If you would like to help our neighbors in Texas and Florida who are reeling from hurricanes, you have a chance to do so this later this week.

A red beans and rice fundraiser will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bucktown Hall, 310 Ash St., Metairie.

Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Ludovicum Council No. 4663 in Metairie, the cost is $10 per person and includes red beans, rice, grilled sausage and bread. You can dine in or take out.

Tickets will be available at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the National Knights of Columbus Disaster Relief Fund for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Suicide prevention  

September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans has launched a crowd-funding campaign to support its Teen Life Counts program.

The school-based suicide prevention and awareness program was established by JFS more than 30 years ago and is offered free to middle- and high-school students at public, private, parochial and charter schools throughout the New Orleans area.

The program also trains faculty, mental health professionals and parents adult “gatekeepers.” About 3,000 students and 300 adults participate each year, learning information and resources to help themselves or others in crisis.

“One of the most powerful things coming out of the workshops is that students feel comfortable reaching out for help, and sometimes the person that wants to help them is sitting right next to them in the classroom,” said Roselle M. Ungar, executive director of JFS.

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Louisiana for people ages 15 to 29, based on the 2013 Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Report. This report also reveals that five out of 25 students in Louisiana have seriously considered committing suicide. This is a wake-up call not only for us, but for the state of Louisiana.”

Primarily driven on social media, the campaign promoted four themes of action from community members: “Break the Stigma,” “Make the Connection,” “Share the Love” and “Be the Bridge.” Each theme has promoted the ability to provide support through communication for vulnerable students.

“To be able to allow us to provide this program for free across the metropolitan area is a win-win for everyone,” Ungar said.

If you would like to make a donation so the TLC program can continue to be offered free of charge, go to www.give.classy.org/teenlifecounts.

And for more information on the program, go to www.jfsneworleans.org/services/teen-life-counts/

Angels' Place fundraiser

Angels’ Place, which provides help for families with critically ill children, will hold its fall fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna.

The event will include food prepared by Café Hope, a fashion show, jewelry, raffles, an auction and a cash bar.

Tickets are $30 per person and are available in advance or at the door.

Angels’ Place is also in need of volunteers to visit hospitalized children for short periods of time and to provide help to their caregivers.

Angels’ Place, organized in 1984, provides respite care along with special events and programs for families and their children with life-threatening illnesses.

For tickets to Saturday’s event or for volunteer information, call (504) 455-2620 or email office@angelsplacenola.org

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com