Update on Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
As you have seen on the news,
Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana have sustained historic flooding over the last several days with rivers still cresting. Janet Pace, CEO of Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge reported that her daughter and family had to evacuate and are safe, but some of the Volunteers of America staff have lost everything. The following is from her email message:
"The floodwaters continue to ravage the southern part of our state, but as they recede in the Greater Baton Rouge area, people are beginning to assess the damage. For our Volunteers of America family, we have been disheartened to learn that 25% of our staff's homes have been flooded. Despite this, they are ensuring that programs are open, residents are safe and those needing 24-hour care have it. We are so fortunate that none of our properties sustained damage. We are focusing now on helping those nearly 100 staff members regain some normalcy in their lives. I am grateful for the Volunteers of America staff fund appeal that is being conducted; these monies will make a huge difference.
We are grateful for everyone's prayers. They uplift us in the most trying times. The affiliates have been wonderful, offering prayers and support. I am grateful to Jim LeBlanc (President/CEO Volunteers Of America Greater New Orleans) and Wallace Davis (President/CEO Volunteers Of America Southeast) for their expertise, as they have led through times like this themselves.
The work is just now beginning, but Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge will be here until the work is done."