Lutheran Services in America member, Upbring, Assists with Disaster Response Efforts for Parishes in Louisiana Flooding

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The floodwaters swamping South Louisiana are being called the largest US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the number of families needing help rises each day. The strain on families is astounding.

While it's impossible to assess the full scope of destruction at this stage of the crisis, we know the process of rebuilding lives will certainly linger long after the land is dry. And we also know that there are tens of thousands of families in need.

LSA member, Upbring, is working to identify the affected families and the best ways to assist them. Through their network of community partners and the Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Upbring already has representatives at the scene and are prepared to offer immediate assistance in the following ways:

Short-Term Emergency Needs—Providing gift cards and emergency grants to families with immediate needs of food/shelter/clothing; ongoing until the funds run out.

Long-Term Response and Recovery—A coordinated response to assist low-income families without insurance who lost their homes and possessions, and renters stripped of their belongings.

Spiritual/Emotional Care—Counseling and spiritual care services to individuals seeking prayerful comfort and emotional support, over the short- and long-term. 

Please pray for the thousands of families who have been burdened by the flooding, as well as those engaged in the rescue and recovery efforts.

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Thank you for your support of Upbring Disaster Response and the LSA network.

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