Coalition hears from legal services rep

Published 5:54 am Friday, May 26, 2017

The Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services recently heard a presentation from Marie A. Wright, a representative of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) for 19 years.

Wright provided information on successions and how to acquire title to inherited property. She is the managing attorney for the Civil General Unit. The meeting was held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist Church.

“My goal is saving homes and providing low income families with legal services,” Wright said, during her presentation.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services offers civil legal aid to low-income people. All services are free and often result in better long-term solutions for clients. Families may be eligible if the family income is at or below 200 percent of poverty guidelines. More information can be found at or

Tracy Gill, coalition coordinator from ADAPT and The Louisiana Partnership for Success, explored underage drinking and prescription drugs in an Action Plan for the Prevention Connection Sub-Committees.

Recognition certificates were given to Bogalusa’s 2017 valedictorians, Darilyn Lee and Diamond Martin, from coalition president Gloria Kates.

Angela Houlemard from Washington Parish Community Health Center invited people to make appointments at 2807 S. Columbia St. or by calling 985-730-7310 for pediatric and adult services. The services are available through Medicaid, Medicare, commercial insurance and uninsured.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m. at Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist Church in Bogalusa, with a preliminary committee meeting at 8:30 a.m. Healthy refreshments will be served.

The coalition involves people who represent flood recovery, business, civic groups, health care professionals, law enforcement, media, parents, faith organizations, schools, state government agencies, substance abuse organizations, youth and youth-serving organizations. The coalition is open to all.

To find out more about the Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services, visit online at or like the coalition on Facebook at WPCHS. Find and follow the coalition on Twitter at, or on Instagram at

This article was written by Gail Brigham, the treasurer of the Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services.