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Local volunteer group searching for a new location to feed the homeless in Downtown Lafayette

The Homeless Outreach of Acadiana is looking for a permanent location to feed the homeless every Thursday.

Posted: Jul 10, 2021 10:42 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- A local volunteer group is searching for a new location to feed the homeless in downtown Lafayette.

The Homeless Outreach of Acadiana gathers downtown every Thursday to feed the homeless. However, recently they have been told that they have to go.

Courtesy of Lianne Dick, founder of the Homeless Outreach of Acadiana.

“We previously were serving at Parc San Souci, and we were shoved out or pushed out by the authorities, and we moved to this federal park, another public park, and we have again been pushed out,” Lianne Dick, founder of the Homeless Outreach of Acadiana, said.

According to Dick, a security guard from the federal courthouse across from Parc Putnam threatened to call law enforcement on the group if they continue to serve the homeless in the park.

“People do depend on us to be here. They expect us to be here every Thursday. Of course, they're always surprised when we show up with food, they always think like, oh, they're not coming this week they're not coming anymore but we're always here,” Dick said.

The group has been feeding the homeless at both Park Putnam and Parc San Souci for the past six years.

“Members of the community have come back and they're in houses, and they come back and they say, thank you so much like this really gave me a smile,” Dick said,

Those in need depend on those meals being served in downtown Lafayette.

“It's very important because if we keep changing venues every week, they don't know where we're going to be or if we're going to be so we need a permanent place that they know will always be available to us,” Charlene Miller, a volunteer, said.

According to Miller, over the years they have built a relationship with the homeless.

“We need to be down here to feed them. They need our assistance. If we're not giving them assistance, they have to eat anyway and there's no telling how they're going to accomplish that,” Miller said.

The Homeless Outreach Acadiana is in talks with businesses in the downtown area whose space they can occupy to continue to serve the homeless.

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