Non-profit, funded by United Way, helps elderly sisters with Isaac recovery

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Posted on September 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 6:41 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

ST. TAMMANY, La. -- As people start the rebuilding process on the Northshore, many for the second time in seven years, a familiar group is stepping in to take that journey with them.

The Epworth Project is one of 80 non-profits supported by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

The group is making it a priority to help two elderly sisters in Slidell who have lost their homes, which are next door to one another, to another hurricane.

“It was very, very disturbing to have to go through it again," said Eris LaJaunie, 88.

Her older sister, 92-year-old Germaine Pastore’t, said, “It has two sides, bad and very, very good."

That’s because, also for the second time, the Epworth Project is coming to the rescue and taking on the rebuilding for them.

“Driving through the neighborhood and noticed that they had been victims of the hurricane again, with the flood waters," said Susan Arnold, the Epworth Project volunteer coordinator.

The woman are overwhelmed with gratitude.

“You can't do without friends," Pastore’t said. "You just don't."

LaJaunie said tearfully, “I'm very grateful, I am. Thank God for them."

While the Epworth Project has been hands on with homes like these, they get some of their funding from the United Way, and the United Way needs you to help out.

"We work with volunteers to put homes back together,” said Arnold, “So we work with other organizations who are able to raise funding, such as United Way. They filter funding through us and we are able to provide the labor, volunteers to get the work accomplished."

Channel 4 is partnering with the United Way and Tipitina’s to help raise money for flood victims, like these sisters.

We’ll broadcast a benefit concert Friday night, on our sister station WUPL 54 at 8 p.m.

You can also be a part of the live audience at Tipitina’s Uptown, and admission is free from 7 to 9 p.m. if you bring a non-perishable food item.

If you can’t be there, we’ll also have a phone bank set up in the studio to take donations.

And if you want to donate now, you can do that too. Just text WWL to the number “80088” to donate $10 to storm victims through the United Way.

 

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