Local women join forces to Restore the River Parishes

Imani Gros, Tramaine Eugene-Robinson and Marshe Ursin have each donated their time recently to local community events.

Two local with women with strong ties to community service have partnered together on a new venture – to Restore the River Parishes.

“My hope is to bring awareness and resources to the most forgotten communities and individuals within the River Parishes,” Tramaine Eugene-Robinson, a St. Rose resident, said.

In 2020 Eugene-Robinson and her family created the non-profit United 1st Steps with the mission to restore self- dignity and self-reliance, decrease homelessness and unite individuals in the community with the resources needed to take the first steps toward their education, career and housing stability.

In her venture to Restore the River Parishes after Hurricane Ida, Eugene-Robinson is partnering with Imani Gros.

Gros, a Boutte native and resident, owns her own cooking business Mani Meals and is known in the community for organizing community events and feeding people in their times of need.

Eugene-Robinson said the goal of Restore the River Parishes to provide the elderly and disabled population of the River Region with the essentials they need. She said herself and other volunteers have been communicating with eligible individuals in St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James parishes to assess needs and deliver supplies.

Food, clothing, toiletries and other personal items are just some of the available deliveries, Eugene-Robinson said, adding the group hopes to be able to expand their services to single mothers in the future.

To coordinate a delivery or to request service, contact Eugene-Robinson at 504-858-3635.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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