BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UnitedHealthcare, SBP, the Baton Rouge mayor’s office, and UnitedHealthcare and SBP volunteers hosted a “Welcome Home” ceremony for Baton Rouge resident Gladiola Haney, whose home was severely damaged by the Baton Rouge floods of 2016. This rebuild – along with many others throughout Baton Rouge – was made possible by SBP’s $100,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare, which was awarded in the spring of 2017.
Haney, 65, is from Zachary, La. As waters rose during the 2016 floods, a neighbor rescued her by boat and took her to a local high school. From there, she was reunited with her family and stayed in a hotel until the waters subsided. Despite her home being badly damaged, Haney moved back to her house and lived there for two years until SBP aided in her home’s full restoration.
The grant funds from UnitedHealthcare have helped SBP restore homes for 45 families throughout Baton Rouge. More than 2,200 volunteers donated nearly 45,000 hours to rebuild the homes.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.
SBP's mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. Since its founding in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,500 families with the help of 180,000 volunteers in New Orleans; Joplin, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; Rockaway, N.Y.; Monmouth and Ocean Counties, N.J.; San Marcos, Texas; Columbia, S.C.; White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.; Baton Rouge, La., Puerto Rico and Houston. SBP’s model is enhanced by AmeriCorps, which provides 240 members annually to manage worksites and clients, and train the organization’s volunteers nationally. Through its resilience training, SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model. To learn more, visit www.SBPUSA.org and like/follow on Facebook & Twitter @SBPUSA.