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St. John ARC clients get SJSP assistance to help homeless

LAPLACE — St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies Nico Paretti, from left, Taryus Smith and Javonna Cordova were happy to lend a hand to St. John ARC at the ARC work center in LaPlace.

The officers met with clients for a special project that promotes recycling, as well as helps the homeless.

Led by Cindy St. Pierre, Janice Church and Linda Lambert, clients are creating sleeping mats and providing the mats to homeless people.

After several months, the clients’ first mat was recently completed and presented to the SJSO for officers to deliver to someone homeless in the New Orleans area.

Deputies Nico Paretti, Taryus Smith and Javonna Cordova helped the ARC clients.

The clients, with a little help from the deputies, also started on their second mat.

The bags are folded, cut and looped to create a plastic mat that can be easily rolled up and is light to carry.

Each 6-foot-by-2½-foot mat is made from 600 to 700 recycled plastic grocery bags.