Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center

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40th Anniversary - A Ceremony of Thanksgiving

40 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

On February 16, 2016, the Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary. New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry and Parish President Larry Richard proclaimed it Disch-DeClouet Social Social Service Center in New Iberia and Iberia Parish and encouraged all citizens…to join with them in reaffirming their commitment to help our neighbors in need this day and throughout the year.

Judge Lori Landry sets the tone for the Ceremony of Thanksgiving. Her remarks were informative, moving and humorous. She was our perfect Mistress of Ceremonies. Rev. Shawn Watson, Pastor of Star Pilgrim Baptist Church was our gracious host, welcoming us and leading us in prayer.

Deacon Chris Doumit, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Loreauville, reminded those of us involved in the Center’s ministry that we need to come apart and rest in the Lord from time to time, as Jesus did, then get up refreshed and tend His sheep.

Many supporters were recognized. Here are a few:

The Milk Fund
The Milk Fund 2016
Special Recognition
Special Recognition
Volunteers of the Year
Volunteers of the Year

 

January 2017 Summary of Services

The Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center has provided assistance in the month of January 2017 as follows:

•    Food: 381 families
•    Clothing: 87 families
•    Milk fund: 26 new families and SNAP clients received 190 gallons of milk
•    Prayer & Counseling: 472 persons
•    Dentist/doctor/medicine: 21 persons
•    $2,755 in housing assistance to 63 families
•    $15,052 in utility assistance to 373 families
•    $1,891 in other financial assistance including food, bus tickets, burial assistance, I.D.'s, etc.

In the month of January 2017, 1,294 persons in 482 families were helped in some way at the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center. God bless you.

This month we were able to help a woman who has always worked as a cashier and only comes to the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center when either her hours are cut or she has an extra large expense. She has only come three times since 2007, twice in 2015 and last week. She is caring for her 11 year old grandchild. She did not get many hours on her job during the last pay period, so she asked for a little help with food, milk, a utility bill and prayer for her granddaughter. We were able to help her with the food, milk and utility bill and were happy to pray with her for her granddaughter, for God's protection and that she does well in school. The woman was very happy and grateful for the assistance.


He sins who despises the hungry, but happy is he who is kind to the poor!
Proverbs 14:21

Other Activities & Information

  • Our mission is to serve the poor and needy of Iberia Parish with immediate assistance for critical and basic human needs. We treat clients with respect, dignity, and cheerfulness; counseling them on personal and financial issues; encouraging them; and praying with them if they wish.
  • In 2016, the Social Service Center continued to serve with outstanding support from the community. About 60% of our funding was directly from individual donors. We also received funds from several local Churches, Iberia Parish, and the United Way of Iberia. Our staff consists of 35 dedicated volunteers.
  • Clothing is received from individuals, from local retailers and from Coats for Kids, a Community First Bank Drive. We purchase food for the Food Pantry and also receive food from Second Harvest Food Bank, the Food Net food drive, food drives at schools, Churches and other organizations and individual food donations. Because of generous donors, we were able to give about 150 Christmas toys, school supplies to over 50 children, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and other special items. We thank God for His care of the poor through our wonderful benefactors.
  • The median age of our clients is 50. 60% of our clients are unable to work because of age or health. Over 90 of our clients were homeless or transient. Over 1000 of the households we serve have children. Clients can get help once a month, but most of our clients come less than five times a year.
  • DiaperBank of Iberia—The Center and United Way started the DiaperBank of Iberia. Faithful contributors are Catholic High, Les Jeune Amis, Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Beta Clubs. We provided thousands of diapers in 2016 to mothers in need.