- Southern Mutual Help Association’s Forward-Looking Strategies are grounded in an historical global perspective. SMHA’s history is rich in looking at our work through the lens of the world – seeing "otherness.” The three founders were bound to have a global view. Sister Anne Catherine Bizalion was a Rural Dominican Missionary from the French Alps, Grenoble, the core of the French resistance to the war-time German occupation. Henry Pelet, a Labadieville sugar mill worker and philosopher considered himself a citizen of the world.
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- Louisiana Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 58 by Senator Fred Mills During a disaster, SMHA's focus is on recovery and redevelopment gaining quick access for critical assessments, raising more than 10 million dollars and recruiting over 6,000 volunteers. Volunteers recovered 1,064 homes, churches and businesses across coastal Louisiana. SMHA has proven to be an essential component of recovery and redevelopment during rebuilding Louisiana after the most devastating storms in Louisiana's history.
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- Southern Mutual Help Association’s mission is to build healthy and prosperous rural communities in Louisiana.Building community capacity to make change. Providing access to affordable capital. Forging innovative partnerships and "building bridges” among unlikely partners.Increasing the capacity of institutions across all sectors to invest effectively in low-wealth communities.
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- President’s 2015 Annual Report - Forward Looking Strategies
- SMHA Receives Senate Resolution for its support in disaster recovery.
- Sister Helen Vinton visits with Douglas Wells during one of many trips to Plaquemines Parish after the hurricanes, where SMHA listened to the stories of the people.
Thanks to all who attended and sponsored our event.
Curry, completes her term (12th year) as Mayor of New Iberia on December 31, and joined SMHA
Messages from SMHA
A LETTER FROM SMHA PRESIDENT & CEO
SMHA has for the last decade maintained to foundations and policy-makers that their metro-centric approach and investment was not viable without understanding the importance of Rural America.