The Extra Mile Region IV, Inc.

Who We Are

To enhance and enrich the quality of life for all persons served by the State of Louisiana by mobilizing people and resources in our community

We further the community’s understanding of the agencies we serve, the services they provide and the needs of the consumers receiving these services.

Through a variety of fund development activities and through the donation of goods and services, we help meet the needs of the clients referred by the State Agency partners, including the Office of Behavioral Health and The Office of Family Support

Serving Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry, Acadia, Vermilion, Evangeline and Iberia Parishes

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What We Do

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator – Karen Hebert

We recruit, screen, orient, train, place, evaluate and recognize volunteers who serve our client populations. Volunteers provide direct client assistance and help in facilities that serve clients. 

Donated items include but is not limited to providing Easter and Christmas gifts to foster and adoptive children and biological children served through the Office of Family Support, assisted clients in recovery who are graduating from a halfway house and re-establishing their own home by providing furniture and household items, helped support social and recreational events for persons with mental illness, made toys and games available to children visiting their non-custodial parent.  Through donations, we were also able to provide clothing, food, and limited emergency assistance.

Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30

The Clothes Closet is run by volunteers from the community. The volunteers receive donations, organize the closet and prepare for clients to shop. Clients come to the clothes closet through referrals from the Office of Office of Behavioral Health, The Office of Family Support,  The Red Cross, The United Way of Acadiana, The United Way of St. Landry / Evangeline, The Faith House, The Lighthouse, The Well, St. Josephs Shelter, Volunteers of America, Acadiana Cares, half way houses for addictions, University Medical Center, the local providers for treatment in the seven parishes we serve.

The clothing and other items are distributed to the clients FREE of CHARGE.

CAREFREE Counseling

Coordinator – Karen Hebert

Volunteer mental health professionals in the community provide free counseling to individuals who do not meet criteria for the state mental health system and who do not have insurance that allows them to access private therapy. This program focuses on prevention, based on the philosophy that if people can get the help they need early on, they will have a better chance of recovery.

Director – Evangeline Boudreaux
DCSF Program Liaison - Kathleen Shaw
Resource Manager - Sonya Meadors
Mentoring Mom - Evelyn Thomas
Resource Manager - Charelle Morgan
Resource Manager - Monique Daigle
Mentoring Mom - Rose Brown
Resource Manager - Elonn Johnson

Director – Jody Harris
Homebuilders Therapists - Willard Labrie
Homebuilders Therapists - Brandy Walker
Homebuilders Therapists - Claudia Fergus

This research based family preservation program provides intensive home based services to families referred by OCS when the goal is reunification back to the biological family, residential step-down or prevention of placement disruption. Resource managers spend about 10 hours/week with the family for 4 weeks.

The Extra Mile Family Resource Centers offer an array of services to stabilize families at risk by providing and coordinating prevention and support services. Through community based education and intervention programs, we promote safety, well being and permanency for children in foster care or at risk of going into care and we provide support for foster and adoptive families so that unplanned placement disruptions may be averted.

The Extra Mile Family Resource Centers provide services to biological families at risk of dissolution due to abuse and/or neglect and FINS (Families in Need of Services) families. All referrals are made through the Office of Community Services or FINS. Funding is provided by Office of Community Services.

Program Director - Monique Daigle
Location: 111 St. Antoine Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

AVEC Les Enfants provides a safe and secure place for children to visit with non-custodial parents and for exchanges for visitation purposes to occur in a safe way. All visits and exchanges are supervised by volunteer monitors that must undergo training. This program is funded through the Office on Violence Against Women, service fees and donations.

Director – Karen Hebert

The Lafayette Activity and Resource Center
525 S. Buchanan 1st Floor
Lafayette, LA 70501

The Activity and Resource Center provides a safe, stigma free place for persons with chronic and persistent mental illness to go for education, recreation and socialization. The Resource and Activity Centers improve the quality of life for mental health consumers by promoting personal empowerment and recovery. The Centers are open 5 days a week from 8a.m until 2 p.m. Anyone with mental health issues may attend. These programs are supported through the Office of Mental Health.


This program provides training and employment for Peer Support Specialists (PSS). Peer Support Specialists are persons with mental illness who are trained to provide nonjudgmental support to others with mental illness. In addition, Peer Support Specialists are able to conduct WRAP groups (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). Both the Peer Support program and the WRAP are evidence-based programs that focus on empowerment, recovery and resiliency.

Director – John Brown

The Extra Mile contracts with Employment Development Services as a “workshop” to provide employment to persons with mental illness. Clients are hired to provide janitorial services to the Office of Mental Health, Department of Labor, Codefil, LARC and private businesses.

Host – Linda Boudreaux

This 30 minute television program is produced by The Extra Mile volunteers in cooperation with Acadiana Open Channel. Utilizing an interview format, the program features a variety of guests that are of general interest to the community. Approximately 52 programs are produced and aired annually.

Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities/Emergency Assistance Program

Through a partnership with OCDD, The Extra Mile provides emergency assistance funds to persons with developmental disabilities. This is a fiscal management program where OCDD funds for support of clients are accessed through The Extra Mile.


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Address Information
525 S. Buchanan St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Karen Hebert
Contact Title: Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 337-237-2090 ext 114
Fax: 337-237-2083
We are located close to the Iberia Bank Towers and the downtown Library.
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