In August 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana experienced what is now known as the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In one week, approximately six trillion gallons of rain fell onto the historic capital. As a result, over 120,000 business and homes were flooded.
As we applaud every organization and all volunteers that continue to assist in the rebuild of Baton Rouge, we would like to recognize one individual and company in particular – Lynn Clark, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lynn Clark has lived in Baton Rouge for 23 years. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity for 13 years and has served as the Executive Director for nine years. Lynn’s commitment to Habitat for Humanity grew when she worked for a Catholic church and Habitat for Humanity was one of the church’s ministries. Lynn was “very impressed with its mission and focus about people helping themselves to achieve home ownership.”
Lynn is responsible for spearheading the construction of 20 homes per year for those who are achieving home ownership for the first time. Since the August 2016 flood, Lynn and a host of volunteers have been assisting families to rebuild their homes. They have set a goal of rebuilding 100 houses in a year.
In November 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge partnered with Mrs. Tina Knowles-Lawson, Essence Magazine and Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD, for the “Love on Louisiana” initiative where students and teachers were recognized for their community service. In addition, over 800 Baton Rouge residents received a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, a Thanksgiving turkey and a pair of Jordan’s. “It was so inspiring and energizing and I think it renewed our faith that people from around the country do care about each other and want to support and help,” says Lynn.
Lynn estimates that it takes between $30,000 – $50,000 to rebuild a home and she believes every penny counts. To help the thousands of families displaced by the flooding, log onto www.habitatbrla.org. You can make a donation, volunteer your time or purchase materials needed to rebuild the homes. “We can all see from the flood, from hurricanes, from fires, that shelter is an undeniable and important need that every single person has and so I think that every single person deserves some place to live and that’s why I am so committed to what our mission is,” says Lynn Clark.
WORDS BY SHEAN ENGLAND