Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida Recovery and Relief

On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Our beloved school, city, parish, and bayou region were all devastated by this destructive and intense hurricane. Many of our Vandebilt Catholic families suffered damages to their homes and properties and were without electricity and water for weeks.

Vandebilt Catholic’s campus suffered wind-related damage in all four main buildings on campus. The main entrance and administrative office building, along with the main instructional building were left with little roofing material and many windows were blown in or suffered debris strikes. The combination of window and roof damage led to those buildings sustaining water damage to the flooring on both the first and second floors.

The upstairs gym and cafeteria building suffered several smaller roof issues that led to water on the court and in the art classrooms. Additionally, the cafeteria area had standing water and some of the windows were broken or jarred open.

The Kolb center suffered a large opening in the roof which led to water damage throughout. Additional structures, including the baseball facility, football fieldhouse, the Brothers Hall, fencing and signage, and other areas on campus also suffered varying degrees of damage.

The clean-up process began soon after the storm with help from both hired professional crews, along with parents, students and faculty who were more than willing to rake leaves and pick up shingles, fallen tree branches and debris.

On September 23, Vandebilt Catholic students and faculty were able to return to classes through platooning with E.D. White on their campus in Thibodaux. Students were welcomed back to campus on Monday, November 8 after working hard in each room and space to create the best possible environment for our students.  The campus has concrete floors, some boarded windows, and a few bare walls, but we know this is temporary.    

Please continue to send prayers to our Vandebilt Catholic community, as well as all those in the bayou region who are still recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Ida.

Continued relief efforts have been set up through the events below:

Terrier Tailgate

Terrier Tailgate is an annual fundraising event typically held off-campus as a night of fellowship, games, and in-person auction. This year's event will be virtual and include an online auction, which will go LIVE on November 18, 2021 at noon and close on November 20, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.

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#iGiveCatholic is an online giving event that provides parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries affiliated with the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux the opportunity to connect with their current donors and establish relationships with new donors. It is also an opportunity for Catholics in dioceses across the country to affirm our faith as disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing our gifts out of love for God and one another. The goal of #iGiveCatholic is to inspire the greater Catholic community to come together as faithful stewards and to “Give Catholic” on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back. This year's day of giving is on November 30, 2021.

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Terrier Fund

The Terrier Fund, the Annual Fund of VCHS, is a yearlong effort designed to offset the school’s annual operating expenses. The funds help to cover the difference between the actual cost of educating a student and the tuition collected. The Terrier Fund helps to keep tuition from rising and keeps a Vandebilt Catholic education more affordable for our community.   

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Photograph of Betsy Breerwood
Betsy Breerwood
Director of Major Events and Annual Giving
Photograph of Doug Hamilton '87
Doug Hamilton '87
Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs