The Acadian Baptist Center in Richard is the temporary home for a volunteer disaster relief organization. The Southern Baptist Convention offers assistance, free of charge to flood damaged homes in Acadia Parish. Over 40 volunteers, split into teams, have been assessing and working in towns such as Eunice, Rayne, Richard and Church Point.
Richard Knight, a volunteer, said, "We gave assesses that go in and check the damage, and we have chaplains that council the people during the tragedy." The unit, having just returns from leading help in New York due to Hurricane Sandy, often help during disasters. They mainly assist elderly residents, widows and those who cannot easily receive help cleaning after a disaster. Once they determine who needs assistance most, teams head to work. Some teams assists in tree and outside debris removal, while others focus on the interior. Interior work includes cleaning homes that have mud in them or removing furniture, carpet and moldy or wet insulation. Knight explained that he knows the importance of getting to a home quick once a flood, fire or other disaster strikes.
"As disaster relief, we need to go in immediately and remove any damage, spray any mold, make sure there is no bacteria so people can begin to clean their homes and move on."
Volunteers will be in the area for another week. To see how to qualify, call the Acadian Baptist Center at (337)-457-9047.