The Long Road Home: Women's Health-Focused Relief Effort

COHI partnered with the Acadiana Outreach Center, a local women's shelter, to support women surviving the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. COHI immediately secured $100,000 in addition to approximately $250,000 worth of medical supply donations, all of which were passed directly to local agencies. The project received additional grants from the Reminderbands organization and the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation in Boston. Through timely support, COHI helped empower the Acadiana Outreach Center to develop a case management center, which hired victims of Katrina and Rita to provide services to hurricane victims who had relocated to the city of Lafayette. In addition, COHI trained these evacuee case managers in women's health, family and gender-based violence identification, counseling, and outreach.