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Acadiana's Local Hero for July 2015 - Jan Hamilton
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Hero Name: Jan Hamilton

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Why this finalist was deserving of Acadian's Local Hero.  
Jan is the most dedicated person I know - she does so much for her community and church. She helped to found the Hemophilia Federation of America and serves on the board of the Louisiana Hemophilia Foundation. 3 years ago she discovered that there were individuals in need that had no means to get a bed or furniture on their own. She started collecting used/donated beds and furniture to give to those in need. The need started to grow so she formed an outreach committee named SOFA (Service, Outreach, Furniture, Acadiana) ministry via The Episcopal Church of the Ascension - however, the donors and receivers are not necessarily church members. She receives no pay for her hard work - as a matter of fact, I know she uses her own money to pay for items. She will meet with individuals/families/agencies to determine their level of need and then find them furniture at no cost. The organization must cover the cost of renting a warehouse and the utilities - also so funds to print flyers, etc. Jan will drive to the warehouse met the individuals/family, interview and give them the needed bedding/chairs, etc. It is a win-win situation -instead of people putting their old/used furniture in the trash they can give to SOFA and SOFA gives to those in need. Also furniture companies appreciate and use SOFA when they deliver new furniture and do not know what to do with the used furniture.

How Jan's efforts have made a difference in the community for the better.  
When these individuals/family are trying to get on their on feet - she helps provide them with a start- very often the individual/family has limited funds - maybe just for food/rent - but not for a bed/sofa/chair- SOFA will provide these items - Furniture companies and family have found out about SOFA and want to donate. Agencies, battered shelters, homeless shelters are always calling asking for help.

How becoming Acadiana's Local Hero will further Jan's cause.  
The more individuals/churches/agencies that find out about SOFA - the more they can donate furniture and those in need can receive. SOFA is a transfer point.

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