United Way
 for South Louisiana

 











Mission Statement:
To be recognized as the best caring choice for donors and to provide financial support for local health and human service agencies benefiting our people.

2007 Agency of the Year
St. Vincent dePaul
Triparish Community Pharmacy


Standing from left to right:  Edward R. Bouterie, UWSLA Fund Distribution Chairman 2006;
Mr. Joe Bosworth, St. Vincent dePaul Pharmacy & Ms. Lisa Schilling, 2007 UWSLA Campaign Chairperson

(See 2007 Awards Banquet)


2006 Agency of the Year
Catholic Social Services



Recent years have been extremely challenging for the Fund Distribution Committee of The United Way for South Louisiana. Limited dollars for allocation forced committee teams to focus on the difficult task of prioritizing community need as well as insuring our agencies have the resources needed to sustain their services.   

We are proud that so many of our agencies have understood our limits and have sought new ways of obtaining new sources of revenue to become less dependent on United Way dollars.

Although many of our member agencies routinely go above and beyond what is expected of them, each year one of our member agencies is recognized for outstanding service to our community.

 

In addition to meeting general criteria such as: Timely reporting    
                                                                      Completeness in reporting
                                                                      Sharing Success Stories
                                                                      Pledging Employee Campaign Donations
                                                                      General Campaign Participation
                                                                      Cooperation with United Way policies….
…One agency is selected for exceptional contributions.

During the 2005 hurricane season, several of our member agencies responded to overwhelming demands for emergency services throughout the four-parishes, accommodating needs of victims from both Hurricane Katrina and Rita.  We applaud their continued dedication to meeting these needs.

The 2006 “Agency of the Year” was not only an integral part of this initial emergency response, but has also been instrumental in the long-term recovery of our community – assisting individuals and families in rebuilding their homes and their lives.  In the immediate response, they assisted with shelter organization, provided emergency shelter kits and basic life-necessities, reunited families, facilitated and organized transportation and relocating for the dislocated, paid rent and utility deposits, provided food, clothing, cleaning supplies, household items, and medicine. They established parish-based volunteer “Matthew 25 Response Teams” organizing volunteers to respond to the ongoing physical and spiritual needs of evacuees. With help from a substantial Catholic Charities Grant, secured by its Director, Rob Gorman, the agency will be continuing the rebuilding process by assisting with home renovations and elevations, sewer treatment plants, furniture, and other unmet needs of hurricane victims.

However, Disaster Assistance in only one aspect of this organization’s mission.  As a United Way member Agency since our inception in 1979, this agency presently manages four United Way programs, each in their own right, providing an invaluable service to our community.  They are:

  •  Assisi Bridge House: July 1979 – Present: offering halfway house services to men recovering from addiction

  • St. Lucy’s Day Care and Child Development Center: 1980 – 1981, 1989 – Present: providing quality day care and child developmental services to low and middle income children
  • Lafourche/Terrebonne Good Samaritan Food Banks: 1986 – Present: providing food, personal, and household supplies to those in crisis
  • Project Learn: 1988 – Present: provides tutoring and literacy improvement services

Under the leadership of Executive Director, Rob Gorman, this agency was the first of our member agencies to obtain LANO (Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations) certification- verifying what we already know – that this organization adheres to standards of excellence with efficient, responsible and accountable management.

We are pleased to acknowledge United Way for South Louisiana’s 2006 Agency of the Year, Catholic Social Services.