Grant To Help Low-Income South Mississippi Families Rebuild

About 200 low-income families will have help getting their homes rebuilt, thanks to a Gulf Coast Community Foundation grant of $25,000 to Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response.

LSSDR has been extensively involved in the rebuilding effort immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

The grant comes from the Foundation's Wachovia Rebuilding South Mississippi Fund, established by Wachovia Corporation to help nonprofit agencies address the long-term needs of individuals and communities recover and rebuild following Hurricane Katrina.

"Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response is very grateful to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for this generous grant," said Jerilyn Dufresne, state coordinator for the organization.

"This grant will strengthen our collaborative efforts as members of the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Taskforce," said Dufresne.

LSSDR will coordinate skilled volunteer labor, provide the necessary construction materials and offer case management services to the families. Those services include recovery plans tailored to each family's needs and referrals to other community resources.

Since Katrina struck, LSSDR, the local affiliate for Lutheran Disaster Response, has helped more than 3,000 low-income homeowners in Mississippi with clean up, minor repairs and rebuilding. LSSDR is also involved in serving those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana and Texas.

In addition to case management and repair/rebuilding activity, the agency offers special programs for children who have suffered emotionally as a result of experiencing the storms, and/or having relatives and friends affected directly by the storms.

For more information about LSSDR, please call (228) 385-0561.