NAHC Statement on Those Affected by Hurricane Ida
Washington, D.C. – The devastation on the Gulf Coast has shocked and saddened all of us at NAHC and left us wondering how we can help those affected by the storm. We know the thousands of people who work in home care and hospice in Louisiana, Mississippi, and the rest of the Gulf Coast are dealing with hardship and loss right now, and the task of recovering and rebuilding could last months.
On top of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida, the Gulf Coast is the center of some of the worst outbreaks of the delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Health systems already stretched to the limit will be further challenged by damage caused by the storm.
That is where NAHC and its members come in. Love for our fellow human beings and a willingness to step up and care for those in need is absolutely central to the work of home care and hospice. Wherever you find the most vulnerable among us, there you will also find home care and hospice workers, giving everything they can to bring aid and comfort to those in need.
We must all step forward once again and do all we can to alleviate the suffering in Louisiana, Mississippi, and the rest of the Gulf Coast. If you are looking for ways to help, please consider:
We must all step forward once again and do all we can to alleviate the suffering in Louisiana, Mississippi, and the rest of the Gulf Coast. If you are looking for ways to help, please consider an easy and tax-deductible donation to the Homecare Association of Louisiana’s HomeCare Recovery Fund through their secure online portal at GoFundMe. Your donation will assist home health staff who sustained damage or the loss of property due Hurricane Ida. If you prefer, you can mail your donations to:
HomeCare Association of Louisiana
PO Box 80124
Lafayette, LA 70598
If you want to do more, please consider donating to the following organizations:
The Red Cross has hundreds of trained disaster workers and is poised to provide relief supplies to people in evacuation shelters. In addition, the Red Cross is also preparing to provide blood transfusions to those who need it. Donations can be made through redcross.org, or 800-RED-CROSS, or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana has created a Hurricane Ida disaster relief fund to rebuild and provide long-term assistance, including community grants.
AmeriCares, a health-focused relief and development organization, is responding to Ida in Louisiana and Mississippi, and matching donations.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana has created a Hurricane Ida disaster relief fund to rebuild and provide long-term assistance, including community grants. It is now matching every donation made by the public.
For additional sources of relief, visit www.FEMA.gov