2022 Annual ReportPosted on: October 19, 2023
We are pleased to send you the 2022 Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) Annual Report. Every year, we reflect on the difference our work makes in the daily lives of the people and communities we serve. The devastating impact of Hurricane Ida on our clients has made our work more important than ever. With lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and the ten presidentially declared disasters that followed, we hit the ground running, providing critical legal aid in some of the hardest-hit areas through community-based disaster legal clinics. In the two years since the hurricane, we have helped over 4,000 people, but the recovery process is far from over. Your support has made an incredible difference in ensuring the most vulnerable people are not left behind in the recovery process. We are grateful for your leadership in the fight for fairness.
In 2022, SLLS delivered legal help in individual cases to over 13,000 households composed of nearly 30,000 people. The economic impact of our work topped $35 million. Every dollar invested in civil legal aid generated $17.99 of social return on investment. Some results have no price tag, such as lives saved through our work with domestic violence victims or children protected from abuse. Thousands more Louisianans benefitted from our policy advocacy work fighting for equity, such as in the rollout of COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida relief programs. Thousands of people obtained vital legal information from our SLLS website blog about hot topics like how to fight contractor fraud, appeal your FEMA claim and other urgent recovery matters. Pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students helped us expand the availability of legal aid throughout our twenty-two parish service area.
On behalf of the clients we serve and the team at SLLS, thank you again for your staunch support. It means more now than ever. We hope this report helps you learn more about how your investment in justice is making an impact. For more frequent updates about our work, follow us on social media (@sllshelps). Or you can always call (504) 529-1000 ext. 270 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss our program. Thank you again for helping us help others.