Five days after Hurricane Isaac roared ashore in Louisiana, teams from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship responded to immediate needs in LaPlace, St. John the Baptist Parish, La.
They began the process of mucking out (removing debris and water damaged items) some of the 7,000 homes that had suffered their first-ever flooding damage. With the support of like minded church groups and the community, CBF reports that 98 percent of the homes have been mucked out and that the most important step in the recovery process is under way — homes are being rebuilt.
One of CBF’s rebuilding partners in LaPlace is Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, which has been rebuilding flooded homes and building new ones in hurricane-devastated areas on the Gulf Coast since 2005. Using volunteer teams for labor and donations and grants for funding, they have been able to restore safe and decent housing for 150 families.
“The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is our oldest denominational partnership and one that has blessed us both,” Fuller Center for Housing President David Snell said. “Working together in LaPlace will surely be a blessing to the families there, as well — families who continue to struggle with the after-effects of Hurricane Isaac. With shared values and a common desire to give a hand up to those in need, the CBF and The Fuller Center are a natural team.”