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Every year, Rebuilding Together Acadiana teams up with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette AmeriCorps members to provide critical services across Acadiana. Since the beginning of September we have already completed the construction of two wheelchair ramps as a part of our Ramps&Rails program. UL AmeriCorps members will assist us in a broad range of projects throughout their service terms, but they truly make up the back bone of our Ramps&Rails team. We look forward to being a host site for members every year, and UL members bring a fresh perspective and vitality each day they serve on our sites. Over the upcoming Fall semester, we will host seven UL AmeriCorps members.

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It has been a month since record rainfall tragically flooded our state and people are still struggling to recover. The flood waters have receded and Rebuilding Together Acadiana is currently helping in the clean-up process. In partnership with AmeriCorps members through University of Louisiana Lafayette,  NCCC and ADRT and collaborations with other organizations like Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, we have been serving throughout the community to help those whose homes are still being threatened by the after effects of the historic flooding here in Acadiana.

The relief effort is ongoing and Rebuilding Together Acadiana is proud to lead in that effort.  We are preparing for the transition to home rebuilding and are looking forwards to helping families return to their homes and lives!



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This Semester has been a good one. We built 8 ramps with the help of some local volunteers and University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps members. The semester also brought along the end of Brooks Carroll’s term of service with Rebuilding Together Acadiana. We will miss everyone that we’ve had to say goodbye to, but are very thankful for the time we’ve shared with them!!!

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Our CapacityCorps members are required to develop a service project during their year with us.  This past Saturday our members worked with a Ranger at Chicot State Park to build a new trail bridge and perform maintenance on others.  Check them out!

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A throwback to the last time Rebuilding Together Acadiana hosted the annual Martin Luther King, Jr event to celebrate the news that we will be hosting again this coming January!  This is just one of the homes that AmeriCorps members worked on during the week long event in 2010.  We’re very excited to have them back!


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As I suspect most of y’all know, our Ramps and Rails program is a hallmark of Rebuilding Together Acadiana.  Through a partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s AmeriCorps program, we are able to build a ramp a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Our crew members this semester have already proven themselves incredibly dedicated and awesome people!  They have already finished two ramps and will be doing another this week.

Thanks for all your hard work guys, looking forward to the rest of the semester!


Weds Crew

Eric, Brittany and Christina bright eyed and ready to work.


Aimee, Arnelle, and Nia (and the ladies of RTA) with their first completed ramp!

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So, as y’all probably know, our Ramps and Rails program is a big part of what we do here at Rebuilding Together Acadiana.  Our partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps program has enabled us to build an average of 7 wheelchair ramps for homeowners in Acadiana every semester.

But sometimes we get a crew willing to work during the summer gap.  And sometimes, that crew is our amazing intern Adrianna, a visiting CapacityCorps member from Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (hi, Alison!) and our own CapCorps alum, Erika.  These gals came together to build a ramp for Ms. Brenda at the beginning of July (apparently, they aren’t scared of the heat!)

This particular ramp might have also been built on the last two days of CapacityCorps service of one Ms. Julia Judge, so it was extra special.

Hope y’all are having a great summer, we sure are!

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