Our Story and Mission

Empowering Rural Communities for Sustainable Lifestyles

Since our formation in 2009, Benevolent Rural Alliance for Cultural and Environmental Strategies (B.R.A.C.E.S.) has been dedicated to improving the lives of rural populations. Our organization was born out of the ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, when agencies and organizations working with rural communities came together to develop strategies for addressing the unique needs of these populations.

At B.R.A.C.E.S., our goal is to develop innovative strategies that can help rural communities and their residents obtain and maintain self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyles. We firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive and lead fulfilling lives, regardless of their geographical location.

Through partnerships and collaborations, we have provided vital assistance to families in need. Our HUD-funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing grants have made a tangible impact in St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes, along with the Emergency Shelter Grant for the City of Hammond. Additionally, our collaboration with the Florida Parish Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (FPVOAD) has allowed us to extend our support to clients affected by Hurricane Isaac in Livingston and St. John the Baptist Parishes.

Under the visionary leadership of our Co-Founder and Executive Director, Toni Jackson, B.R.A.C.E.S. has successfully implemented services such as case management, temporary shelter, utility payment assistance, homeless prevention, USDA-approved Home Buyer Education classes, financial literacy/capacity workshops, financial coaching, and disaster case management. Our expertise and success have led to invitations to share our strategies with organizations across Louisiana.

Join us as we continue to impact, empower, and improve rural populations. Together, we can create sustainable change and build stronger communities.

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