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11/14/2016 8:29:33 AM

It is time to hear and heed the voices of Rural America, to give due respect to the contributions of rural American families and communities that have fed and fueled our nation for generations. Rural America produces the natural resources that make our country strong, provides stewardship of our food, our lands, and our waters, and is bedrock to American prosperity. 


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10/6/2016 4:37:27 PM

SMHA is proud to have been invited to the White House Rural Forum in State College, Pennsylvania, on October 5th. Director of Life Quality Initiatives, Gabe Schwartzman, spoke about SMHA’s continued commitment to maintain a vibrant future for Gulf Coast communities. Schwartzman spoke on the Young Leaders in Rural America panel, alongside Whitney Kimball Coe, director of National Programs for the Center for Rural Strategies.


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Categories: Life Quality  |  Rural Recovery  |  Staff and Board
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8/18/2016 3:00:00 PM

As thunder rumbles overhead SMHA just finished a planning session with the leaders of the West End Community Neighborhood Association.

While there are 100 homes inundated the decision has been made to help recover those families that own their homes.


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Categories: Life Quality  |  Rural Recovery
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8/17/2016 1:15:00 PM

Unfortunately, and maybe fortunately, SMHA has HUUUGE experience in disaster recovery and rebuilding better than before.


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Categories: Life Quality  |  Rural Recovery
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8/12/2016 12:53:15 PM
In Louisiana, fishers are getting organized. On Friday, August 12th, several hundred fishers gathered in Gretna, LA, mobilizing to raise historically low prices for shrimp and other seafood commodities in coastal Louisiana.
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Categories: Life Quality
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2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM


Gabe Schwartzman (right) SMHA’s Life Quality Work Protege presents archival gift to SAWG’s Newest and Youngest Board Members Kavita Koppa and Nikky Kelley


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Categories: Founders to Future  |  Life Quality
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7/15/2015 9:43:43 AM


Dr. Keidra Welch-Spencer will be joining the Franklin Foundation Hospital team!  CLICK HERE TO READ FRANKLIN BANNER TRIBUNE ARTICLE



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9/9/2014 10:19:32 AM

While the food was delicious, the keynote address by Lawrence Lessig was the real show-stealer at the 2014 Top 50 Businesses in Acadiana award luncheon. Lessig, author of Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It, gave an enthralling speech on the misuse of money in government and elections.


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8/19/2014 11:40:40 AM


Pictured left to right: Andy Vo and Clementine Matthews

On Friday, August 15, fisher and boat owner Andy Vo closed on a business loan with Southern Mutual Financial Services, Inc. (SMFS). Now Andy can make repairs to his boat and get back on the water! 


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8/4/2014 2:14:54 PM

Over the past two months, the West End community has contributed over 2,200 hours of community service and attracted 100 volunteers to its area-wide renaissance.


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