Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA) was founded in 1969 to be an Agent of Change in rural Louisiana.
Its mission is to build strong, healthy and prosperous rural communities, with emphasis on low-wealth families, w 80 omen, people of color, and on families and communities whose livelihoods are interdependent with the lands and waters.
SMHA and its leadership have been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally, receiving numerous awards for innovation and excellence in community and economic development.
Since its founding, SMHA has pioneered new approaches to challenges facing Louisiana’s rural communities, standing strong against the root causes of poverty, racism, sexism and classism. Its work includes
SMHA Board Members Helen Vinton Vinton, Representative Sydnie Mae Durand and Overton White view map of SMHA's service areas
Southern Mutual Help Association continues to create new institutions, policies, leadership and learning opportunities, and new wealth in communities while building and leveraging new partnerships.