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Acadiana's Local Hero for June 2018 - Robert Johnson, Sr.
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Hero Name: Robert Johnson, Sr.

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Why this finalist was deserving of Acadian's Local Hero.  
Pastor Robert Johnson, Sr. deserves recognition as an Acadiana Hero because he strives to be involved in and improve the Lafayette Community. He has established the IMPACT Ministry about six years ago. This ministry meets every second Saturday of the month to prepare and pass out bag lunches, water, hygiene items, and clothes, and blankets in the winter time to those in need. During the 2016 floods, the ministry met several times to distribute hot food to those that were cleaning out their homes and cases of water, diapers, and other items to those living in local motels and hotels. During the flooding that occurred in other parts of the State, the ministry acted as a drop off point for flood buckets and then drove to the affected areas to distribute the buckets. There is hardly ever community rally, pray vigil, walk, gathering, or panel discussion that Pastor Johnson is not present at and actively involved in. Pastor Johnson has taken it upon himself to really assess the needs of Upper Lafayette by going on ride alongs with Law Enforcement to see for himself what kinds of issues people in the community are facing.

How Robert's efforts have made a difference in the community for the better.  
Pastor Johnson inspires those served through the IMPACT Brown Bag ministry by being out on the streets amongst them and encouraging them through prayer. Pastor Johnson has developed a relationship with several of those served through the Brown Bag ministry and they look forward to seeing him every month. Others see what the IMPACT Ministry does and consistently inquire as to how they can get involved also. A college community service organization called Feed, Cloth, Serve has partnered with IMPACT Ministry on several occasions and provided free hair cuts to those living in shelters or on the street. After volunteering with IMPACT Ministry a few times, and with some guidance from Pastor Johnson, a local church established its own ministry in the Jackson Square to provide a hot meal, clothes, and household items once a quarter to those that live in the complexes. Pastor Johnson believes in meeting people in their place of need and bringing the church to the community rather than expecting the community to come to the church. His actions certainly reflect his beliefs.

How becoming Acadiana's Local Hero will further Robert's cause.  
Being recognized as an Acadiana Hero would bring more awareness to the IMPACT Ministry, and (prayerfully), encourage others to get involved so that the ministry can operate and meet the needs of the people more frequently than once a month.

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