Catholic Charities helping those in need in New Orleans on Friday, February 10, 2017 following a devastating tornado earlier in the week. PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER

CCANO Continues to Bring Relief to New Orleans East

Published on May 23, 2017

On February 7, 2017, an EF-3 tornado devastated New Orleans East. Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans was on the ground later that same day offering counseling, helping to distribute food in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank and helping those affected begin their journey to recovery.

case managerIn the six weeks that followed, Catholic Charities case managers conducted intake and assessments for more than 400 individuals and families at the City of New Orleans Emergency Shelter and FEMA Disaster Resource Center. This process involves documenting the unmet needs of each client, which allows them to be prioritized by the severity of their needs and level of vulnerability.

Additionally, CCANO housed and provided intensive case management to more than 30 individuals whose homes were uninhabitable due to the storm’s damage. All of these individuals were elderly, disabled or families with young children. Catholic Charities alsoTornado Recovery in New Orleans East offered 1,190 hours of disaster case management and facilitated 80 hours of volunteer labor.

Moving forward, Catholic Charities will function as part of a cooperative body of nonprofits, faith based and community organizations and government agencies making up the Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG). The group’s ultimate goal is to provide permanent disaster-resistant housing to replace those destroyed and re-establish a healthy, functioning community that will sustain itself over time. CCANO’s role will be to continue providing disaster case management for individuals and families affected by the tornado whose needs have not yet been met through the usual recovery process.

Thank you to all who donated to our recovery efforts! With your generous support, we have helped, and will continue to help, hundreds with counseling, legal support and connections to countless other resources. To date, we have received over $149,000 in donations and grants to help us bring aid and relief to those in need.

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