Catholic Charities to help Isaac victims

New Orleans — Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans will lead a coalition that will help up to 1,225 people still struggling to rebuild their homes and lives after Hurricane Isaac.

Catholic Charities was selected by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services to administer an $8 million dollar grant from FEMA. Catholic Charities will join with a number of other providers to deliver help across 26 parishes.

Under the program, case managers will guide families and individuals to resources. The program is not designed to provide direct aid, but will help link families to available services and material goods, including long-term sustainable housing, employment, furniture, appliances, counseling services and more.

Catholic Charities will oversee 35 case managers, who will assist individuals and families in assessing their outstanding disaster-caused needs, develop a plan to reach recovery, connect them to available resources that match their needs and monitor the recipients’ progress toward their recovery plan goals.

Those with unmet needs from Hurricane Isaac damage can call(866) 891-2210 to access the program.

Jefferson Chamber wins accreditation

Metairie — The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Jefferson Chamber with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

In order to receive accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology.

The extensive self-review can take six to nine months to complete.

The final determination of accreditation is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members from across the nation.

NORA auctions properties, lots

New Orleans — The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority sold 135 homes and lots at an auction late last month that drew more than 500 people to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

All buyers walked out with fully executed contracts and all closings are scheduled to occur within 30 days, according to a press release.

AmeriBid LLC acted as Auctioneer with Louisiana Real Estate Broker Paul A. Lynn, CCIM.

The properties sold are part of a portfolio of thousands of properties that were sold to the state’s Road Home Program and later obtained by NORA through the Louisiana Land Trust.

Buyers will be required to build or rehabilitate the purchased auction property within 365 days, in accordance with all required building ordinances and codes

The next live auction is planned for fall 2013. To be notified of future NORA auction events, register at www.ameribid.com/nora or www.noraworks.org.

St. Tammany sets pet adoption events

Mandeville — St. Tammany Parish Animal Services will have adoptable pets at Christ Episcopal School’s Art in the Park event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m April 20 at 80 Christwood Boulevard in Covington .

Animal Services also will have its adoption trailer stationed at the Bow Wow Meow Fashion show on from noon to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Lake House in Mandeville, 2025 Lakeshore Drive. The event will raise funds for Worthy Paws St. Tammany.

Run for Health set for Sunday

Metairie — Healthy Lifestyle Choices is holding a Run for Health is a 2-mile walk or run open to all ages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at LaSalle Park Walking Track, 6600 Airline Drive.

Following the run, registered participants will be able to watch the New Orleans Zephyrs take on the Round Rock Express at 2 p.m.

Participants can register on line by visiting www.hlconline.org and will also be available on site before the race.

The $25 registration fee includes entry, T-shirt and individual ticket to New Orleans Zephyrs game. The first 200 teachers to sign up will have their entry fee waived by event sponsors, Sam’s Club and UnitedHealthcare.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices provides behavioral health education curriculum to schools throughout the country, including many schools in the Greater New Orleans area.

Heart Association announces board

New Orleans — The New Orleans American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association (AHA) announced its 2013-2014 board, with Donna Klein of Peoples Health as the chairperson and Robert Matheney of West Jefferson Heart Clinic of Louisiana serving as president.

Other board members are: Terry D’Souza, Valerie Englade, Louis Glade, Thomas Grimstad, David Heitmeier, Kathleen Kennedy, Molly Kimball, Woody Koppel, Gary LaGrange, Robert Lynch, Charles Rice Jr., Roselyn St. Etienne and Barbara Turner Windhorst.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau