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The Arc of Sabine

The Sabine Association for Retarded Children (SARC) was founded in 1969 by a local couple who wanted to help area youth who were mentally retarded or developmentally disabled. The agency later became the Sabine Association for Retarded Citizens, and today is officially named The Are of Sabine, though it is still commonly referred to as SARC.

SARC provides job opportunities, and educational and work training to disadvantaged citizens through an adult day habilitation program, and provides residential living services to up to 36 disadvantaged citizens in six separate community homes.

Today, the SARC serves 86 clients, and employs 90 people. The agency is funded primarily through the federal government with Medicaid dollars. It operates with a $1.5 million annual budget and is governed by a nine person board of directors consisting of local concerned citizens.

Through its adult day program, the SARC offers several products and services, including the following:

  • Automotive services at Sabine Car Care. (318) 256-2202
  • Trash bins, 911 signs, mesquite/ hickory chips, wishing wells. (318) 256-2025
  • Tomato / survey stakes, picnic tables, other wood products. (318) 256-6905
  • Janitorial services, ironing, lawn maintenance. (318) 256-2025
  • Thrift Store – 995 Main Street, Many, LA (318) 590-0170

Louisiana Technical College

1255 Fisher Road 
PO. Box 790
Many, LA 71449
(318) 256-4101
or visit

The Louisiana Technical College Sabine Valley Campus was first founded as the Sabine Parish Trade School and opened its doors in 1952. The school served primarily Sabine Parish. The name of the school has changed as the mission and/or service area changed as reflected by its past names of Sabine Valley Vocational Technical School to reflect the expanded service area of Vernon, Sabine, and DeSoto parishes; Sabine Valley Technical Institute to reflect the change in mission to offer more technology related training programs; and most recently to Louisiana Technical College – Sabine Valley Campus to reflect the expansion of course offerings to include the Associate of Applied Technology Degrees.

The mission of the college is to provide relevant technical and academic education needed to assist individuals in making informed and meaningful occupational choices. Its purpose is to train, retrain, cross-train, and continually upgrade the state’s work force to the end that individuals are employable at both entry and advanced levels.
The college offers full-time and part-time instruction for all job preparatory programs offered. All programs offered are open to any person 16 years of age or older regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or qualified handicap. Associate Degree programs offered in the Business Department require a high school diploma.

A GED program is offered in conjunction with the Sabine Parish School System at the college campus for persons who wish to pursue a high school equivalency diploma. This program may be taken alone or in conjunction with other skilled training as the schedule allows.
Training programs currently offered at the school include the following

    • Certified Nursing Assistant
    • Communications Electronics
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Industrial Electronics Technology
    • Automotive Technology
    • Band and Circular Saw Filing
    • Welding
    • Accounting Technology
    • Office Systems Technology
    • Computer Specialist – Applications

In addition to the above preparatory training programs, the college offers evening extension classes for the purpose of upgrading training for current employees; customized training for the purpose of providing selective training to persons in a particular business or industry; quick-start training for new companies and/or existing companies expanding to provide at least 10 new jobs. The college can also offer Zenger Miller training programs to companies needing training for employees in interpersonal skills, leadership skills, or quality enhancement.

The college offers financial aid to qualified applicants in the job preparatory training programs. Financial aid is available through the Pell Grant, Veteran’s Benefits, JTPA, Vocational Rehabilitation, Project Independence, and other agencies.

The LTC – Sabine Valley Campus is a state-operated college offering quality education at a low tuition cost to its local citizens. . All interested persons may receive information concerning enrollment by coming by the college and speaking with the Student Personnel Services Officer or by calling the school. The LTC – Sabine Valley Campus is an Equal Opportunity School.

Other Organizations

Rotary Club of Many

Contact: Rob Morrow (318) 256-9401

Various businessmen of Many, with the help of the Rotary Club of Natchitoches, got together and began the Rotary Club of Many in 1968. Since that time, the Rotary Club of Many has established itself as one of the strongest clubs in Sabine Parish and the surrounding area. Today, the Club is 36 members strong and continues to grow and participate in many activities throughout Sabine Parish.

Fund raisers are the key to the club’s success. Three major fund-raisers in which the Club participates is the Flag Contract, where flags are placed at each participating business or individual on major holidays, the Rummage Sale, held on the first weekend in November, and the Annual Pancake Supper usually held in February.

With its fund-raisers, the club sponsors three college scholarships for students in Sabine Parish. Over the past few years, the Rotary Club has given over $20,000 in scholarships. The club also sponsors students to the Boy’s and Girl’s State, Camp RYLA, and this year, the club has approved a student to attend Camp Enterprise.

The club also makes monthly donations to the Taylor House, a shelter for abused women and children; Meals on Wheels, a couple that is fed one meal a day for one year; St. Jude’s, the March of Dimes, Coats for Kids, the “Angel” tree at Christmas and Many’s June Jubilee. The list could go on.

One major project the Club has worked hard on and has gained international recognition is the water project in El Salvador. The Rotary Club of Many with the help of Rotary International and the Rotary Club of El Salvador was recently approved for a grant of over $500,000 to help the people in EI Salvador have running water in their homes.

The Rotary Club is on the grow and if you want to grow with us, please contact a Rotary member for information on how you can be a member and grow with us.

Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts

Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops are active throughout the parish. Area Scouts are members of the Netami District, Norwela Council out of Shreveport. District Executive is Tony Rachel of Robeline. (318) 354-1686.

Over the past few years, Scouts have actively participated in Popcorn Sales, Scouting for Food, Clothing Drives, Pinewood Derby and numerous other activities. The Scouts are always visible during parades and at area festivals. From earning scholarship money for camps at Garland Scout Ranch by working at the invitational bass tournaments on Toledo Bend Lake, to helping erect flagpoles for elected officials, to collecting clothing for the needy, the Scouts have distinguished themselves as young leaders in each of the communities they represent.
Dedicated to guiding young men, from first grade through high school, the Scouting Program helps develop leadership through self motivation hard work and serving others. Scouting units may be found in Many, Zwolle, Negreet, Pleasant Hill, Florien and at the Mormon Church.

Many Lions Club

The Many Lions Club was founded August 22, 1927. Over the years the Lions Club has been involved in numerous civic activities. Through their membership, they support the La. Crippled Children’s Camp in Leesville and host barbecues for the campers several times during the summer months. They contribute to the La. Eye Foundation and on a local level collect eyeglasses. Fund-raisers throughout the year allow the club, which is composed of 30 business leaders, to award two scholarships to high school graduates. The Lions have long distinguished themselves in community service.

Many Lioness Club

Founded in the 1970’s as an auxiliary of the Many Lions Club, the Many Lioness Club is a service organization composed of ladies who have proven themselves as hard workers. The Lioness Club sponsors the Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant as a fund-raiser annually. They participate in numerous community events, including parades, festivals and Lions-sponsored events. “We Serve Too” is their motto.

Wildflower Garden Club

The Wildflower Garden Club of Sabine Parish is a social organization with the purpose of friendship and getting acquainted with local residents and newcomers.

The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month in a member’s home.

Club dues of $15 per year includes membership to any or all sub-club functions. Subclubs include:

  • Garden Club
  • Golfing Group
  • Little Stitches
  • Snack and Snoop Group
  • Genealogy Group
  • Exercise Group

All guests are welcome

For information call Junie Dahlem at (318) 256-5278 or Jerry Whiting at (318) 256-9983

Project Celebration

580 Main St. 
Many, LA 71449 
( 318) 256-6242

Project Celebration, Inc. is a nonprofit community resource agency located in Many , Louisiana. It was established in mid-1980 by citizens of Sabine Parish who were concerned about drugs and violence in their community. The roots of the organization can be traced back to a group of energetic parents wanting a better future for their children. The goals at that time were simply to bring the high school prom back to the school setting and to provide a drug and alcohol Free graduation night for seniors.

Project Celebration became incorporated in 1989. The goal of the organization by this time was to reach parents and young people with information encouraging healthy lifestyles. During the following years, Project Celebration brought Drug Abuse awareness information to the community in a variety of ways. Contracting with Sabine and Vernon Parish School Districts, administering small grants, and enlisting the aid of volunteers, are just a few of the methods used to disseminate drug abuse and violence prevention awareness material and information.

Project Celebration has been instrumental in bringing much needed programs, such as the Youth Center, the D.A.R.E. program, Head Start, and the Taylor House to the community. New services are continually being sought in an effort to enrich the lives of the residents of Toledo Bend Country.

The Project Celebration main office is located in downtown Many, in a turn-of-the-century two-story house available to various agencies and organizations to hold training and meetings. Project Celebration is currently facilitating the F.I.N.S. program for the 11th Judicial Court; a Children’s Trust Fund grant to maintain a Community Resource Center; Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communications services for Vernon Parish Schools; the Mayor’s Youth Council; the Taylor House; Sabine Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence; and other programs within the scope of positive community development. Private counseling is also offered on site at Project Celebration.

In keeping with the history of Project Celebration, they remain involved as facilitators of the annual Project Graduation, providing a drug and alcohol free party for seniors on their graduation night. They will also continue to pursue worthwhile programs and funding to aid in the development of our community, creating a safe and healthy environment for area families and children.

Sabine Council on Aging

200 Legacy Dr. 
Many, LA 71449
(318) 256-4140   (800) 256-4140

Joining hands to the elderly of Sabine Parish

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is a local nonprofit agency which:

  • directs service to the elderly of the parish to promote and prolong maximum independent living
  • keeps abreast of the latest developments in the field of aging
  • addresses the unique concerns and needs of the elderly
  • provides information to the elderly about agencies and government bodies

Transportation Routes: Zwolle North, Many, Rattan/Florien, Zwolle South/ Pleasant Hill, and Converse.


  • Medicaid Transportation: Shreveport Trips on Thursdays Local trips daily. Dialysis to Natchitoches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Council on Aging has a total of seven vans.
  • Pioneer Medical System: An emergency telephone response system. A low monthly rental fee of sixteen dollars. There are forty six units in service.
  • Medical Card applications: An average of 25 per month taken.
  • Information and Referral: Information is provided by way of telephone or person to person for those needing assistance from another agency.
  • Telephone Reassurance: A call from our agency is placed daily to the Elderly, Handicapped or live-alone on weekdays. An average of 38 daily.
  • Outreach: Initial seek and search activities to identify isolated and hard to reach individuals in order to assist them in gaining access to needed services. An average of 60 per month.
  • Elderly Abuse or Neglect: Our agency provides a source to report instances of abuse and neglect and refer that information to the appropriate agency.
  • Ombudsman: If a family member of a resident of nursing home or the resident himself has a complaint, an agency representative will review the complaint and attempt to resolve the problem.
  • Legal Assistance: Legal seminars are held throughout Sabine Parish concerning topics of interest to the Elderly. Free one-on-one legal consulting with a lawyer.
  • Education: Assistance for older persons to attain and maintain a favorable condition of health by helping them identify and understand their health needs and to secure and utilize necessary preventive and medical care. The SCOA has a Nutrition Consultant.
  • Recreation: Bingo, Crafts, Trips, Quilting. Various activities are held at each site every month.
  • Meals: The agency provides nutritious, hot meals to participants who are able to attend a meal site and to those qualified individuals who are homebound. The SCOA has four meal sites: Many serves an average of 17 daily; Zwolle serves an average of 20 daily; Pleasant Hill serves an average of 18 daily; and Converse serves an average of 10 daily.
  • Homebound Meals: Homebound Meals are delivered to elderly who are homebound. These clients receive one hot meal daily. We serve approximately 255 clients a day.
  • Advocacy: Action on behalf of older persons to secure needed services and benefits.
  • Adult Medicaid Waiver: (Administered by DHH) Other wise known as Personal Care Attendants. We are presently serving two slots.

Sponsor a Senior Citizen
If you would like to sponsor a senior citizen of Sabine Parish, please send the following information along with your contribution to the address above:
Amount: $______ Annually__   Quarterly__     Monthly__    In memory of:_____________
Your contribution is TAX DEDUCTIBLE; For a receipt please include your name and complete address.
Volunteer Your Time
If you wish to be a volunteer, please contact us with your Name, Address, and Area of Interest at the address or telephone number above.

Sabine River Authority – State of Louisiana

15901 Texas Highway
Many, La 71449-5718
Telephone (318) 256-4112     Toll Free (800) 259-LAKE  (259-5253)     Fax (318) 256-4179
or visit

Toledo Bend Lake

The Toledo Bend Project was constructed by the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana and the Sabine River Authority of Texas, primarily for the purpose of water supply, hydroelectric power generation and recreation. Construction of the Project began in April 1964 with completion of the power plant in 1969. The Reservoir is located in Louisiana and Texas on the Sabine River, which forms a portion of the boundary between the two states.

Toledo Bend Reservoir is the largest man-made body of water in the South, and the fifth largest in surface acres in the United States with water normally covering an area of 185,000 acres at full pool stage. From the damsite the reservoir extends up the river for about 65 miles to Logansport, Louisiana.

The Reservoir with its 1,200 miles of shoreline, offers an almost unlimited opportunity for recreational development and is a major element in serving the growing demand for water oriented outdoor recreation. Both private and public facilities are available for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, etc.

The Toledo Bend area is unique for retirement. It is ideally suited to all ages. It offers a temperate climate, recreation, clean air and water, choice homesites, low property taxes, police and fire protection, and a stable economy in a scenic and historic setting in Western Louisiana.

Leaseback and Permits

As the regulatory authority for Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sabine River Authority of Louisiana has the responsibility of insuring the proper use of the shoreline of Toledo Bend by adjacent landowners. As such the leaseback and permit program was developed.

The leaseback along the shore of Toledo Bend is land owned by the SRA which lays between the top of power pool elevation of 172 feet and the take line, normally at the 175 foot elevation. This land was leased to the adjacent property owner and the leaseback agreement is a means whereby the private land owners may have the use of this property.

The lessee, or his heirs, has the right to remain in possession of the leaseback agreement for 99 years. The Leaseback Agreement allows for the construction and ownership of docks, boathouses, wharves and retaining walls for boating, fishing and swimming. The lessee also enjoys the exclusive use of the whole area to grow and to cultivate and to cut and remove timber and agricultural crops, including grazing of animals.

Applications must be made for and permission granted by the SRA to locate piers, docks, boathouses or other facilities that extend into the reservoir below the 172 foot elevation.

Although the lessee enjoys many privileges with the Leaseback Agreement, there are some restrictions: because the land below the 175 foot elevation is subject to flooding, buildings or structures for human habitation are not permitted on leaseback. Also in an effort to keep the waters of Toledo Bend pure, no bathroom facilities, septic tanks, oxidation ponds or tanks are permitted in the leaseback area.

A fee of $35 is charged for any permit to construct a dock, boathouse, wharves or retaining wall. Also, a permit transfer fee of $35 is required for ownership changes. Water withdrawal permits have an annual fee of $50. Anyone having questions or desiring information on leasebacks or permits should contact the Sabine River Authority at (318) 256-4112.

SRA Parks

The Sabine River Authority also owns and operates five large recreation parks on Toledo Bend Reservoir. These parks have a total combined area of 738 acres and offer several different services to the public. Each park contains a boat launching ramp, parking area, restroom facilities and areas for primitive camping. In addition to these facilities, San Miguel, Cypress Bend Park, and Pleasure Point Park also have a total of 180 RV trailer spurs, with either partial or complete utility hook-ups.

Toledo Bend Tourist Information Center

The Sabine River Authority also operates the Toledo Bend Tourist Information Center. Located at the foot of Pendleton Bridge on Highway 6 West, the center is open seven days a week and staffed to give tourists information on Sabine Parish and surrounding areas. They can also give anyone information on lodging, restaurants, marinas, fishing reports, etc. If you should need to contact our Information Center you can call (318)256-4114 or (800) 259-LAKE.

Clearing Boot Lanes & Recreational Areas

The Sabine River Authority’s stump cutting barges are steadily working to clear boat lanes and recreational areas. SRA is continuing to place buoy markings along the boat lanes to insure a safer lake for all to enjoy.

Enhancement Programs for Bass Fishing

The Lunker Bass Program the Sabine River Authority initiated several years ago rewards any angler catching a bass weighing 10 pounds or more with a replica of his catch if he agrees to release it live back into the reservoir. Also during the last three years, the SRA has contributed in excess of $150,000 to the Florida Bass Stocking Program bringing the total to over 8.5 million fingerlings placed in the Reservoir since the beginning of the program. A special live release barge, donated by Shimano Corporation to the SRA, is used in major tournaments to increase the number of live fish returned to Toledo Bend. For the last few years the Lunker Bass Program has been funded by the Toledo Bend Lake Association.

The Taylor House

Taylor House c/o Project Celebration, Inc. 
Community Development Programs
580 West Main St.
Many, LA 71449
Phone (318) 256-6242     Fax (318) 256-2064
Taylor House Sabine Shelter: (318) 256-3408      (877) 256-6242 toll free

The Taylor House, located in Many, is a safe house for victims of domestic violence.

The Taylor House is a refurbished boarding house, fully equipped to support both victims and their children in a residential setting. It is a transitional house – between a crisis shelter and the outside world – for these families. The residents will be preparing to attend college, begin trade school or seek employment.

Taylor House provides domestic violence victims:

  • A caring environment in which to begin a new life
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Assistance with legal, medical, and financial problems
  • Assistance finding employment and/or returning to school
  • Community education. Speakers are available to talk to interested groups and organizations about domestic violence and our program.

Facts about Domestic Violence

  • A woman is battered every 8 seconds
  • Half of all women in intimate relationships suffer at some time from domestic violence
  • 50% of all girls who grow up with domestic violence grow up to be abused in their adult relationship
  • 70% of all boys who witness violence in the home grow up to abuse their adult mates
  • Every day, seven women die at the hands of their abuser
  • Every year, more than five billion dollars is spent on family violence

Crisis Numbers

  • June Jenkins (800) 54ABUSE
  • Turning Point (800) 960-9436
  • Hope House (318) 487-2061
  • Many Police (318) 256-5617
  • Sabine Sheriff (318) 256-9241
  • Mansfield Police (318) 872-0520
  • DeSoto Sheriff (318) 872-3956
  • YWCA (800) 338-6536

Things to remember if physically attacked:

  • Do whatever is necessary to protect yourself
  • If possible, shield your face, head and abdomen. Call for help.
  • Consider leaving with your children as soon as possible
  • Get medical help
  • Petition a court in your area for retraining order. This will prevent the abuser from having contact with you or your children.

If you would like to make donations, mail to the address above.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

290 Pico Street (in Wrights’ Shopping Center)
Many, La. 71449
(318) 256-3491.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), was born in the Dust Bowl days of the 1930’s. NRCS is the federal agency that works with private landowners to help them protect their natural resources. This service is offered at no cost to landowners.

NRCS works in close cooperation with local soil and water conservation districts through local field offices that serve nearly every county in the nation to provide the technical assistance landowners need.

The Many field office serves all people who live and work on the land. The majority of technical assistance goes to helping farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners develop conservation systems suited to their land and individual ways of doing business. Rural and urban communities seek help in combating erosion, conserving and protecting water, and solving other resource problems. The local office helps local Resources Conservation and Development (RC & D) councils identify and solve human, economic, and environmental problems. They also work with schools, environmental groups and others by providing educational information programs. To help Sabine Parish landowners solve their problems they have the following USDA costshare programs available to assist:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) – Jointly implemented by FSA and NRCS, this program establishes conservation priority areas where water, soil, and related natural resource problems exist. The program establishes five to 10 year contracts to provide technical assistance and pays up to 75 percent of the cost of conservation practices such as composting, dead litter facilities, ponds, cross-fencing, tree planting on pasture and cropland only, wells, and erosion control.
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) – The program provides technical assistance and cost-share payments to landowners interested in improving upland wildlife habitat, wetland wildlife habitat, threatened or endangered species habitat, fisheries and other wildlife habitat. Landowners may receive cost-share payments amounting to 75 percent of the cost of establishing eligible conservation practices, but total payments not exceeding $10,000 per individual. The NRCSs will develop a Wildlife Habitat Development Plan of Operations, which identifies necessary conservation practices, baseline wildlife habitat conditions, and a schedule of implementation and maintenance. Cost-share conservation practices must be maintained for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Forestry Incentives Program (FIP)- This is a program for private, non-industrial forest landowners who own no more than 1,000 acres of eligible land and have land suitable for producing marketable timber crops. FIP is designed to share tree-planting and forest management expenses with eligible, private landowners to prevent future shortages of sawtimber, plywood logs and quality hardwood logs. Land owners can receive up to $5,000 dollars to enhance their timber land

Other programs such as Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Wetland Reserve Program(WRP), and others may be available if your land can qualify. All USDA services and programs are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, martial status, or handicap.

Toledo Bend Lake Association

The Toledo Bend Lake Association (formerly Louisiana Toledo Bend Lake Association) is simply a group of citizens deeply interested in the community in which we live, a group of people involved in the betterment of the Toledo Bend Lake area. At present our membership total 150 persons with varying backgrounds and occupations. We are not a political organization, nor do we have an affiliation with any stale or federal agency. We are a nonprofit organization.

In recent time the Toledo Bend Lake Association has been deeply involved in the following projects:

  • Florida Bass Restocking Programs
  • Roadside Cleanup efforts
  • Bass Tournament Promotions
  • Parish Wide Recycling Program

For more information about the club or joining you can write to Toledo Bend Lake Association at P.O. Box 5, Many, La. 71449. Please joint today, we need your input, your ideas, and your enthusiasm.

Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District

290 Pico Street (in the Wrights’ Shopping Center)
Many, LA 71449
(318) 256-3491

The Sabine SWCD is a legal subdivision of the Louisiana State government responsible for the conservation of soil and water resources within its boundaries. Districts are governed by supervisors that are “farm friendly” and environmentally sensitive. Districts have a grassroots representation whose mission extends beyond production agriculture to achieve sustainability and environmental goals. The District boundaries and organizational structures are receptive to total resources and ecological management systems instead of singularly focusing on single treatments. The major function of the SWCD is to analyze needs, and develop a long-range program aimed at solving problems of soil and water conservation.

Through the District, these problems are solved largely by landusers with technical and educational assistance furnished by various organizations and agencies of government. Most of the technical assistance to the District is furnished by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The District, with NRCS help, assists landowners, land-users, operators and units of local and state government in solving soil, water, and related problems in the District. The District considers everybody in the parish as part of our conservation team. To meet this challenge the District Board and assisting agencies require participants to:

  • attend district Board meetings and make suggestions
  • become a cooperator with the Sabine · SWCD
  • develop and carryout a conservation plan on your land
  • become aware of our conservation needs and let lawmakers know of your concerns for these needs
  • demand that community leaders plan ahead and use our land and its resources wisely
  • encourage conservation education so that the youth are more aware of the environment and will become better stewards of soil and water resources
  • help conserve the resources of the parish – soil and water conservation is everyone’s job!

If possible, volunteer your time! Remember everyone can man make a difference even if volunteers can only spend one hour a week.

The District has been recognized in the state and the nation for its conservation information and education programs. For the past three years, the District has been awarded top honors for their Soil and Water Stewardship activities. The District has won and has been awarded the NACD/Goodyear Award honor District for the past two years. Along with these accolades, the District has also won two national awards for their public information campaign for their “Deer Hunters Workshop” and print media for their “Volunteer Program” during 1998 under the National Association of Conservation District Equipment Manufacturers Institute (NACDIEMI) District Outreach Awards.

The Sabine SWCD includes 647,354 acres, which covers all of Sabine Parish. The district is governed by a five-member board of supervisors. The five-member board consist of three members elected by local landowners and two appointed by the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee.

All District services and programs are offered on a non discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.