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SJUW Approves Funding For Eight Days of Hope Rebuilding Project

St. John United Way Board of Directors and the St. John the Baptist Parish Long Term Recovery Group (SJBP LTRG) approved $50,000 in funding to Eight Days of Hope for its upcoming project to rebuild over 100 Hurricane Isaac damaged homes in LaPlace.

Eight Days of Hope is scheduled to lead a major rebuilding effort of over 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.

St. John United Way has committed $35,000 to this project through its NO Place Like Home Program. NO Place Like Home was developed following Hurricane Isaac to create partnerships between individuals, investors and rebuilding groups to help residents return to safe, secure and functional homes. This donation is made possible thanks to generous contributions from individuals and businesses such as Marathon Petroleum and Motiva Enterprises.

Eight Days of Hope is also partnering with the SJBP LTRG, which has committed $15,000 to the project. Additionally, the SJBP LTRG is working with Eight Days of Hope to coordinate the necessary preparation needed for their arrival.

St. John United Way is actively participating in the SJBP LTRG. The long term recovery group is made up of non-profit, faith-based, governmental, business, and other organizations and agencies providing financial support, material, and/or labor to address the needs of St. John the Baptist Parish residents in response to damage sustained from Hurricane Isaac and subsequent disasters as needed.

The organizations involved in the SJBP LTRG involved include Catholic Charities, BRACES, UMCOR, New Wine Development Corporation, United Way, St. John the Baptist Parish, and many others. These organizations are working in various subcommittees based on the type of skills or support they provide. The subcommittees include case management, volunteer and donation coordination, construction cleanup and unmet needs.

To date, the SJBP LTRG has processed over 946 requests for assistance from individuals who sustained damaged as a result of Hurricane Isaac. The long term recovery group has been able to fully complete 308 cases mostly utilizing donated supplies and volunteer assistance. The SJBP LTRG has utilized over 1200 volunteers totaling over 15,500 volunteer hours.

Residents needing assistance recovering from damaged sustained through Hurricane Isaac can call 985-359-0254 or email isaacassistance@sjbparish.com. Residents can also visit the SJBP LTRG Volunteer Reception Center at 1933 West Airline Hwy in LaPlace.

Donations can be made online by clicking here or sent to P.O. Box 2019, Reserve, LA 70084. Please make donations payable to St. John United Way and include SJBP Long Term Recovery Group in the memo line.