“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” advised Deacon Lois Mayberry, Disaster Relief Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. The initial wave of support for families impacted by the storm enabled many to take care of their immediate needs. Still, in the coming months, returning to normal life can be a test of energies, resources, even faith.

Church of the Ascension is working to create a support network where people can share stories, information and strategies to meet the challenges of recovery from the flood. This network will begin Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 pm, at Church of the Ascension and continue every two weeks.

This network is with the cooperation of Dr. Sasha J. Lambert, a fully state licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Lafayette. She received her Doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Lambert lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, when Hurricane Katrina hit both Mississippi and Louisiana, and she provided outreach and counseling to those who were affected by the storm. She has experienced first-hand the lingering effects that natural disasters can have on individuals and communities. In private practice, Dr. Lambert specializes in forensic evaluations and treatment, substance abuse counseling, trauma counseling, and work with both adults and adolescents.

If you or someone you know might want to participate, please contact the rector by telephone 337-232-2732 or email ascensionrector@yahoo.com to sign up or to seek more information.