Since 1976, one New Iberia nonprofit organization has been helping their neighbors in need.
Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center started out as a community resource for food and clothing has graduated to something much larger over the years.
“We started with food and clothing and now we do utility assistance, housing assistance, and other things that people may need,” said Carol Gaignard the nonprofit’s executive director.
Since she retired 16 years ago, she has volunteered her time to help people in difficult situations.
“When I was in government I was always in worker protection, civil rights areas and things like that,’ she said. “I’ve always been interested in helping people. You can ask any of the people here, we do this because we love the Lord.”
Shantelle Moses is a client at the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center.
She said the staff and services are gifts from above.
“It’s a blessing to know there are people out there that still care and are willing to show you that there are still good people that are willing to help you get through whatever it is you’re going through,” the New Iberia resident said.
John Davis has been coming to the center for more than 30 years. Davis said the crew at Disch-Decluet have been a big help when falls on hard times.
He said he doesn’t know what he’d so if the aid wasn’t available.
“I don’t know what would happen. Sometimes I can’t pay my bills and they help me,” he said.
In 2018 the center fulfilled 4000 requests for financial assistance.
On giving day, 100 percent of the donations will go toward utility and housing needs for their clients.
The Disch-Decluet Center also provides more than 60 tons of food the needy in their community.
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