SMHA's annual report earns "Gold" status in LACP's 2008 Vision Awards Competition
8/1/2009 12:00:00 AM

Rural Recovery Response: A Work in Progress from Southern Mutual Help Association on Vimeo.

As part of our Rural Recovery Response in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, SMHA is helping rural Louisianans rebuild their homes and businesses and rebuild Louisiana better than before.

View our 3-year progress report online, and visit our Rural Recovery Response page for details. Mutual Help Association has earned"Gold"status in the League of American Communications Professionals' 2008 Vision Awards Annual Report Competition. The LACP hosts annual competitions, focusing on identifying the best public relations practices around the world. Its "Vision Awards" program recognizes the outstanding annual reports of organizations, which compete against peers of similar size, staff, and means to earn recognition for their organization's achievements. Over 3,500 entries were received in the 2008 competition, representing nearly 20 countries worldwide. SMHA's entry scored a perfect 10 in the areas of creativity, message clarity, report narrative and report cover.

The report, titled"Rural Recovery Response: A Work in Progress, Three Years After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita"consists of a three-dimensional foldout publication featuring original art designed for SMHA by New Iberia artist Paul Schexnayder.

Its exterior tri-folding flaps introduce the reader to its contents through numerous photographs of the devastation wrought by the storms. Contained within the enclosure is a series of three full-size posters outlining SMHA's response since these natural disasters.

Part One describes SMHA's hurricane recovery work benefiting homeowners, fishers, farmers, other small businesses, and churches. It details the organization's efforts to shape public policy to facilitate long-term development, and it provides information on SMHA's vision of rural recovery Teche Ridge, a mixed-income, mixed-race, mixed-use Traditional Neighborhood Development in New Iberia.

Part Two highlights the strategies SMHA used in its rural recovery response, including "planning-on-the-move", and the "power of the story." This section also describes operating principles, its leadership, its partners, funders, and volunteers.

Part Three of the report is a tribute to the many donor investors who have provided the funding to allow SMHA to accomplish the work described throughout the report and to continue leading rural development in the future. Jackie Ducote, President of Jacklyn Ducote & Associates and co-coordinator of SMHA's Rural Recovery Task Force, wrote and designed the award-winning publication.

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