Statewide Interfaith Group Proposed to Coordinate Hurricane Relief

October 7, 2005

Source: Disaster News Network

On October 7, 2005 Disaster News Network reported, "Representatives from more than a dozen faith groups met Tuesday to discuss forming a statewide interfaith organization aimed at coordinating Louisiana's faith-based relief efforts. After back-to-back hurricanes affected the Louisiana coast in August and September, local faith-based groups from around the state sprang into action to feed, clothe, and shelter those forced to evacuate their homes. The local groups took care of people's emergency needs, said Church World Service Disaster Response and Recovery Liaison Lura Cayton. But what's needed, she said, is a larger organization that can coordinate the long-term efforts of recovery and rebuilding... Roman Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Sikhs have all been invited to be part of the proposed new group... [Rev. Jeff Day, executive director of the Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues] said there is currently no statewide multi-faith organization that can support and coordinate the efforts of local faith-based relief groups."