Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center

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2017 Ceremony of Thanksgiving

Annual Lenten Campaign

Each year we hold an Annual Lenten Campaign to help ensure that we do not have to cut back on client services.  At the kickoff of our 2017 Lenten Annual Campaign, we thanked God for blessing the Center and its clients, benefactors and volunteers for another year.  Andy Soileau and Connie Comeaux were recognized in a special way.

Andy Soileau -  2017 Community Supporter of the YearAndy Soileau is presented with the Community Supporter of the Year Award by Anesha Burgess, Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Andy Soileau (pictured above) -  2017 Community Supporter of the Year

Richard “Andy” Soileau is the owner of Soileau’s Pharmacy.  Throughout the years, Andy has been the “go to” pharmacist for the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center.  He and his staff always answer our questions promptly and help us make the right choices in serving our clients’ needs for medicine.  Not only does he serve our clients professionally and courteously, he has given us a discount on their medicine for years.  Andy’s giving spirit has been recognized by the Jaycees, the Kiwanis Club, and the Chamber of Commerce which named him Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Andy states, “I am grateful for being able to help those in need, but I could not do it without the tremendous support of our community.”  Andy is married to Donna and they have  5 children and 6 grandsons.

Connie Comeaux  - 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Connie Comeaux is presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award by Joanie Kraker, President of the Board of Directors.

Connie Comeaux (pictured above, left) - 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Mrs. Connie B. Comeaux is very proactive in her ministry at the Center.  Not only does she serve the clients with compassion and kindness, she developed our recycling program which has resulted in our saving over a thousand dollars a year in waste disposal fees.  She takes it upon herself to keep us organized with many office procedures and supplies.  Connie donates “ditty bags” with toiletries and other items for the homeless clients we serve.  She has served as the Chairwoman of the 40th Anniversary Celebration last year.  Connie also enters our daily activities into the computer in addition to serving clients. No task is too large or too small for her willing spirit. 

Connie stated, “I enjoy seeing the clients and guiding them to a closer relationship with our Lord, praying with them for their families.  I like to find resources in the community that can help them with their situations, especially finding employment.  The other volunteers are such a blessing to me and to the clients.  The volunteer activity and prayer activity is a special part of my week.”

Connie is married to Gene Comeaux and has two children and four grandchildren.  Connie is a retired school librarian.

St. Edward Milk Fund

As part of the year-long celebration of its 100th Anniversary, St. Edward Church is having a special collection each month to help the poor and needy of the community.  The first gift was presented by Deacon Raymond Derouen (right) to Louis and Carol Gaignard (left and center) of the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center for the Milk Fund.  The Pastor, Father Thomas Vu, and the Church membership wanted to give at least 100 gallons of milk to the children of New Iberia in honor of the Church's 100th Anniversary.  

Paying It Forward

Aston, McKenzie and Seagan

For the past 5 years Seagan and Ashton Segura have collected food for the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center on Terrell Court in New Iberia.  This year they enlisted the help of their cousin, McKenzie Briscoe, and added Astor Place to the collection area.  Residents of the two streets were asked to put any donations outside the door and, with the help of Mom and Dad (Chris and Laurie Segura), the three cousins picked up the donations.  This year they collected over 800 pounds of food from generous neighbors.  It's all about neighbors helping neighbors in need.  Center Director, Carol Gaignard thanked the Seguras for their annual project.  "This family does something very meaningful together as a way of thanking God for His blessings.  We challenge other families on other streets to do the same...Paying it forward."


October 2017 Monthly Report

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

  • Food ------------------------  439 families
  • Clothing  -------------------  99  families
  • Milk fund ------------------- 30  families  received 156 gallons of milk
  • Prayer & counseling ------  541  persons
  • Dentist/doctor/medicine -- 10  persons
  • $ 2,663  in housing assistance to  63 families
  • $ 17,731 in utility assistance to 454 families
  • $ 2,530 in other financial assistance including diapers, food, bus tickets, burial assistance, I.D.’s, etc.

In the month of October 2017, 1,525 persons in 550 families were helped in some way at the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  God bless you.

One example of a family helped this month is a grandfather who is disabled and caring for his grandson.  His only source of income is Social Security.  We were able to help the family with food, milk, and the water bill.  We also prayed with him that God would protect his grandchild and he would do well in school.  He was very grateful.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
~Mark 12:31

May we see Him in our neighbors in need this day.