As temperatures drop, a reminder, Catholic Charities of Acadiana is available to serve the community through its shelters.
According to Catholic Charities, more than 100 people will stay in one of their three shelters in Lafayette. Officials say inclement weather is only one of the elements people living on the streets experience. Catholic Charities say the dangers homeless face if they’re sleeping on the streets includes violence, theft and harassment.
For the past several months, the shelters have been running in an emergency state to ensure those who need shelter have it.
Ben Broussard with Catholic Charities said, “The greatest poverty we have here in Lafayette is a spiritual poverty. There is a loneliness and shame for the situation they are in. Often, folks who are experiencing homelessness don’t hear their name enough. If you feel called to it, ask them their name and try to help them any way you can.”
The shelters are in need of hats, gloves, underwear and socks.
Donations can be made at https://bit.ly/2MV0CEB or you can purchase items off Catholic Charities Amazon list at https://amzn.to/2T3GjrQ