The Working Interfaith Network of Baton Rouge - $60,000
While in Baton Rouge, Jacob Fain met with the Working Interfaith Network (WIN), a PICO faith based community organizing network that is part of the state wide LIFT (Louisiana Interfaith Together) network. This coalition of more than 30 churches in Baton Rouge has a tremendously important role in coordinating the relief to reconstruction transition for that city. Many of the churches are providing direct relief services, and WIN is helping them do that. WIN/LIFT staff are engaged in a massive effort to work in both large official shelters and smaller community-run shelters to listen to the needs of families, help them access services and provide a way for them to act together to protect their interests. They have expressed a need to add staff to teach and coach displaced families in obtaining the short and long-term assistance and building the organization they need to rebuild their lives.