Sister Helen Vinton visits with Douglas Wells during one of many trips to Plaquemines Parish after the hurricanes, where SMHA listened to the stories of the people.
Southern Mutual Help Association’s mission is to build healthy and prosperous rural communities in Louisiana.
Building community capacity to make change.
Providing access to affordable capital.
Forging innovative partnerships and "building bridges” among unlikely partners.
Increasing the capacity of institutions across all sectors to invest effectively in low-wealth communities.
A LETTER FROM SMHA PRESIDENT & CEO
It is time to hear and heed the voices of Rural America, to give due respect to the contributions of rural American families and communities that have fed and fueled our nation for generations. Rural America produces the natural resources that make our country strong, provides stewardship of our food, our lands, and our waters, and is bedrock to American prosperity.