“Any given point during the year there’s stuff going on in people’s families or peoples lives with sicknesses and disabilities that have someone experience homelessness.” said Ben Broussard, Director of External Affairs with Catholic Services.
Acadiana is not immune to homelessness, Ben Broussard with catholic services emphasizes on any given night, at least 200 people, men women and children, fall asleep without a roof over their heads.
“These are our neighbors, these are our brothers and sisters and we have a responsibility to care for them.”said Broussard.
This is where re-housing programs are helping to get those who are homeless off the streets.
“We have folks who have been homeless for 3-4 years…some of them longer, eight to ten.”said Debra Williams, Supervisor of Rapid Re-housing program.
Debra Williams focuses on housing those with critical needs and sees first hand how it makes a difference.
“When we can give someone their keys, when they sign their lease when we say this is your place….that’s the best thing I’d say.”said Williams.
But, while Williams would love to help make their new house a home.
“If we have things that we can share like maybe this picture will come off the wall if a client likes it, we’ll try to make it a homey feel for them.” said Williams.
This is where the community can come together.
“We’re just at a time right now where our shelves are low and we are in need of things to move folks in stable housing. It’s a good problem to have, but we need that re-housing supplies to make that transition.”said Broussard.
Here is a list of needed supplies:
Pillows, sheets, bath towels
Laundry and dish soap
Where to Bring Donations:
Msgr. Sigur Center, 401 Saint John St