LAURENT PROJECT

OUR MISSION

To spread the exponential love of Christ as we provide basic housing items to families needing to get back on their feet. 

OUR PURPOSE

Our purpose is to help individuals who have received government housing and are in need of other home items. Through this project we can provide support to families who have received government assistance and better the chances of them having to go through life homeless.  A primary problem with homelessness is the cycle that comes with being on and off the streets. The likelihood a person gets off the streets and stays off is extremely low.  By providing basic necessities, the people we are blessed to help increases the chances for a successful life.

WHY IT MATTERS

When this project was started, research on the cycle of homelessness was done. One of the causeses of homelessness showed that families getting off the streets, with funding for housing, would often have to spend their first pay checks on housing items necessary for living: bedding, towels, dishes, etc. Often, this could put a family behind on bills or other expenses causing them to loose their housing. LAURENT Squared, when providing housing essentials, provides a sense of stability for people in new housing situations and therefore increases the likelihood of ending their homeless cycle.

LAURENT LAFARGUE

LAURENT LAFARGUE

THE MAN BEHIND THE VISION

This project has been put together in honor of Laurent Lafargue. Laurent had a heart like no other. He loved  being involved in missions and always worked to make the world a better place. Laurent inspired many in his work and offered everything he could. Laurent especially had a heart for homeless people and families. One of the stories that his wife, Beth, loved to share is the one where he ran to the gas station and came back with a veteran who was barely making it. Laurent put the man up in a hotel room and helped him out. He became the Mission Chair here at First United Methodist Church of Hammond and was always looking for new mission to help. His love for theater supported our Wing and a Prayer Productions and his love for food served many homeless people in the Hammond area. He helped kick off Servolution and used his special meatball recipe for smaller meals on the church property. 

NEXT DROP OFF DAY IS OCTOBER 20th FROM 9:00am to 12:00pm in Ciruti Hall

WAYS TO HELP

  • Donate Items
  • Volunteer Time
  • Event Fundraisers
  • Host a Drop Day
  • Refurbish Items
  • Vehicle Transports
  • Publicize L2
  • Monetary Donation

ITEMS NEEDED

DROP OFF DAY 3rd SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

REUSED FURNITURE

  • Kitchen table & chairs
  • Sofa, sleeper sofa or futon
  • Upholstered easy chairs
  • Non-glass- topped coffee tables and end tables
  • Chest of drawers and Dressers
  • Headboards and frames
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Night stands
  • Small desks

SMALL APPLIANCES

  • TVs
  • VCR/DVD players
  • Radios
  • Microwaves
  • Crock pots
  • Toasters
  • Coffee pots/coffee makers
  • Alarm clocks
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Fans

KITCHEN

  • Dishes and drinking glasses
  • Coffee mugs
  • Eating and serving utensils
  • Sharp knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Can openers
  • Graters and Vegetable peelers
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots/pans

KITCHEN CONT...

  • Cookie sheets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Serving bowls
  • Ice trays
  • Dish towels, oven mitts, hot pads
  • Salt/pepper shakers, sugar bowls
  • Drain boards
  • Sandwich bags, foil, plastic wrap

LAUNDRY

  • Laundry basket
  • Ironing boards/irons
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes hangers

BED AND BATH LINENS

  • Sheets
  • Comforters/Blankets
  • Mattress pads
  • Towels, washrags, bathmats
  • Shower curtains and rings

CLEANING SUPPLIES

  • Paper towels/holders
  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen & bath cleaners
  • Trash cans/liners
  • Toilet bowl brush sets
  • Mops, brooms, dust pans

ACCESSORIES

  • Lamps
  • Pictures/artwork for walls
  • Mirrors for walls
  • Flower vases

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Welcome mats
  • Throw rugs
  • Sewing kits
  • Extension cords/surge protectors

WE CANNOT ACCEPT

  • Pianos
  • Game tables
  • Exercise equipment
  • Hospital beds
  • Waterbeds

WE CANNOT ACCEPT

  • Worn furniture with rips, tears, stains, or visible pet hair
  • Furniture in need of major repair to be usable
  • Large desks, file cabinets, office furniture
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Large appliances

WE CANNOT ACCEPT

  • Computers
  • Books, clothing
  • Toys, car seats, strollers, playpens
  • Cribs, changing tables, and other baby’s furniture

CONTACT US

2200 Rue Denise, Hammond La 70403

Church Office Hours: 8:00 – 5:00 Monday-Friday

Church Office: closed daily 12:30 – 1:30 

Church Office: 985-345-2196

Church Email: umc@fumc-hammond.org

Fax: 985-345-2116

Preschool: 985-542-6689