2017 Grantees

Lousiana’s

Camp Noah c/o Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Allowed Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge to offer an after-school version of the Camp Noah curriculum engaging over 40 children from pre-school to grade six with interactive activities to address preparedness and resiliency skills.

Chez Hope
Amount: $20,000
Area served: St. Mary, Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin parishes
Objective: Allowed Chez Hope to expand its service provision and support for residential and non-residential victims of domestic violence in St. Mary, Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin parishes.

Habitat for Humanity
Amount: $20,000
Area served: Greater Baton Rouge
Objective: Assisted in the rebuilding of flood-damaged homes in Greater Baton Rouge.

Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative
Amount: $4,000
Area served: New Orleans
Objective: Supported a strategic planning process to exploring the feasibility of merger with another community development organization.

Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance
Amount: $10,000
Area served: Louisiana
Objective: Supported FFL’s participation in the LDRA, a statewide philanthropic partnership to support innovative and proactive recovery initiatives and mitigation efforts to respond to natural and man-made disasters affecting Louisiana. LDRA will prioritize long-term, sustainable disaster recovery models that address the needs of vulnerable communities in Louisiana.

The Life of a Single Mom
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Supported the ongoing work of The Life of a Single Mom in providing support to the over 600 single mothers in its support group network, many of whom were affected by the Great Flood of August 2016.

LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio c/o LSU Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Supported a session of the Louisiana Community Resilience Institute, a three-part program focused on helping elected officials better understand the importance of planning and design in improving community resilience.

MidCity Redevelopment Alliance
Amount: $13,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Allowed MCRA to hire skilled laborers (all formerly unemployed) to assist in gutting, mold remediation and rebuilding of flooded homes. MCRA’s efforts, in partnership with other home building organizations, have returned seven families to their homes with 16 more families finalizing their rebuilding plans (projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2017).

MidCity Redevelopment Alliance
Amount: $25,000
Area served: East Baton Rouge
Objective: — Partial challenge grant to support the purchase of a sprinkler system to assist in the completion of a dormitory to support volunteer housing ($12,500) and for the development of a housing plan for East Baton Rouge Parish under the auspices of the Housing FIRST Alliance of the Capital Area. Similar to the work done by HousingNOLA in New Orleans, this plan has the support of the Mayor-President Sharon Broome and approximately 30 organizations in Baton Rouge. The challenge portion of this grant is for the sprinkler system.

STAR
Amount: $40,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Allowed STAR to hire an additional counselor to support victims of violence who were also affected by the flood. This completely eliminated the waiting list that had grown dramatically following the flood.

United Saints Recovery Project
Amount: $23,800
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Support 100 work crews — representing 7,800 volunteer hours — engaged in rebuilding efforts in Baton Rouge. 16 homeowners were supported during this grant period; 38 since the beginning of the flood.

Upbring c/o Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Provided case management and housing support to approximately 20 families still living in hotel rooms nearly six months after the flooding.