How You Can Participate in National Volunteer Month

by Dudley DeBosier | April 5th, 2021

At Dudley DeBosier, we take our duty to our community seriously.

Whether that’s through helping young Louisianians achieve their dreams with our college scholarship (deadline to apply is April 30th, 2021!), preventing drunk driving accidents before they happen through our Free Rides campaign, supporting local Louisiana charities, or encouraging acts of service through our #DoRight4LA campaign, we know that there is so much that we can do for our community beyond helping victims of accidents get compensation, and we want to do it whenever and however we can.

Altogether, our dedication to helping our community is a big reason why we love National Volunteer Month! Every April, we observe National Volunteer Month by promoting and celebrating volunteerism in Louisiana.

How Did National Volunteer Month Get Started?

National Volunteer Week first originated in Canada in 1943 to honor the contributions of women during World War II, and quickly spread to other countries. Although popularity waned after the war, the event was revived in the late ‘60s and was officially recognized in the U.S. in 1974 by executive order by President Nixon. National Volunteer Month sprang up around National Volunteer week, and now honors all volunteers.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering isn’t just good for society, it’s great for the mind and the body as well! Several scientific studies have linked volunteering with improved mental well-being, as well as some surprising health benefits.

Individuals who volunteer score higher on self-esteem, sense of purpose, and life satisfaction, lower on stress, and are even less likely to develop depression or Alzheimer’s than those who don’t.

Furthermore, a 2013 study found that people who volunteered at least 200 hours per year were 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who volunteered less. People who volunteer regularly may even live longer—irrespective of age, gender, and physical health—according to data collected by the Longitudinal Study of Aging, and people who volunteer may even experience less pain when suffering from chronic conditions.

Volunteering allows people to increase social interaction and build new relationships and support systems, all while learning new skills and staying physically active.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer before, we encourage you to look for opportunities near you. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy the experience! And there’s no better time than National Volunteer Month to try.

Volunteering Opportunities in Louisiana in April 2021

There’s no getting around the fact that we’re still not out of this pandemic, and opportunities to volunteer in person aren’t as plentiful as they might usually be. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help others in your community.

Things to Consider When Looking for Volunteer Opportunities

  • What is your goal for volunteering? (ex. to improve your neighborhood, meet new people, learn a new skill, etc.)
  • What causes are important to you?
  • Would you prefer to work with people, or animals? Children, or adults?
  • Do you prefer to work alone, or as part of a team?
  • Do you prefer to be in a visible role, or behind the scenes?
  • How much time can you commit?
  • How can you use your skills to help others in this role?

Where to Look for Volunteer Opportunities in Louisiana

There are many deserving organizations out there who need great volunteers like you! Luckily, there are several places to start looking, including:

Things to Consider Before Getting Started

Bring a friend: Agreeing to volunteer with someone else allows you to hold each other accountable to your commitment.

Don’t commit to too much right away: You don’t need to dive straight into volunteering multiples times a week to make a difference in your community, or your own life. Studies recommend just two hours per week is enough to produce benefits to your health!

Know what you’re getting into: Don’t be afraid to ask questions of more experienced volunteers and learn what will be expected of you. If you need training, ask for it. And if you don’t feel comfortable in your current position, there’s no shame in asking to do something else, or searching for another volunteer opportunity.

Excited about becoming a volunteer? We are, too! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, or visit our Dudley DeBosier in the Community page to learn what we’re doing for our communities across Louisiana.

#DoRight4LA Day 2019

by Gabrielle Sanchez | May 10th, 2019

On May 8th, 2019, Dudley DeBosier teamed up with the New Orleans Saints and Rebuilding Together New Orleans to renovate the Hills’ family home.

Jerry and Doreen Hills are a loving couple who have been married for almost thirty years. Mr. Hills is originally from Uptown, New Orleans but he and his wife found their way to St. Roch in 2004. They love their neighborhood but did share that unfortunately many of their neighbors are in a constant state of flux due to a lack of affordable rentals and increased real estate investment. There are houses along the street that are still empty and abandoned from Hurricane Katrina.

Despite it being hard to get to know people in their community they do have a few close friends on neighboring streets. Both Mr. Jerry and Mrs. Doreen are driven by their families and do their best to surround themselves with their children and grandchildren. In her spare time, Ms. Doreen enjoys selling frozen cups to the neighborhood kids, and they are both TV fanatics!

After suffering multiple heart attacks and battling Diabetes, health complications eventually led to the partial amputation of Mr. Hills leg. He’s tried for the last few years to get assistance but was unable to come up with the funds to install the ramp; making due without, by crawling up and down the stairs to his home.

On #DoRight4LA Day, volunteers installed the ADA wheelchair ramp, cleaned and painted the exterior of the home, and widened doorways among many other repairs. The Hills’ lives have been changed, and Jerry will no longer have to struggle to get out of the house.

It was an amazing experience bringing different parts of the community together to make a difference. We love our community and hope that we’ve encouraged others to love their community as well. Whether big or small, your actions in the community will make a difference, so, remember to #DoRight4LA!

Dudley DeBosier Provides 1,000 Backpacks to Baton Rouge Middle Schoolers!

by Dudley DeBosier | September 12th, 2018

At Dudley DeBosier, we created our #DoRight4LA program to give back to the Louisiana communities we serve. This August, we decided to give back by hosting a free backpack giveaway for Baton Rouge middle school students to coincide with the back to school season. Needless to say, the response from the community was incredible!

Not only did our partners and legal team have an opportunity to meet families from throughout the Baton Rouge area on pickup day, we also had snoballs on hand and music playing to keep the energy going! And the best part? We were able to provide backpacks filled with supplies to 1,000 students so they can perform at their best this school year.

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Don’t Let Black Friday Mishaps Ruin Your Holiday Season!

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | November 20th, 2017

This Thanksgiving will be filled with pies, turkey and plenty of stuffing—and of course, there will be plenty of shopping on Friday!

This Black Friday, estimates predict nearly 101.7 million Americans will fight the cold to get those once-a-year doorbusters! So, don’t let your Thanksgiving feast cloud your judgment during Black Friday shopping.

If you plan to join the crowd this holiday, stay alert during your shopping trip with these safety tips:

  1. Keep your shopping bags in your trunk or cover them with a blanket or coats so you don’t return to a broken window after shopping.
  2. Park in well-lit areas and in view of other shoppers, and avoid parking near large vans that block your car from the view of others.
  3. Only bring the credit card you plan to use on the shopping trip in the event your bag is lost or stolen. It is easier to cancel one misplaced credit card than five or six.
  4. Bring your gifts inside when you get home to avoid break-ins.
  5. Use common sense. Lock your car before going into stores, walk back to your car with your keys in hand, and always be aware of your surroundings.
  6. When you back out of your parking spot, check for other cars and people.
  7. Keep your purse and wallet close to you at all times, don’t leave it in your cart when unattended.
  8. There’s no need to be aggressive on the road, a new car costs a lot more than that deal would save you.
  9. And as always, buckle-up!

Don’t let your holiday season be ruined before you get the presents under the tree! Follow our safety tips and have a merry and bright holiday season!

#KnowYourRisks Breast Cancer Awareness

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | October 31st, 2017

October is breast cancer awareness month and we are ready to beat breast cancer once and for all. The best way to beat breast cancer is to detect it early. When diagnosed in its early stages breast cancer is a very treatable disease. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, stage one breast cancer has nearly  100 percent survival rate and stage two is over 90 percent. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women. It occurs when cells divide and multiply at an abnormally fast rate. Early detection is the best way to lower your risk of death from breast cancer, as it can become increasingly invasive if the cancer cells spread to other parts of your body. You can do self-examinations to look for lumps and abnormalities in your breast tissue and the surrounding area. This quick exam can save lives by helping you detect cancer while in its early phases.

How to do a self-examination:

•  Raise one arm over your head and bend it back behind your neck.

•  With the opposite hand, move the pads of your fingers in small circular motions around your breast.

•  You can also move in vertical motions and radial motions, the goal is to apply medium pressure and feel for lumps and tenderness

Know the facts:

•  One in eight women will develop invasive breast  cancer in her lifetime

•  This year in the US, 252,710 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

•  Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years and older

•  Rare forms of breast cancer like BIA-ALCL are caused by certain types of breast implants

If you or someone you know have any questions regarding your breast health, call or visit your OBGYN.

For more information on breast cancer please visit

Do Right 4 BR

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | August 4th, 2017

Sitting along the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Baton Rouge is known for Southern hospitality, Cajun cooking, and of course, LSU sports. The capital city has a unique culture, shaped by its people and its rich history. As the capital city of the Sportsman’s Paradise, the Red Stick has a lot to offer visitors and inhabitants alike.

Beyond the delicious food and world class sports, lies a unique culture, that encompasses the spirit of the people of our great city—a spirit of helping and caring. Baton Rouge is a community like no other, one that comes together in times of hardship to help one another. From helping a neighbor with some yard work to joining the Cajun Navy—the people of Baton Rouge will always come together to help each other.

Dudley DeBosier is blessed to be a part of such a strong community and is proud to present “DoRight4BR,” a print and web series featuring people and places in our community who are doing right for others and making it a better place to live for all of us. Each week, DoRight4BR will tell the story of Baton Rouge locals who are helping people in our community and will explore places in and around the city that are hidden gems.

The videos will be hosted by Baton Rouge native, LaTangela Fay Sherman. Perhaps most known for her radio show, “Maxin’ in the Midday with LaTangela Fay,” on Max 94.1, LaTangela is also a singer/songwriter and an author. “It’s time we highlight those who are a beacon of light in what so often seem to be dark times,” said LaTangela. “I am honored to be a part of DoRight4BR and want everyone to join us!” Look for our videos by visiting

Stuff the Bus

by Madison King | July 6th, 2017

Sending the kids back to school can be a mixture of emotions for both parents and students. Some parents can’t wait to send them back while others may be anxious at the thought of sending them off for the very first time. Regardless of which side of the fence parents fall on, the cost of going back to school can be very overwhelming for many parents. There are the uniforms, new shoes, backpacks, and of course – school supplies.

While most parents want to give their children the best of everything, sometimes the reality of making that happen is extremely costly. For those living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to put food on the table, checking off every school supply on the list can be outside their budget.
Fortunately, Dudley DeBosier has teamed up with WBRZ’s Stuff the Bus to help combat this issue.

Stuff the Bus is a school supply drive that gives back to students in need in
East Baton Rouge Parish and West Baton Rouge Parish. The main objective of the
event is to fill the busses full of school supplies and you can help!

To donate, stop by one of two locations listed below on Wednesday, July 12, 2017!

Wal Mart – College Drive (Baton Rouge)
Wal Mart – Highway 1 (Port Allen)

Need some ideas on what to donate? Check out the list below!

Loose Leaf Paper
Clorox Wipes
Kleenex Boxes

For more information, visit

At Dudley DeBosier, we are passionate about changing the way people think about attorneys, one relationship at a time. We want to help Louisiana children get off on the right foot this school year and that starts with being prepared with the proper supplies!

High School Scholarship Winners

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | May 18th, 2017

The Dudley DeBosier Scholarship program is designed to help students in our community who are interested in attending college after their high school graduation. The scholarship is open to students who are expected to attend college within one year of their graduation. We have offered these scholarships for several years now and it is one of our favorite events each year. We get to meet some really great students who have overcome adversity to pursue their dreams. We are proud to provide them with some support and encouragement to continue that pursuit.

We received over 100 great applications this year, and the selection process was extremely difficult.

After much deliberation, we were able to select our winners, and we are proud to award eight $1,000 essay scholarships and one $2,000 public service announcement scholarship. This year’s winners are:


  1. Arionna Jackson graduating from Tara High School
  2. Zoe Forsyth graduating from Lutcher High School
  3. Mason Swain graduating from Walker High School
  4. Payson Swarner graduating from Port Allen High School
  5. Loveis Jackson graduating from Baton Rouge Magnet High School
  6. Amani Dotson graduating from Baton Rouge Magnet High School
  7. Chancey Cothren graduating from Destrehan High School
  8. Tyra Brown graduating from Port Allen High School


  1. Mackenzie Andrews graduating from East Ascension High School

Congratulations to all the 2017 high school graduates, and thank you for your participation!

Pay It Forward

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | April 24th, 2017

National Pay It Forward Day will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017. This will be the ninth time the United States has observed the holiday, the first observation being in 2008. Dudley DeBosier is proud to partake in National Pay It Forward Day by doing random acts of kindness throughout our community. For instance, last year we bought coffee for everyone in line at a local coffee shop. Then, we gave cookies to shoppers at a local grocery store, to sweeten their day. This year, we hope to pass on a little entertainment, a little help and a little hope.

National Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that was founded in Australia by Blake Beattie in 2007. This year, the goal of the day is to inspire 10 million acts of kindness worldwide. With your help, and the help of the 81 participating countries, we can surpass this goal! Join us in “Paying It Forward!” Every kindness—big or small—counts!

  • A few ways YOU can Pay It Forward are:
  • Buy someone’s cup of coffee or lunch
  • Give umbrellas to those without on a rainy day
  • Buy a train or bus ticket for the person behind you
  • Bring canned goods to a local food bank or shelter
  • Donate to a good cause
  • Spread the word to your friends and colleagues so they can help too!

For more information on National Pay It Forward Day, visit:

3rd Street Grub Crawl 2016

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | April 21st, 2017

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we understand the importance of getting a quality education. Our Baton Rouge attorneys are thrilled to partner with Thrive BR in bringing you the 2nd Annual 3rd Street Grub Crawl in downtown Baton Rouge. This block party downtown will benefit improving public education through Thrive BR’s Charter School while offering you a wonderful night of food, drink, and music.

We invite everyone to join us for a great night celebrating a good cause at downtown Baton Rouge’s 3rd Street on Thursday, April 21 from 6pm until 9pm! This is a great company outing, a fun girls night out, or even the perfect couples night! Please tell all of your friends! For a $10 wristband (donation to ThriveBR) that can be picked up by the parking garage, you can enjoy food and drink specials from 15 different venues in the area, live music at different venues, and a fun night with great people for a great cause!

Additionally, Dudley DeBosier is offering free cab rides to patrons of the event. To get a free ride home between 6-10 p.m. on April 21, simply call Yellow Cab at (225) 926-6400. Rides will be provided from bars or restaurants in downtown Baton Rouge to a place of residence.

Our team members are looking forward to this upcoming event and are hopeful you and your friends and family will choose to support this wonderful cause by attending. If you can’t make it to this particular event, feel free to check out some of the other local community involvement activities you could attend in the future.

2016 Stops on the Grub Crawl include:

  • 1913
  • Blend
  • Capital City Grill
  • Draft House
  • Happy’s
  • Huey’s
  • Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar
  • IPO
  • Lucy’s
  • Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
  • River Room
  • Roux House
  • Shlitz & Giggles
  • Stroubes Steakhouse

Walk MS

by Camille Quebodeaux | April 17th, 2017

On April 8, 2017, Dudley DeBosier sponsored the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Shreveport for the third year in a row.

Together we are a powerful force. In an effort to end multiple sclerosis for good, Walk MS allowed us to team up with friends to help change the world for those suffering with the disease. For those living with MS, this movement allows them to come together with those who love and support them, and remind them they are not alone in the fight.

The event continues to grow each year and is now the seventh largest fundraising walk event in the United States, raising nearly $50 million dollars every year. This is made possible by the thousands of people who continue to support the walk every year by joining the Walk MS volunteer team.

We would like to send out a huge thank you to all the families, corporate groups, and individuals who stood along side us to help STOP MS in its tracks, RESTORE function that’s been lost, and END MS forever.

Dudley DeBosier is honored to be a part of this inspiring movement again this year. Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us, but TOGETHER we will end MS forever.

Empty Bowls and Strike Out Hunger

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | April 7th, 2017

During the flood of 2016, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank lost roughly 1 million pounds of food. This devastating loss set the food bank back in day-to-day operations as well as, ongoing and new initiatives. In support of the food bank, Dudley DeBosier is proud to sponsor both Empty Bowls and Strike Out Hunger, Saturday, April 8, 2017. All proceeds from the events directly benefit the food bank.

Strike Out Hunger will be held at the Rasin’ Cane’s River Center, where participants can bowl and enjoy a family atmosphere. Chad Dudley will be featured as a celebrity bowler. Empty Bowls will be held at the Main Library at Goodwood, and each ticket holder will leave with a handmade ceramic bowl.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank serves 11 parishes in our area. Every dollar donated can provide up to 4 meals. They rely heavily on community support, and last year over 4,025 volunteers donated their time to help the food bank.

For more information about the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank or the events, visit :

Beyond The Badge

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | March 31st, 2017

In support of state law enforcement, Dudley DeBosier was honored to sponsor and attend Baton Rouge’s first annual Beyond the Badge awards ceremony on March 21, 2017.

The ceremony was held to recognize outstanding police officers across the state who have performed extraordinary acts of kindness. The Beyond the Badge Heart of Law Enforcement Award was given to 11 officers.

The event was put on entirely by volunteers and organized by Baton Rouge resident, Linda Hull, whose vision for the event began in 2015. Hull organized the award ceremony to honor police officers who go beyond the call of duty and to make the public aware of the officers’ kind acts and generosity.

The acts of kindness varied from loaning a personal vehicle to a citizen, to cooking Thanksgiving dinner for over 60 people. The stories shared at this event were inspiring and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

With over 150 attendees, including Governor Edwards, Lt. Governor Nungesser and Coach Ed Orgeron, the event was a huge success. At Dudley DeBosier, we love to sponsor events such as this one, because we are passionate about making a positive difference in our community.

Nominations for this award can be made throughout the year by the general public and law enforcement agencies. To nominate an officer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, visit Beyond the Badge Louisiana online

Free Cab Ride Home Program Hits 1,900 Participants!

by Elizabeth Demopulos | March 23rd, 2017

Nearly 2,000 people signed up for our “Free Cab Ride Home” program for St. Patrick’s Day in Baton Rouge. This is the 5th year the firm has offered free cab rides home for this day of celebration.

Each year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the most popular events in Baton Rouge.  However, there is often an increase in the number of drunk driving incidents on that date.  Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers partnered with Uber to create a program targeted at reducing the amount of drinking and driving during this holiday. The premise of the program was pretty simple. If you had a drink and needed a ride home, Dudley DeBosier picked up the cost of your Uber ride to get you there safely.

Chad Dudley, a partner at Dudley DeBosier, commented, “The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Baton Rouge is an awesome event.  It is a great day to enjoy with friends and family, but we always want to encourage everyone to enjoy it responsibly.  We would like to thank everyone that participated in our program and helped make Baton Rouge safer by not drinking and driving.”

Valerie Cox, Program Manager at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, stated “The St. Patrick’s Day holiday is closely tied with drinking. So, it continually makes the list of the most dangerous holidays in the country.  365 people lost their lives due to drunk driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s holiday period from 2010 to 2015 (NHTSA). MADD Louisiana applauds Dudley DeBosier for their efforts in reducing the numbers of impaired driving in the Baton Rouge area by offering free UBER rides to individuals who would be including alcohol in their St. Patrick’s Day activities”

According to The Advocate, DUI arrests were down by 50% this weekend compared to the weekend of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2016.

Read more at WBRZ article

Luck of the Irish

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | March 17th, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

How We Celebrate!

Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called “Irish Aid” societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.

In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world ‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Savannah and many other cities including Baton Rouge, LA also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.

Workers in March, 2006 dye the Chicago River green as part of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Although blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick, green is now the predominant color of the celebration.

U.S. President Barack Obama is presented with a bowl of shamrocks by an Ireland politician Brian Cowen on St. Patrick’s Day, 2009. Shamrocks traditionally symbolize the rebirth of spring.

A parade float rides through the streets of South Boston, Massachusetts on St. Patrick’s Day, 1973. The city has been celebrating the holiday with music and revelry since 1737.

~ Staff,, 2009

Race for the Cure

by Camille Quebodeaux | March 10th, 2017

Dudley DeBosier was proud to sponsor our team for the Susan G Komen, Race for the Cure in Baton Rouge again this year. Every year our team continues to grow and this year we were 41 members strong for the race to raise awareness for breast cancer. Managing Partner, Chad Dudley, stated “Our firm looks forward to this event every March, and we are excited to see how it continues to grow each year. We are passionate about supporting local nonprofits that are helping the families in our community.” In addition to sponsoring a team for Race for the Cure, the firm also dedicates the entire month of October to supporting breast cancer awareness.

Susan G. Komen was started in 1982, when Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister Susan, who was dying of cancer, that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer forever. This organization that has created a global movement started out as just 200 dollars and a shoe box filled with names of people who could potentially become a donor. Susan G. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this deadly disease.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure started in 1983 and is the largest and most successful educational and fundraising event for breast cancer. Race for the Cure is a 5K run and fitness walk that helps raise significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. It is also a celebration of breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battles with this disease. Race for the Cure has grown from one race in Dallas with 800 people to more than 150 races around the globe with nearly 1 million participants.

Louisiana Flooding Emergency Information

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | August 15th, 2016

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the federal government declared a major disaster for the state of Louisiana on August 14, due to the historic rainfall. We have compiled this list of emergency contacts, resources, and available shelters in an order to have all information located in one place.

We will continually update this post as more information becomes available.

Louisiana Flooding Emergency Information

Emergency Rescue Numbers

Please try diailing 911 first.

  • Ascension: 225-621-8300
  • Baker: 225-778-0300
  • Baton Rouge: 225-389-5000
  • Central: 225-367-1254
  • East Baton Rouge: 225-389-2100
  • Livingston Parish: 225-686-3996
  • St. Helena Parish: 225-222-4413 – press 0

Information Regarding Family Members in Shelters/Hospitals

  • There is a Facebook group helping people find family members.
  • Oschner has a hotline for family members looking for information on the location of a patient. Family can call 504-842-3198.

Medical Needs Shelters

  • Patients in need of kidney dialysis should call 225-772-1428.
  • A Medical Special Needs Shelter is open at the LSU Fieldhouse. The Medical Special Needs Shelter is not available to the general public, but only to individuals with serious medical conditions and special needs that cannot be accommodated in public shelters. For more information on the shelter, call 225-578-3928.


Ascension Parish

  • Lamar Dixon – St. Landry Road, Gonzales

East Baton Rouge

  • Baton Rouge River Center – 275 South River Road, Baton Rouge
  • Celtic Studios – 10000 Celtic Studio, Baton Rouge
  • Animal shelter open at EBR Animal Control – 2680 Progress RoadCentral
  • Central High School on Brookside Dr.
  • Blackwater United Methodist Church on Blackwater Rd. in Central
  • Central Starkey Gym – 10510 Joor Rd.


  • The Rock Church – 20810 Plank Rd
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church – 4727 McHugh
  • St. John’s Jim – Lee St.
  • Milldale Baptist Church on 11950 Milldale Rd
  • First Baptist Church, 4200 Main St.
  • Galilee Baptist Church – 11050 Greenwell Springs Road

East Feliciana Parish

  • Mt. Hope Baptist Church – 9654 Hwy. 10 in Clinton
  • Mt. Hope Baptist Church – 9654 Hwy. 10 in Clinton
  • Fellowship Church – 9414 Plank Rd., Clinton
  • Slaughter Fire Department – 3337 Church St, Slaughter
  • Slaughter Fire Station – Highway 19, Slaughter
  • First Baptist Church – LA-412 in Slaughter

Iberia Parish:

  • Cyr-Gates Community Center – 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia

Iberville Parish:

  • East Iberville High School – 3285 LA-75

Lafayette Parish:

  • Heymann Center – 1373 S. College Rd

Livingston Parish:

  • Live Oak United Methodist – 34809 LA Hwy. 16 in Watson
  • First United Methodist Church – 316 Centerville Street NW in Denham Springs
  • Riverside Baptist Church – 36890 LA 16 in Denham Springs
  • Bethel Baptist Church – 2149 Circle Drive, Livingston
  • Judson Baptist Church – 32470 Walker Road, Walker
  • The Salvation Army: Working with Livingston Parish churches to serve meals at Riverside Baptist Church on 3890 Hwy. 16 in Denham Springs and Bethel Baptist Church – 20149 Circle Dr. in Livingston
  • Walker Baptist Church – 10696 Florida Blvd. in Walker
  • Impact Church on 34401 LA-16 in Denham Springs
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church – 15710 LA-16 in French Settlement
  • Bethlehen Baptist, 29350 S Montpelier, Albany
  • Live Oak Baptist, 35603 Coxe Ave., Denham Springs
  • Live Oak High School, 36079 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs
  • Juban Parc Junior High, 12470 Brown Rd., Denham Springs
  • The Way Church, 9270 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs
  • Southfork Elementary, 23300 Walker South Rd., Denham Springs
  • Watson Baptist, 35831 Cane Market Rd., Denham Springs
  • Christ Community Church, 26574 Juban Rd., Denham Springs
  • Hebron Baptist, 21063 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs
  • Satsuma Baptist, 29880 S Satsuma Rd., Livingston
  • Satsuma Community Center, 28975 S Satsuma Rd., Livingston
  • Colyell Baptist, 19525 LA 42, Livingston
  • Doyle High School, 20480 Circle Dr., Livingston
  • Judson Baptist, 32470 N Walker Rd., Walker
  • North Corbin Elementary, 32645 North Corbin Rd., Walker
  • North Corbin Junior High, 32725 North Corbin Rd., Walker
  • Revival Temple, 28521 S Walker Rd., Walker
  • Levi Milton, 31450 N Walker, Walker
  • Life Church, 9010 Florida Blvd., Walker
  • Shady Bower Pentecostal, 13375 Galloway Garden Ln., Walker

Point Coupee Parish

  • Scott Civic Center – 1200 Major Pkwy in New Roads

St. Helena Parish

  • First Baptist Church, 6260 Hwy. 10 in Greensburg
  • St. Helena High School, 14340 Hwy. 37 in Greensburg

St. Tammany Parish

  • Coquille Sports Complex, 13505 Hwy. 1085, Covington

Tangipahoa Parish

  • Mike Kenny Center at 601 West Coleman in Hammond
  • Amite Community Center at 101 West Chestnut in Amite
  • Kentwood High School, 603 9th St. in Kentwood
  • Loranger High School, 19404 Hiatt Rd., Loranger

Vermilion Parish

  • Abbeville Boys & Girls Club, 301 A.A. Comeaux Memorial Dr. in Lafayette

West Feliciana Parish

  • Spillman Fire Station
  • Wakefield Fire Station
  • Weyanoke Fire Station

Washington Parish

  • Franklinton High School, 1 Demon Circle in Franklinton
  • Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist, 570 Avenue B in Bogalusa

Helpful Phone Numbers

  • American Red Cross – (866) 438-4636 (1-866-GET-INFO)
  • Animal Control Services – (225) 774-7700
  • Baton Rouge City Police – (225) 389-3831
  • Baton Rouge Fire Department – (225) 354-1400
  • Baton Rouge Shelters – 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636)
  • City of Baker – (225) 778-0300
  • City of Central – (225) 262-5000
  • City of Zachary – (225) 654-0026
  • DEMCO – (225) 261-1160 (Power Outages)
  • Department of Public Works – (225) 389-3158
  • Emergency Medical Services – (225) 389-3300
  • Entergy – 1-800-9OUTAGE
  • Gouging Complaints (Atty. General) – 1-800-488-2770
  • Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness – (225) 925-7500
  • Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness – (225) 389-2100
  • Sheriff’s Office – (225) 389-5000
  • Special Needs Shelter Hotline – 1-800-349-1372
  • State Police: Alabama – (334) 242-4378
  • State Police: Louisiana (Road Closures) – 1-800-469-4828
  • State Police: Louisiana (Troop A) – (225) 754-8500
  • State Police: Mississippi – (601) 987-1430
  • U.S. Geological Survey – (225) 389-0281

Helpful Links to Emergency Information

LSU Kickoff Party 2016!

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | August 11th, 2016

The football season is almost here, meaning it’s time for another kickoff party!

Dudley DeBosier is starting the 2016 football season with our 2nd annual LSU Kickoff Party. As an Official Partner of LSU Athletics and as part of our Dudley DeBosier Does Right program, we are excited to offer this free event to the Baton Rouge community.

With a new defensive coordinator, high preseason rankings, and a shot at the Heisman Trophy for star athlete Leonard Fournette, we are all especially thrilled as LSU makes another run toward a National Championship.

“As avid LSU fans and graduates, we are extremely excited as LSU gears up for another season,” Chad Dudley said. “We invite the community to come out and share this excitement with us.”

Our LSU Kickoff Party will take place at our Baton Rouge office at 1075 Government St. this September 9 from 4-6 PM, the day before LSU’s first home game. The event is free to the public, and guests will be able to enjoy face painting, Ninja Snowballs, games, music, free door prizes, and more!

Dudley DeBosier Celebrates 2016 Scholarship Winners

by Dudley DeBosier | June 21st, 2016

Last Friday, June 17, 2016, we hosted our annual luncheon for the winners of the 2016 Scholarship Program. Partners, Steven DeBosier and Chad Dudley, were present to celebrate the achievements of our 2016 scholarship winners.

It gets more difficult each year to pick the winners of our scholarship program, and we are proud of all of our aspiring students in Louisiana. As we reviewed all of our scholarship submissions these past few weeks, we were moved, impacted, and above all – inspired. However, there were a few that stood out.

Congratulations to our 2016’s winners; selected based on a criteria of academic achievement and ability to overcome hardship: Andre Boudreaux, Bria Granville, Caroline Magee, Donald Clark, Godis Jackson, Jack Dixon, Joshua Myers, Melissa Fenderson received $1,000 scholarships for their written essays, and Colton Scariano received a $2,000 scholarship for a public service announcement video.

In addition to the scholarships, each student received a $100 gift card to assist with school supplies. One student was randomly drawn to win a new Macbook Air laptop.

This year’s scholarship recipients ranged from football players to aspiring actors, but each of them had overcome exceptional challenges while maintaining academic success. The majority of the students will be attending Louisiana universities in the fall, but a couple are leaving to attend out of state schools.

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers created the scholarship program in 2011 to enhance the educational opportunities available to students in schools within the community. The firm considers education an important base for creating a rewarding and fulfilling career.

Chad Dudley, partner at Dudley DeBosier, states, “We started this program several years ago and it grows and grows each year.  Every year we have some amazing applicants who inspire us with their stories of overcoming adversity to pursue their dreams. We are proud to support these students in their efforts.”

Thank you to our winners and to everyone who applied to our scholarship program. Because of you, we have a reason to think that the future of Louisiana is looking bright!

To learn more about our scholarship program and how to apply for the 2017 year, visit our website here.

Dudley DeBosier Teams up with LSU Athletics

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | August 28th, 2015

Dudley DeBosier is excited to announce the kick off of a new partnership with LSU Athletics!

Managing partner and former LSU athlete, Chad Dudley, stated “This partnership means a lot to me.  I fell in love with LSU the first time I stepped on campus during my recruiting trip.  That was 23 years ago.  After I attended LSU, my three younger brothers all followed my footsteps and went to LSU. The youngest is an equipment manager for the football team.  Our family bleeds purple and gold and this is just another way to support the school.”

In celebration of this new partnership, Dudley DeBosier will be hosting an LSU Kickoff Party at our Baton Rouge office Friday, September 4, 2015 from 4-6 pm. This event is free to the public. Attendees will enjoy access to inflatables, Ninja snowballs, face painting, dunk tank, music, and more!

Louisiana Judge Recognized for Efforts Against Drunk Driving

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | April 8th, 2015

Drunk driving is one of the most significant dangers to motorists on the roads of Louisiana. In fact, data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving shows that in recent years, Louisiana saw as many as 3,379 crashes that were caused by driving under the influence. These collisions led to 234 fatalities, which accounted for roughly one-third of all deaths that involved operating a motor vehicle.

The Baton Rouge auto accident attorneys with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain that keeping drunk drivers off the road is best achieved through adherence to strict laws prohibiting the behavior, and one Louisiana official is being recognized for his efforts towards reaching this goal.

Reports from The Advertiser say Lafayette City Court Judge Douglas J. Saloom was given a public service award earlier this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for his efforts in strengthening our state’s drinking and driving laws.

Saloom was one of the leaders responsible for drafting reforms to our state’s Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws in recent years. This includes a mandatory ignition interlock system to operate a vehicle for anyone who is convicted of a DUI in Louisiana—even first-time offenders. He also spearheaded the creation of the Variable Substance Abuse Program, which provides counseling and education for repeat DUI offenders.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we have seen the results drunk driving can have and our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers would like to applaud Judge Saloom for his efforts to reduce drunk driving accidents in our state.

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyers Sponsoring 3rd Street Grub Crawl

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | March 18th, 2015

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we understand the importance of getting a quality education, which is why our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers have partnered with Thrive BR to bring you a wonderful night of food, drink, and music.

The 3rd Street Grub Crawl will take place in downtown Baton Rouge on March 26 from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M. The event—which is only $10 to attend— will be held at 11 different venues in the area, such as Hotel Indigo, Boudreaux & Thibodaux’s, Lucy’s, Huey’s, and IPO. Attendees will also be treated to music from ten bands, including local favorites, The Tricky Dickies.

Alcohol will be served at the event to those who are over age 21, so we encourage you to enjoy the Grub Crawl responsibly by utilizing the free cabs that will be available. Our firm will be covering the costs of rides home for those who attend and find that they have had too much to drink.

The event is being held to benefit and improve public education through the Thrive BR Charter School.

Our attorneys are looking forward to this upcoming event and are hopeful you and your loved ones will choose to support this wonderful cause by attending. If you can’t make it to this particular event, feel free to check out some of the other local community involvement activities you could attend in the future.

Thirst for Justice

by Dudley DeBosier | March 3rd, 2015

Dudley DeBosier will have several attorneys participate in the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Thirst for Justice program on Wednesdays in March again this year. Thirst for Justice is a pro bono project that provides a free walk-in legal clinic. Two attorneys will be there tomorrow, and there will be DDB attorneys at the clinic for the rest of the month.

DDB is proud to provide support to the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s program. The firm’s attorneys have contributed legal counseling and advice to individuals through Thirst for Justice for a number of years now. Dudley DeBosier’s attorneys enjoy spending time with the public and giving back to the community with this project.

Attorney Peter Ellis has participated in Thirst for Justice before and is happy to devote his time to the project again this year. He believes that the support of Dudley DeBosier’s attorneys is very important.

Peter states, “Thirst for Justice gives our attorneys an opportunity to offer basic legal advice to members of the community who are confused about or unfamiliar with the area of law their particular issue involves. I find it rewarding to participate in Thirst for Justice whenever we have the opportunity.”

The Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Thirst for Justice program takes place at the St. Vincent de Paul Bishop Ott Shelter, located at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Street in Baton Rouge. The free walk-in legal clinic is available every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 P.M.

Dudley DeBosier Celebrates Black History Month

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | February 2nd, 2015

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is a yearly celebration of African American achievement. The event takes place during the month of February in the United States, but other countries also devote a month to their own celebrations.

Black History Month began with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History as Negro History Week in 1926. Founders of this organization, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland, wanted to create a group dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans. The second week of February was chosen for Negro History Week because it coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Schools and communities across the nation organized celebrations, performances, and lectures as a result.

For decades, mayors declared Negro History Week in their cities. This evolved into Black History Month on college campuses during the 1960’s due to the budding Civil Rights Movement. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially designated Black History Month. Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month.

Dudley DeBosier is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting African American accomplishment over the years in the United States. Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for interesting facts about African American leaders and icons who made our country so great. Then tune in to “The Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience” to learn the little known true story of the first African Americans to reach the new world, not as slaves but as free men. The firm is sponsoring this documentary that will air on Fox 44 on Saturday, February 7 at 9 P.M. and Saturday, February 12 at 12 A.M. then on NBC 33 on Saturday, February 21 at 5:30 P.M.

Everyone at the firm looks forward to celebrating Black History Month. It is so important to learn and appreciate the history of the United States, and African Americans have played a critical role in where our country is today.