Bogalusa Rebirth focus of Coalition’s June meeting

Published 12:59 pm Friday, June 25, 2021

The Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services (WPCHS) held its June meeting at ADAPT in Bogalusa.

The guest speaker was Wendy Williams Dupont with Bogalusa Rebirth. She discussed the Affordable Housing Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) assistance, which is available for residents who meet the requirements. Bogalusa Rebirth will be holding its Fifth Annual Housing Resource Fair on Saturday, June 26, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at ESM United Methodist Church. Partners from all over the state will be participating. The housing fair will help residents learn how to become a first-time homeowner.

Dupont also spoke about the Fall 2021 Ramble Tour that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16. The tour will feature historic sites in Bogalusa and around Washington Parish.

Sites that are currently scheduled to be included on the tour are Bogalusa City Hall, Annunciation Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, Railroad Depot & Caboose, Goodyear-Penton Estate, Studio In The Country, Bob Hicks & 1906 Mill Houses, Sullivan House, Coca-Cola Company, Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist Church, Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church. Points of Interest include St. Matthew Episcopal Church and the Berenson-Neilson House. Tickets will go on sell starting Oct. 1, for $50. School teachers and students may purchase tickets for $15.

Those in attendance included: in person, Rusty Fornea, Ginger Champagne, Maddie Champagne, Glory Davis, LaDarrick Smith, Gloria Kates, Regina Meyerchick, Wendy Williams Dupont, Marlaina Dorman, Amber Thomas, Charlette Minor, Sheri Eastridge, Tammy Poplas and Rhonda Gunnell; via Zoom, Katasha August, Donna Davis, Marty Hennegan, Paula Charles, A.J. Sherrard, Selina Gilliland, Brittney Costella and Dana Walker.

The next scheduled meeting for WPCHS will be on Tuesday, July 27, at 9:30 a.m. at ADAPT, 222 Memphis St. in Bogalusa. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Rusty Fornea at 985-735-0160.