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How to Help/How to Get Help



1-800-462-7285 (Hearing Impaired)
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American Red Cross
Services offered: Providing shelter to evacuees at the Lake Charles Civic Center and Burton Coliseum.
How you can help:
Monetary donations - Make your check out to American Red Cross, put "Katrina" in the memo line. Mail checks or drop them off at:
American Red Cross
3512 Kirkman St.
Lake Charles, LA 70607-1836

To volunteer please call the American Red Cross office at 337-478-5122.
If the phone is busy, please try to call back later.

Memorial Hospital is staffing the Burton Coliseum and needs NICU, RN, and LPNs. Contact Melissa Guillory at 494-2659.

Salvation Army
Services offered: For clothing:
Salvation Army
418 Broad Street.
Lake Charles, LA 70607-1836
For food boxes for those who are housing evacuees:
Salvation Army
3020 Legion Street
Lake Charles, LA 70607
Must bring an ID showing you are from the affected areas.
How you can help:
Monetary donations - Make your check out to the Salvation Army, put "Katrina" in the memo line.
Salvation Army
PO Box 17166
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Volunteers needed to process incoming clothing at the Broad Street location.
Non-perishable foods donated at the Legion Street location.

LA National Guard Families
There are resources to help with shelter, food, clothes, medicine, toiletry items and Wal-Mart gift cards. If you or anyone you know have been in contact with any LANG soldiers or their families from the Greater N.O. area that has evacuated please contact:
Cammi Quinn
Louisiana National Guard
Lake Charles Family Assistance Coordinator
Office 337-491-2536 ext8102
(800) 611-2536 ext8102
Cell 337-842-9991
FAX    337-494-1290

Displaced College Students
If you are a college student enrolled for the fall semester, you can contact or call 1-877-883-5634. They are working to place students in colleges and universities in Texas and Louisiana. The deadline for late registration at many universities is September 13th, so students are encouraged to call as soon as possible.

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
The OHEP has set up a city and parish distribution site at the Burton Coliseum located at the barns and rodeo arena area. This is not with the Red Cross shelter at the Coliseum. The OHEP is asking for non-perishable food items and articles of clothing. The clothing must be sorted by size, gender and packaged or new.

Allen Parish is in critical need of non perishable food items, personal hygiene items, water, and items of clothing. Deliver these to the fairgrounds in Oberlin.

Disabled Veterans
Veterans with any type of service connected disability displaced by Hurricane Katrina, may be eligible for a government grant is not receiving money from Red Cross, FEMA, etc. Call Charles Finney at 1-337-474-3529.

Oberlin Civic Center handing out supplies
The Oberlin Civic Center will be handing out supplies to evacuees until 5 pm today. The center is located off I-65 and West on 5th Avenue.

Relocating to Lake Charles?
Lafitte Self Storage has free sofas, love seats, chairs and tables to anyone who needs furniture. Call Lee or Henry at 436-4042.

Laundry Help for evacuees
Contact Carla LeBoeuf if you want to help with evacuees laundry at 370-5114 or 478-1221. Email address is

Food for evacuees in hotels, etc.
The Abundant Life Fellowship is giving food assistance to evacuees NOT in Red Cross shelters. This week Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm they will be giving away canned food and other packaged foods. Stop by 2001 E. Gauthier Road or call 478-1112 for more information.

Search and Rescue
The Office of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking for volunteers who are certified in Search and Rescue to aid in the rescue efforts in New Orleans. Volunteers must have a current certification in Search and Rescue, a boat, and all the food, water and supplies they will need while in the affected areas. People can call 225-765-2706 if they have a boat and want to help.

If you have aircraft and can pilot a rescue mission, please call 225-342-2462.

Information about damaged areascall the local OEP numbers below


EBR PARISH OEP: 225-389-2100

WBR PARISH OEP: 225-346-1577



ORLEANS PARISH OEP: 504-415-1158

ST. BERNARD PARISH OEP: 504-278-4267

ST. CHARLES PARISH OEP: 985-783-5050

ST. JOHN PARISH OEP: 985-652-2222



Banking Information

Click here to get more information on your banking situation after Katrina.

Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Line


Housing Assistance

Lake Charles: 337-436-7628

Calcasieu Parish: 337-721-3577

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Lake Area

call toll free to the state hotline 1.800.924.0431

School Enrollment
Refugee students that are not housed at the Lake Charles Civic Center should report to the
Child Welfare and Attendance Office at 2423 6th Street. (former Rosteet Junior High)

Calcasieu School Enrollment - 337-491-1600
Acadia Parish School Enrollment call Jill Doga 783.3664

Click here for Medical Help/Needs/Volunteers

Enrollment for Loyola NO students
Loyola New Orleans has cancelled classes for the fall semester and will re-open January 2006.
A temporary mailing address has been set up: Loyola University New Orleans, Central Louisiana Business Incubator, 1501-A Wimbledon Suites 148-150, Alexandria, LA 71301.

Help for home schooled children
Southwest Louisiana Christian Home Educators Fellowship
Contact Michael Kane,

Call 337-855-6049

Donate School Supplies
You can donate school supplies and school uniforms for evacuees at the
Curriculum and Instruction Building
600 South Shadduck Street in Lake Charles
or make monetary donations to:
Calcasieu Parish School Board
PO Box 800
Lake Charles, LA 70602

Clothing Drive

The Baptist Minister's Union is holding a clothing drive/giveaway for people affected by Katrina. They will be giving away clothing at 1401 Moeling St each day until 5 pm. Call 433-0122.

Food Stamps Hotline


Hotel Information


Meals - Abraham's Tent
Services offered: Providing lunch between 11:30am-12:30pm to those in need at 2300 Fruge St. Groceries are available as well - must have New Orleans identification.
How you can help:
Monetary donations - Make your check out to
Abraham's Tent
2300 Fruge St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

They will also accept non-perishable food donations. They can be dropped off at Abraham's Tent from 8am until 2pm.

Feeding Evacuees at the Red Cross Shelter in Lake Charles
Tax Assessor Richard Cole is cooking 3 meals a day for the evacuees at the Lake Charles Civic Center. He is asking for donations of institutional sized food items, and fresh or frozen meats or fish. If you would like to help cook or drop off a donation, stop by the kitchen located on the south side of the Civic Center. For more information call the American Red Cross Food Hotline 337-475-7096.

Volunteers needed to serve meals at Red Cross Shelters in Lake Charles
If you would like to help, stop by the volunteer table located inside the Civic Center or at Burton Coliseum. Servers needed each day at:
7am - Breakfast
11am - Lunch
4pm - Dinner

St. Henry Knights of Columbus Drive
The St. Henry Knights of Columbus, Columbian Squires, 107 Jamz, St. Henry Youth Alive, St. Henry Pro-life ministry, St. Henry Knights and St. Peter Claver are collecting these items for Katrina evacuees: small toys, baby formula, baby wipes, combs, conditioner, bottled water, sports drinks, toothbrushes, t-shirts, deodorants, pillows, lotions, diapers, mouthwash, blankets, underwear (boys and girls), sheets, pillowcases, brushes, shampoos, coloring books, socks, soap, towels, powder, toothpaste. These items can be delivered to the St. Henry parish office building now through Friday morning, and Saturday to the St. Henry Old Hall beginning at 8 a.m., located on the Southeast corner of 8th and 3rd Street.

How to help in Moss Bluff .

How to help in Kinder
Donations for evacuees in Kinder can be directed to the Kinder Police Department 337.738.2600 or 1st Baptist Church of Kinder 337.738.2443. They are in need of comfort items, paper products, toiletries, feminine products, and diapers.

How to help in Vinton
There are already 100 refugees in a Vinton shelter and the shelter is in need of items such as mattresses, linens, pillows, towels, clothing (adult & children), toiletries, can goods, etc. They are accepting everything but perishable foods. These items can be dropped off at 1315 Horridge Street (the former Lagniappe Food Store) in Vinton. The contact person for this shelter is Becky Johnson and she can be reached at 337-589-7453.

How to help in DeRidder
Donations for evacuees in DeRidder can be made the First National Bank in DeRidder. The fund is called the "VFW Hurricane Relief Fund" and donations can be made to account number 1058886.

How to help in Sulphur
Services offered: Care Help of Sulphur is helping evacuees who have set up residency in Sulphur and Carlyss. Also providing food items to families in need who are housing evacuees.
How you can help: They are in need of non perishable food items, and household items such as toiletries, beds and bedding, pots and pans, etc. Monetary donations are also accepted.
Care Help of Sulphur
200 North Huntington
Sulphur, LA 70663

Shelter for Pets
Services offered: by the Calcasieu Parish Animal Service & Adoption Center 337.439.8879.
How you can help:
They are in need of kennels, leashes, cat and dog food, kitty litter and litter pans, pet bedding, food dishes, bleach and cleaning supplies. Drop off donations at:
Calcasieu Parish Animal Service and Adoption Center
5500-A Swift Plant Road
Lake Charles, LA 70615
it is east on Broad St. past the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Shelter at Messiah Baptist Church
Services offered: They are currently housing 70+ evacuees. They may be able to take a few more - call Reverend Owens at 491.0644.
How you can help:
They are in need of paper towels, bath towels, canned goods, blankets and mattresses.
Messiah Baptist Church
2605 Hwy 171 North
Lake Charles, LA 70165
2 blocks past Medora St.

Shelter at Reeves Temple
Services offered: They are currently housing 16+ evacuees. They are able to take a few more - call Reverend Williams at 436.7861
How you can help:
They are in need of toiletries, feminine hygiene products, and towels.
Reeves Temple
1400 Winterhalter Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Shelter near Reeves
Services offered: They are currently housing 140 evacuees. They may be able to take around 50 men and women- call Camp Pearl 337.666.2443.
Camp Pearl
1132 Camp Pearl Road
Reeves, LA 70658

Other Faith-based Organizations

Operation Blessing 1-800-436-6348

America's Second Harvest 1-800-344-8070

Adventist Community Services 1-800-381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA 703 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee 1-800-848-5818

Church World Service 1-800-297-1516

Convoy of Hope 417-823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response 800-638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service 717-859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response 888-256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 800-872-3283

Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief 1-800-462-8657, ext.6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief 1-800-554-8583

Help for farmers affected by Katrina
Farm Service Agency Online and the USDAonline

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