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Rural Recovery Response Lives On

Rural Recovery Response

Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. has mobilized our Rural Recovery Response to help families and communities recover from Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, two hurricanes that came ashore in rural Southwest Louisiana not six weeks apart, making landfall in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, within just a few miles of each other. Rural Louisiana families and communities need your support more than ever.

Rural Recovery Response Lives On

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Building Healthy & Prosperous Rural Communities in Louisiana

Help those affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta 

Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. has mobilized our Rural Recovery Response to help families and communities recover from Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, two hurricanes that came ashore in rural Southwest Louisiana not six weeks apart, making landfall in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, within just a few miles of each other.

Rural Louisiana families and communities need your support more than ever.  

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MDS Volunteers Bring Hope Back to Forgotten Rural Families

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Creating Partnerships for Recovery

SMHA has partnered again with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) to provide volunteers to help rural communities recover from the 2020...
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Made Safe Again

Annette Jackson, part of SMHA’s Rural Recovery Assessment Team, visits with another home in Iowa, LA, one of the communities...
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Assessment Trip

[wpdiscuz-feedback id="o8uk37wrmi" question="We would love your feedback!" opened="0"] SMHA's Rural Recovery Assessment Team took their 1st trip to the lower...
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Carnegie Melon University volunteers

On this day in 2007 Carnegie Mellon University students volunteer for site work in the first Katrina Cottage in Vermilion...
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Voices of Rural America

November 14, 2016 It is time to hear and heed the voices of Rural America, to give due respect to...
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A Letter from SMHA President & CEO

Dear Staff and Members of SMHA's Board of Directors,SMHA has for the last decade maintained to foundations and policy-makers that...
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Community Foundation of Acadiana Support Flood Recovery

September 21, 2016   The Community Foundation of Acadiana’s Acadiana Disaster Relief Fund supports flood relief and recovery efforts throughout...
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NeighborWorks America Visits the West End Community

Judy Herring (right), SMHA's Rural Recovery Response (RRR) coordinator returns to help the West End flood recovery efforts.  Judy organized...
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Louisiana Fishers: Flood Waters Damage More Than Homes

August 26, 2016 Vermillion Parish, Louisiana – The Fall shrimp season has begun, yet shrimp boat after shrimp boat is...
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West End Leadership Planning with SMHA

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SMHA Steps Up Amidst Flooding Disaster

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Rural Recovery 3 Year Report Features Original Art by Local Artist

SMHA's Executive Director, Lorna Bourg, accepts from and admires painting by Paul Schexnayder, local artist who contributed to the three...
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Toxic Substances Pose Potential Secondary Disaster

September 20, 2005  Letters from the field. Southern Mutual Help Association's Rural Recovery Task Force met with Secretary Cerise of...
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Field Letter from SMHA Executive Director Lorna Bourg

September 11, 2005 Dear Friends, Supporters, Donors, Funders, It was September 11th. The Southern Mutual Help Association Rural Recovery Task...
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Field Letter from SMHA Executive Director Lorna Bourg

September 4, 2005 Dear Friends, Supporters, Donors, Funders, On Friday, Sister Helen Vinton, Wilma Subra and I were able to...
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Special Message from SMHA regarding Hurricane Katrina’s effects on rural Louisiana

Dear Friends, Supporters, Donors, Funders, Southern Mutual Help Association must call upon all of you to help us. Louisiana is...
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Our passion for justice drives who we are and everything we do. We work with families and communities, partners and policy-makers, to dismantle policies and systems that shouldn’t exist, and to build the policy infrastructure and institutions of equity that should.

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