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"Presbyterians? . . . They stay until it's done!"
-- Overheard at Long Term Recovery Group Meeting
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ABOUT US

Who We Are

The Presbytery of South Louisiana is no stranger to rebuilding and recovery after disaster.  PSL founded Project Homecoming in 2007 which grew into one of the most successful rebuilding organizations in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.  As a result, for nearly a decade, thousands of volunteers rebuilt over 225 homes, many returning again and again. 

When the August 2016 flood inundated 22 Louisiana parishes, PSL congregations sprang into action.  University Presbyterian Church served as a shelter for displaced families in Baton Rouge for over 2 months.  RHINO, a ministry of St. Charles Presbyterian Church in New Orleans led groups of volunteers for several months to gut homes throughout the region.  Many gathered food and funds to help.  Within the week, a meeting was convened to plan the Presbytery's response.  It was clear from the beginning that this would be a lengthy recovery.  PSL quickly approved the creation of our Disaster Response Team and soon after, hired a Disaster Recovery Coordinator to develop and implement the long-term plan.  

With the support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (our national emergency response organization) and its army of PDA volunteers across the country, PSL has established 3 Hubs to provide our volunteers with housing (and hospitality) as well as work supervision to help rebuild the homes and lives of families across South Louisiana who were affected by this flood.  PDA volunteers are often recognized by "The Blue Shirt" that they so proudly wear . . . and by the motto on the back of those shirts that is so much more than just a motto:

Out of chaos, Hope!



Our Work So Far
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MEET
OUR TEAM

Christina came to Louisiana in 2007 as a long-term volunteer to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Arriving with only the possessions that could fit in her car, Christina committed to one year of service at Project Homecoming (PSL's response to Hurricane Katrina).  But 2 months into her service, she knew that one year would never be enough . . . so she stayed for nearly 9 more.  Dubbed "The Construction Goddess" by volunteers, Christina not only taught and supervised volunteers on the work sites, she also developed and a detailed lecture/tour so that every volunteer was educated about the storm and the ongoing challenges of recovery.  During her tenure, she was the most-requested supervisor by volunteers, raised nearly $100,000 for unfunded and underfunded homes, spoke publicly as often as possible and later served as Project Homecoming's AmeriCorps Director.

At the time of the August 2016 LA Flood, Christina was wrapping up her time with Project Homecoming.  As she questioned how she could continue to serve communities, the 2016 Flood was a clear answer. After helping to open and staffing a Red Cross shelter in Hammond, Christina was asked to move to Baton Rouge to design, develop and administer the Presbytery of South Louisiana's response to the flood.  Despite her adoration for New Orleans, the need was so great that she didn't hesitate to accept and has been serving as our Disaster Recovery Coordinator ever since.
Christina Drake
(a.k.a. "The Construction Goddess"_
Disaster Recovery Coordinator