October 5, 2021

Dear Friends


Restoring Houses of Worship Following Ida

We want to pass along an opportunity to help those in need, and restore Louisiana houses of worship following Hurricane Ida. 

Charitable Fund Established to Restore Louisiana Houses of Worship 

A charitable fund has been established at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to raise funds for supporting churches and houses of worship that were damaged by Hurricane Ida. Hurricane Ida swept through Louisiana in late August, taking out entire small towns, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving more than 1 million people in the dark. Many churches in the path of the storm were damaged, but those pastors and their congregations, as they always do after disasters, quickly returned to serve others. The local church has always been the source of physical, emotional and spiritual support for Louisiana families. The goal of this fund is to help them return strong.

The fund, Restore Hope Louisiana, was organized by Baton Rouge Business Report editor, Rolfe McCollister Jr., who asked the Foundation to manage the fund on his behalf and LFF and Healing Place Church to identify churches in need and the pastors integral to their operations. The group has already identified more than 200 churches in need and that number is growing.

Donors can contribute to the fund at www.restorehopelouisiana.org to help these churches minister hope, help, and heal their communities. Restore Hope Louisiana is a field of interest fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a publicly supported, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, contributions to which are tax deductible.

Click the button below to donate and for more information on how you can help.


Why would government schools silence parents?

Recently, the Jefferson Parish Public School Board voted to eliminate the general public comment period from its meetings. Now, parents cannot attend meetings to express general concerns. They will only be allowed to comment on items specifically on the agenda.

But what if the school board avoids putting a controversial topic on the agenda in order to avoid receiving public comment?

The move on parental rights, free speech, and transparency is escalating. 

Parents need to stay involved!


A lawsuit against the Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette has been rejected…for now. 

Three dozen healthcare workers filed the lawsuit against the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate which stipulates full vaccination or termination. The judge in the case rejected the lawsuit, saying since no one has been fired or penalized yet, the lawsuit should not go forward. 

Only once employees are terminated or their exemption requests are denied will a full lawsuit be considered. 


"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." —Samuel Adams (1749)

Friends, freedom will disappear on our watch, if neglected. 

Talk to your friends and family about what’s happening in our nation. Together, we will inspire, inform, and initiate action to preserve foundational values in Louisiana and our nation.

May God bless you this week!

In His Service,

Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected an attempt to give Washington D.C. residents a voting member in Congress!


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