Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center

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JOHN INDEST AND THE LHC GROUP

2018 Community Supporters of The Year

The Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center Community Supporters of the Year for 2018 are Mr. John “Johnny” Indest and the LHC Group.  Founded and y served the LHC Group until the time of his retirement as President and COO.  Johnny continues to serve as a consultant and is on the Board of Directors.

Johnny IndestSince his retirement he has been dedicated to the Center and to God’s beloved poor.  His commitment and generosity are exemplary as he have been the anchor of our ministry on Wednesdays, training and developing new counselors, providing clients with spiritual guidance and prayer and so many other things.  He is always smiling, compassionate and caring.  He reaches out to the community to spread the news of the work that we do at the Center.   He has served on the Board of Directors and is a critical member of our Development Committee.  His company, the LHC Group, donates all the materials we use in our Annual Lenten Campaign.  These donations have saved us thousands of dollars in fundraising expenses, so that these dollars can go directly to helping our clients.

SUSAN D’AVY

2018 Volunteer of The Year

The Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center Volunteer of the Year for 2018 is Mrs. Susan Thibeaux D’Avy.  Susan has demonstrated commitment and generosity in serving the poor and needy of Iberia Parish as a Counselor for 29 years; a Board member for 16 years; Board President for 6 years; and Program Director for 15 years.

Susan DAvy

During that time, she has been dedicated to the Center and God’s beloved poor, while raising a beautiful family (including bringing baby Sally to work before it was a “thing”) and caring for her mother and grandchildren.  She worked closely with Paul and Shirley DeClouet for many years, helping them with administrative work, meetings and personal issues.  She also willingly takes care of the Milk Fund, Second Harvest activities, and represents the Center at meetings, etc.  She trains and develops new counselors, provides the clients with spiritual guidance and prayer and so many other things.  She is always smiling, compassionate and caring, so that each client feels specially loved by her and Jesus.

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."

 

November 2018 Monthly Report

The Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center has provided assistance in the month of December 2018 as follows:

  • Food ------------------------ 268 families
  • Clothing  -------------------  91 families
  • Milk fund -------------------  45  families  received 272 gallons of milk
  • Prayer & counseling -------  322  persons
  • Housing  assistance -------  35  families
  • Utility assistance-----------  282 families
  • Other assistance including diapers, transportation assistance, burial assistance, I.D.’s, etc.

In the month of December 2018, 961 persons in 344 families were helped in some way at the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center.  In 2018, clients have received $156,382 in financial assistance, plus food, clothing, diapers, bedding and other non-financial assistance.  Thank you for your prayers and financial support.  It is truly needed and greatly appreciated.  God bless you.

Recently, a mother of three children came for help.  She had been laid off but was working odd jobs until she can find a regular job.  The layoff was particularly devastating at this time of year.  We were able to help her with 8 gallons of milk, food, toys and her electric bill.  We were also able to talk to her about her job search and give her information about it.  She was particularly grateful for the milk and the toys for her children.

 

Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others.

~Pope Francis