By Christopher Findlay, Senior Marketing Manager
Today’s Front Line Hero is Inspiritus for supporting Gulf Coast communities impacted by hurricanes.
Inspiritus has a legacy of care dating back nearly 40 years. Formerly known as Lutheran Services of Georgia and Lutheran Services in Tennessee, Inspiritus seeks to empower those who face challenges and disruptions: children who have been abused or neglected, people with developmental disabilities, refugees and immigrants, individuals affected by natural disaster, and people in low-income communities. Inspiritus delivers programs and services to help individuals and families progress, as measured by four markers of a thriving life: basic needs, stability/safety, community integration, and self-sufficiency/self-determination.
Inspiritus disaster relief teams have been a welcome source of support for coastal Louisiana and Alabama communities who are still recovering from the devastation left behind by recent hurricanes. Response teams started in Lake Charles, Louisiana, following Hurricane Laura before extending support to Alabama communities that were affected by Hurricane Sally. So far, volunteer teams in Alabama have completed at least 66 home assessments and 50 job requests, including tree work and debris removal. Many of these volunteers opted to work in both locations for several weeks at a time. Many homeowners are so appreciative of their work that they offered the teams home-cooked meals as a token of their gratitude. With Hurricane Delta adding further damage to the region over the weekend, the work of Inspiritus’ volunteers feels more vital now than ever.
Thank you to Inspiritus and the volunteers on your disaster relief teams for providing crucial support to families and communities.