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Organization partners with First Baptist Church of LaPlace to help Veterans impacted by Hurricane Ida

LAPLACE — It is estimated that 1.4 million Veterans are currently at-risk of becoming homeless. Sadly, the factors that will push these Veterans into homelessness are numerous – medical or mental illness, PTSD, Substance Abuse Disorder, financial, unemployment, etc.

What cannot be measured is the impact of a natural disaster on those Veterans at greatest risk. As a result of the recent devastation left by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana, The Journey Home (TJH) of Indiana will deploy its Veterans’ Mobile Disaster Response Team (VMDRT) to Louisiana to help displaced Veterans and their families impacted by the hurricane.

The team is partnering with a coalition of experienced disaster relief businesses and nonprofit organizations – Bales Environmental, Kentwood, Louisiana; Carpenter House Global, Lillian, Alabama; The Hope Center, Pensacola, Florida; and Radiant Church, Greenville, Ohio – have set up their command center at the First Baptist Church of LaPlace (120 Ormond Blvd., LaPlace, LA. 70068).

From the commander center, the disaster relief coalition will aid in providing meals, supplies and outreach services to help rebuild community organizations and lift up those in need. TJH team will specialize in providing impacted Veterans and their families with case management services, linkage to vital local, regional and national Veteran resources to initiate the rebuilding process and restore their way of life.

Eldon Solomon, TJH’s Clinical Director & CEO adds, “Regardless of where Veterans are located, they are the priority of The Journey Home’s mission and we are here to help! The Veteran Mobile Disaster Response Team further displays our commitment to outreach programming on a nationwide scope to ensure at-risk and in-need Veterans are able to access resources and the benefits they have earned. We encourage everyone to join us in helping our American Heroes experiencing a crisis wherever they may be by supporting the dedicated efforts of TJH’s Veterans’ Mobile Disaster Response Team.”

The Journey Home of Winchester, Indiana is a nonprofit organization specializing in Veteran transitional services and outreach programming designed to provide at-risk Veterans and their families with comprehensive assistance to offer aid, resources and hope for Veterans during their time of need. The Journey Home has assisted hundreds of Veterans from many states all across the U.S. since 2014. With dedication to serving those who serve us, our mission states: At The Journey Home, Veterans are our priority. Our mission is to end Veteran homelessness; to connect Veterans to local, regional, and national communities, as together we provide stability, support and interventions so that Veterans are empowered to attain housing and independence. For more information on The Journey Home, visit our website: www.journeyhomevets.org or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/journeyhomevets/.

If you know of a Veteran or the family of a Veteran impacted by this disaster, currently displaced, experiencing homelessness or at-risk of losing their current housing, please contact The Journey Home for help or resources by calling: (765) 595-8297.

To help our Veterans, their families and the efforts of The Journey Home’s Veteran Mobile Disaster Response Team, please visit our website: www.journeyhomevets.org or our Givebutter campaign: https://givebutter.com/JourneyHomeEDRKickoff to make a
donation in support of the Veterans’ Disaster Relief Fund. Donations can also be sent to: The Journey Home at: 325 S. Oak Street, Suite 101, Winchester, Indiana 47394 or by calling: (765) 595-8297.