devastated the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge in August left thousands of families homeless, facing uncertain futures,” said David Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge, in a letter to Bishop Strickland. “The contribution of the people of the Diocese of Tyler has made – and will continue to make – a difference by helping people return to their homes and rebuild their lives.”
The floods of August 2016 put much of southern Louisiana, including the Baton Rouge area, under water, flooding about 155,000 households. More than 30,000 people had to be rescued and nearly 20,000 homes and business were impacted directly or indirectly.
“One of the most beautiful aspects about working for the Catholic Church and specifically Catholic Charities is that we answer God’s call to care for others,” said Kathy Shieldes-Harry, executive director Catholic Charities – Diocese of Tyler. “The generosity throughout the Diocese of Tyler for the flood victims in Louisiana is a testament to our belief that we are members of one family, one body in Christ.”
Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge is leading the recovery effort by meeting with thousands of households to conduct an extensive needs assessment with each and referring them to resources to assist in the recovery. A large amount of the support received through donations has also gone to supplement rent and provide other direct assistance like bus tickets, tire repair and work boots to help those impacted return to their home or work.
For more information on the recovery efforts, visit http://www.ccdiobr.org/.