A Day of Joy

I was excited when an application for a business loan came to my desk from New Beginnings Word of Faith Ministries. As the Administrator of and the loan officer for Southern Mutual Financial Services, Inc. (SMFS), this was a day of immense joy. Wow, a woman pastor with a small congregation,  in which women are [...]

Moore’s II Soul Food Cafe & Catering

Mr. Moore is the owner/operator of Moores II Cafe & Catering and Moore’s II Soul Food Cafe, 502 S. Hopkins Street, New Iberia, LA. Mr. Moore is a former bus driver for the Iberia Parish School System with 20 years of service.  After retirement, he decided to pursue his passion for cooking by opening a small café [...]

1st Small Business Loan

Moores Soul Food Cafe and Catering

Dr. Phebe Hayes Joins SMFS Board

Following a long and successful career as a professor of Communicative Disorders and as Dean of the College of General Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. Hayes has emerged an important voice in Louisiana Studies and in the Acadiana community as the Founder and President of the Iberia African American Historical Society […]

Board President Appreciation

Sr. Helen Vinton, Sr. Executive Officer and Life Quality Initiatives Senior Advisor for SMHA and Clementine Matthews, Southern Mutual Financial Services, Inc. (SMFS) Sr. Advisor & Originator present Scott Sutton, SMFS President a Certificate of Appreciation for 16 years of selfless service during the SMFS Board meeting on January 12, 2021. Scott’s dedication has made […]

Annual Planning Session

On February 12th, Southern Mutual Financial Services (SMFS), carried out an annual planning session to map the Community Development Financial Institution’s course for 2019. Sister Helen Vinton and SMHA CEO Lorna Bourg, both SMFS board members, SMFS president Scott Sutton, SMFS Board Member Martha Moore, and SMHA staff Denise Chance Galatas, Andrea Ordodi and Clem Matthews […]

IBERIABANK President Taylor Barras, presents checks totaling $50,000

From left:  Lorna Bourg, (SMHA), Taylor Barras (IBERIABANK),  Clementine Matthews (SMFS) Copyright 2017 SMHA IBERIABANK President of New Iberia and Community Markets, Taylor Barras, presents checks totaling $50,000 to Lorna Bourg, Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. (SMHA) President and CEO, and Clementine Matthews, Senior Advisor/Originator for SMHA’s affiliate Southern Mutual Financial Services, Inc. (SMFS). These […]

IBERIABANK Invests $100 Million in Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

Taylor F. Barras, IBERIABANK President, New Iberia and Community Markets and Lorna Bourg, SMHA President and Executive Director IBERIABANK announced today a $100 million investment in rebuilding rural Louisiana. “IBERIABANK is committed to rebuilding a strong and prosperous Louisiana. This can best be done when our hard-working families and our rural communities devastated by hurricanes […]

Genesis of Southern Mutual Financial Services, Inc.

SMHA announced the creation of SMFS, and its plans to incorporate as a community development financial institution (CDFI.) SMFS provides affordable capital and development services to marginalized rural families to improve the quality of their lives. IBERIABANK kicked off a $3 million capital campaign with a $200,000 donation to the proposed CDFI.