How 3 Boat Rescuers Came Together to Create the Cajun Army in 2016

When 33 inches of rain fell on central Louisiana in August 2016, the Cajun Navy performed boat rescues throughout the region. On one of those boats, a group of three men helped pull people from the water. In between rescues, the three wondered what would happen next? After the
water receded? There was no clear answer, only a desire to help Louisianans recover from the devastation among the trio.

On that boat that afternoon, the Cajun Army was born. Immediately after getting home, Chris King, Nick Loupe and Josh Loupe started calling friends. They wanted to find people willing to muck out and gut homes in the affected areas. People responded. They responded in droves. So many volunteers showed up that a way to organize the chaos was quickly needed.

A website and Facebook group were created. An app called Zello was downloaded. Warehouse space was sought and an Amazon Wishlist created. From its beginning, Cajun Army did not accept cash donations. It operated under the belief that God would provide the people, the materials, the knowledge and the resources it needed to get the job done.

And that’s exactly what happened. For months, Cajun Army volunteers worked to demo flooded homes in three parishes. Thousands of volunteers responded to help, and the Cajun Army was able to assist countless residents either through direct service or by connecting them with agencies and charitable organizations that could help. Even while helping in Louisiana, the Cajun Army responded to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew, and today is helping in Texas where thousands of homes were flooded following Hurricane Harvey.

Support for Texans is needed in the form of tools, cleaning supplies and most importantly, volunteer manpower. The Cajun Army provides services free-of-charge, and continues its policy of not accepting cash donations. An Amazon Wishlist is utilized to direct donations, and as a 501(c)(3) organization, the Cajun Army can provide tax receipts.