Basketball Tournament for NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative 7/3

The New Orleans Interfaith Peace Initiative is sponsoring the first New Orleans Peace Tournament targeting young men (ages 18-25) and will be held the Central City neighborhood at the historic New Zion Baptist Church located at 2319 Third Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. This one-day tournament is modeled after the Peace Games in Chicago, spearheaded by Father Mike Pfleger and several NBA Partners and is scheduled for July 3rd from 9am to 5pm and will target 60 young men representing many areas in the Greater New Orleans Area.

“Choosing to host the event at New Zion is significant to the Central City Community. Many youth don’t know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., started the Civil Rights movement hear in Central City 50 years ago. We want young men to feel empowered by discussing Peace, just like the leaders revered around the world. We hope that participants leave inspired to bring this spirit of Peace back to their neighborhoods,” states Pastor Nelson Dexter, Temple of Praise Ministries and the Isaiah Institute of New Orleans.

Our goals are to use basketball as a means to help young men build positive relationships, to enlist youth in becoming leaders and peace-makers, and to support them by identifying resources needed such as workforce development and social services that promote a better quality of life. While the participation of pro-basketball players will attract participants, the event’s goals are to provide lasting motivation to young men.

Former Mayor and President of the National Urban League, Marc Morial and United States Attorney Kenneth Polite, have partnered with NOLA Interface Peace Initiative and will address participants and faith-leaders and offer continued support and commitment to peace in New Orleans. From 4:00 – 5:00pm, Marc Morial and additional guest speakers, such as Greg Monroe, with the NBA Detroit Pistons and native of the New Orleans Area, will address tournament participants.

Event partners and guests will include, Isaiah Institute of New Orleans, One Voice Louisiana, Temple of Praise Ministries, Carver Desire Baptist Church, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Loyola University of New Orleans, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, Connor Sports, Members of the New Orleans City Council and a host of other community and corporate partners.

About the NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative
The NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative is a collaborative of 40+ organizations that envisions a united community supportive of the mayor, city government, institutions, and each other; all of us focused on bringing and maintaining peace in our homes, neighborhoods, and city. This initiative will create a network of sustainable neighborhood peace initiatives led by institutions of faith that focus on protecting and enriching the lives of our children and the prosperity of our city.

About the Peace Games
In 2012, Peace Games Tournament inspired hope and motivated in the Chicago communities. Since September 12, 2012, there have been zero reported shootings between the participants in the tournament. This is an extraordinary testament to the power of basketball as a way to promote peace, build relationships and create brotherhood. The Peacemaker Basketball League at St. Sabina also was born from the success of the 2012 Peace Tournament. The impact of the event resonated throughout the south side Chicago community, and inspired young men from the neighborhood to approach Fr. Pfleger about hosting peace games on a regular basis.

Head Start registration open

Head Start is a child and family development program with special emphasis on a comprehensive range of services for children from infancy to 2 years (Early Head Start) and preschoolers 3 to 4 years of age (Head Start), including children with disabilities. The services include  social services, mental health services, nutrition services and early childhood education to promote the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of each child. Families receive experiences and services that help enhance their social and economic self-sufficiency and strengthen their family unity.

If you are interested in getting a “Head Start” for your child, the following Head Start and Early Head Start Centers are accepting applications.Please bring your child’s birth certificate, proof of income, immunization record and Parent/Guardian Identification to the center of your choice.


Incarnate Word Head Start/Early Head Start                         Louise Head Start
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)                                                                             (Ages 3- 5 years)
8326 Apricot Street                                                                                       1205 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118                                                                                New Orleans, La 70115
504-861-6365                                                                                                  504-891-2871
Family Service Workers                                                                     Family Service Workers
Petrina Balser                                                                                                    Michelle Barrow
Phyllis Carter                                                                                                     Cossette Lainez


St. John the Baptist Head  Start                                                      Leslie Early Head Start                
(Ages 3- 5 years)                                                                                              (Ages 6 weeks – 2 years)
1920 Clio Street                                                                                              2126 Constance Street
New Orleans, LA 70113                                                                                New Orleans, LA 70130
504-529-2557                                                                                                  504-522-2725
Family Service Workers                                                                      Family Service Worker
Tonya Credit                                                                                                      Phyllis Carter
Tammy Nash
Alicia Davis


St. Mary of the Angels Head Start/Early Head Start              
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)
2225 Congress Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Family Service Workers  
Alicia Davis
Jami’i Turner

2nd Collection for Catholic Charities this Weekend

On the weekend of February 8 & 9, 2014 the annual second collection for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans will be held. This collection raises crucial, undesignated dollars for Catholic Charities to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable across the eight civil parishes of the archdiocese. Please remember those in need this weekend and help support our programs and ministries serving the most poor and vulnerable in our community.

Fast Facts about Catholic Charities:

  • The second collection this weekend provides undesignated funds for Catholic Charities. Undesignated funds are crucial because they enable Catholic Charities to quickly respond to areas of greatest need during times of crisis and in the wake of disasters and hurricanes.
  • Our mission is to be the heart and hands of Jesus Christ through programs that serve the most vulnerable and needy: Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need. Impelled by the love and teaching of Jesus Christ, we offer life-giving programs, advocate for the voiceless and empower the poor and vulnerable to foster a more just society.
  • Catholic Charities embraces the poor and vulnerable – no matter who they are! Catholic Charities serves people regardless of religion, age, race, ethnicity or economic status.
  • Many hands, one heart! Catholic Charities is an umbrella agency of many programs and ministries including food and nutrition programs, education programs for children and adults, pro-life and adoption services, and care for the elderly. We provide services for those in need from the womb to the tomb!
  • Catholic Charities serves the eight civil parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans –   Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, Washington, and St. Tammany.
  • Last year*, Catholic Charities served 105,594 people including:
    • 1,795 students of all ages were served through our educational programs such as After School Assembly, ESL programs, Head Start and Summer Witness Camps. 192 students were served through Catholic Charities School Based Counseling.
    • 245 hearing impaired individuals were assisted with 5,638 hours of sign language interpreting through our Deaf Action Center.
    • 488 homeless were given food and shelter through our homeless services programs, including Baronne Street and Beyond Shelter Transitional Housing.
    • 781 individuals and families received assistance in the wake of Hurricane Isaac including case management, direct assistance and rebuilding assistance.

*FY July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

  •  More than 95% of every dollar donated goes to direct services to serve the poor and vulnerable.

Please give generously this weekend. Thank you for your support!

Amerigroup Louisiana Ignites 2014 with a Healthy Head Start

Amerigroup Louisiana Presdient George Bucher with Sr. Marjorie Hebert, Steve Lenahan (Director of Education Services) and Tommie A. Vassel (CCANO Board Chairman).

Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., announced its Louisiana health plan contributed $25,000 to support Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) Head Start program, supporting all five Head Start sites throughout the New Orleans community.

 “We are proud to provide continued support over the past two years to such a worthwhile organization,” said George Bucher, Amerigroup Louisiana president. “Positively impacting a child’s life at an early age helps to increase the chances the child will live a healthier life and has a brighter future.”

Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to all low-income children—infants, toddlers, and preschoolers—and their families. Families who qualify for Head Start earn less than 130% of the federal poverty level.

“Catholic Charities Head Start is blessed to have the commitment and support of Amerigroup Louisiana, whose mission and values align well with ours,” said Sister Marjorie Hebert, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans president and chief executive officer. “The generous donation will help highlight the value and importance of children’s health to their success in school and in life.”

The grant will help support nearly 500 children and their families in the following ways:

  • Immunizations
  • Well-child visits
  • Childhood obesity prevention, healthy eating, and nutritional education
  • Pre- and post-natal check-ups

“I have two children who attend Head Start, and if it had not been for this program, I don’t know how I would have been able to further my education or work a part-time job in today’s world,” said Olivia Johnson, Head Start parent. “Most single mothers do not have the help we need. At Head Start, my kids are getting love, not just at home, but at school, and they are learning and playing with other kids and I am grateful they are being taken care of.”

 For more than 40 years, CCANO has provided thousands of local children a foundation to launch bright futures through Head Start programs. CCANO’s Head Start and Early Head Start Centers strive to accomplish the following:

  • All children should reach their full potential
  • Every child can succeed
  • We can impact the success of at-risk children
  • Quality early education fundamentally transforms children and families

 About Amerigroup Louisiana

Amerigroup Louisiana began serving members on Feb. 1, 2012. We currently serve 129,000 members through Medicaid, Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Supplemental Security Income/Aged, Blind and Disabled (SSI/ABD) programs. We are committed to working together to make consummate choices concerning members’ health and are fortunate to call these combined efforts our work.


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Head Start Exceeds $10K Goal


Through your generosity and support, you helped us reach above and beyond our $10,000 goal for Head Start throughout August and September!

Your gifts directly support our 5 Head Start Centers throughout the Greater New Orleans area, currently serving over 300 young students and their families. Thank you for making a real difference in the lives of many!

For over 40 years, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) has provided thousands of local children a foundation to launch bright futures through Head Start programs. CCANO’s Head Start and Early Head Start Centers provide education, social services and health screenings to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We offer a caring and nurturing environment for young people to grow while also providing support and resources for low-income families.

Why a “Head Start”? We believe that:

  •  All children should reach their full potential.
  • Every child can succeed.
  • We can impact the success of at-risk children.
  • Quality early education fundamentally transforms children and families.

We’re HALF-WAY there!

With just 25 days remaining, we are almost HALF-WAY to our goal of raising $10,000 for Head Start programs by September 30! Will you help us reach our extraordinary goal?

Many of you have already responded and we appreciate your support. Thank you! If you’ve not already made a gift, or are inclined to offer additional support,every dollar matters to this valuable program that touches the lives of over 300 children! Due to dramatic federal sequestration budget cuts this year, our Head Start programming needs your support now, more than ever, for continued sustainability of our five Head Start pre-schools.


Now, give with ease through PayPal using our Givezooks! Campaign page! For over 40 years, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans has provided thousands of local children with a strong foundation in life through Head Start, while also providing support for the whole family.

Ms. M, a single mother of five children, came to the Head Start program at Incarnate Word unemployed and homeless. Her two older children were already enrolled in the public school system and getting her three younger children into the Head Start program would be the start of moving her family towards self-sufficiency. One of the children was able to enroll early when an opening became available in the program before the term ended. The Family Service Worker at the Head Start center immediately began working closely with Ms. M, helping her access online resources,write a resume and hone her interviewing skills. With the availability of the Head Start program’s services and the Family Service Worker’s help, Ms. M was able to obtain both housing and employment.The Family Service Worker continued to provide the support Ms. M and her family needed to continue moving forward.

CLICK here to learn how you can help! Thank you for your support!

Share and Tell: Head Start needs your help!

Just a few clicks – it’s as simple as that to help hundreds of kids get a “Head Start” in life. With dramatic federal sequestration budget cuts this year, our Head Start programming providing care and education for hundreds of young children in our community needs your support now more than ever. With a few quick clicks, you can help us raise $10,000 by September 30, 2013 so that we can maintain our current Head Start programming.

Now, give with ease through our PayPal account using our Givezooks! Campaign page. You can also quickly share that you lent your support through your own Facebook and twitter with the click of a button!  Help us get that fundraising thermometer through the roof! Join us in giving our kids a Head Start and donate today!

CLICK here to learn more about Head Start’s great work, current challenges, and to GIVE AND SHARE our campaign!

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Cornerstone Builders Offers a New Beginning


GiveNOLA Day is May 6!


CCANO in Photos


ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center Spring Schedule



CRS Rice Bowl


CRS Rice Bowl


What you give up for Lent changes lives around the world and in your own community! Our Office of Justice and Peace is once again leading the charge for CRS Rice Bowl in our Archdiocese. Have you been filling your rice bowl for those in need around the globe this Lent? Still time for reflection, almsgiving and fasting as we observe Holy Week! Find resources and more at CRS Rice Bowl or call our Office of Justice and Peace at (504) 596-3097.


ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center Spring Schedule



Tuesdays – Divine Mercy, 4337 Sal Lentini Pkwy., Kenner

Wednesdays – Covington Food Bank, 840 N. Columbia St., Covington

Thursdays – Hope Haven, 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero

Call 504-427-1278 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Access pregnancy van brings resources to neighborhoods Read more about our mobile services via the Advocate.




Join us for our final fundraising night of the spring at the New Orleans Arena and cheer the Pelicans on to victory!

At least $5 from each ticket goes back to Catholic Charities when you use code CCN at purchase. Come have a good time for a good cause! Click here for details and to get your tickets!

April 14, 2014 Pelicans vs. Thunder 7:00PM




Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need. Impelled by the love and teaching of Jesus Christ, we offer life-giving programs, advocate for the voiceless, and empower the poor and vulnerable to foster a more just society.






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It’s National Volunteer Week!


Celebrate Service


We’re celebrating service with National Volunteer Week! Volunteers are truly the hands and heart of our mission to serve as Jesus served and to love as Jesus loved. Each year, thousands of individuals and groups commit their time and talents providing crucial assistance and support for our programs. Thank you to our many volunteers who are the action verbs in our mission!

Did you know? In 2012-2013, 11,298 volunteers gave 225,948 hours of service across our programs! The value of this volunteer work is over $2 million to Catholic Charities and priceless to the thousands of people these volunteers touched!

Keep up the good work or get involved! Explore current volunteer opportunities or ways to give.


Cornerstone Builders Offers a New Beginning

Cornerstone Builders

Easter and spring bring the promise of new life. One of our many programs offering this promise of renewal and hope is our Cornerstone Builders AmeriCorps program which assists formerly incarcerated men and women to find a new path in life. Cornerstone AmeriCorps members are employed full-time in various non-profits engaging in good works in the community. Members of the program serve as mentors, distribute food from food banks, work in community gardens and assist others in finding and maintaining employment.

Cornerstone Builders recently welcomed 16 men and women into the program at a “New Beginnings” Ceremony. Coming together as a group for the first time, these men and women joined with members of the community in support for one another as they begin their new journeys. They shared their personal stories of challenges and how they came to Cornerstone Builders. Although backgrounds and life experiences varied, all shared a sincere gratitude for the opportunity to forge a new path in life while building up the community through their work in Cornerstone Builders.

“I’m here in AmeriCorps with Catholic Charities to end life doing what’s right,” said Cornerstone Builder Leonard “Buddy” Bastida at the New Beginnings ceremony. Buddy spent 30 years in Angola Prison and now works with Hispanic Apostolate through the Cornerstone Program. “Anywhere I can help somebody do something that’s right and positive, I want to be there. I wasted many, many years by doing negative things, but I realized that I am part of the Body of Christ – part of doing what’s right by serving and giving.”

Cornerstone Builders was the first AmeriCorps program of its kind in the nation and has served over 200 individuals. In this season of new life, please pray for our men and women in Cornerstone as they begin a new, positive chapter in their lives. To learn more about this program, click here.



Save the Date for GiveNOLA!



One day to give as one with the first ever Give NOLA day! Hosted on Tuesday, May 6th by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Give NOLA Day is the community’s first one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger and thriving community for all. It’s our day to come together as one! Every dollar donated through the Catholic Charities’ GiveNOLA page from midnight to midnight on May 6th will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and our generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors! More info coming soon. Click here for more details!


CCANO In Photos

Mayors Day

Mayor’s Day For National Service April 1 marked the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service. Mayors across the nation took time to honor AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps members working in their communities. AmeriCorps members from Cornerstone Builders and SeniorCorps Foster Grandparents were recognized for their valuable contributions to our community by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Read more here. We join in saluting them for their service! Pictured: Foster Grandparent SeniorCorp members Barbara August and Sylvia Estavan with Mayor Landrieu.


Padua House gets spruced up for spring! Padua House residents are enjoying colorful new linens in their rooms thanks to the generosity of members of the St. Elizabeth’s Guild and the Rosary Ladies. The Rosary Ladies, a group of local women who have been meeting for over 20 years to gather in prayer, were introduced to Padua’s care for the disabled by members of the group involved in St. Elizabeth’s Guild. On a recent Guild visit, Padua staff mentioned there was a need for new linens, and without hesitation, this group offered to provide! Thanks for helping bring a bit of spring’s colors into our residents’ rooms!


Celebrating the 2013 AHCA The 2013 Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal (AHCA) exceeded its $1.965 million goal through the efforts of our many volunteers who dedicate themselves to being advocates and ambassadors for our mission of service. On March 26, we gathered to celebrate our many long-time AHCA volunteers who continue to make our work possible. Check out photos from the reception here! Pictured: Sr. Marjorie Hebert (President and CEO of Catholic Charities), Evangeline Vavrick (45 yr. Honoree), Thomas Benge and Dorothy Benge (AHCA Donors)

Read Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal raises nearly $2 Million for Catholic Charities of New Orleans area from the Times Picayune.


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Only 10% to go for the AHCA!

We are in the final stretch of the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal! This week, a total of $1,782,093 undesignated dollars has been raised to support the areas of most need in our agency. This is 90% of our goal of $1.965 million! With $182,907 left to raise, we continue to cheer on our outstanding AHCA volunteers under the campaign direction of this year’s chair, JT Hannan. We welcome your involvement if you’d like to help us close out the campaign! Please contact our Director of Development Helen Young at or donate online (Be sure to select Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal in the designation drop down menu!).

To learn more about the AHCA, click here or check out our AHCA video!




Join Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena and cheer the Pelicans on to victory at Catholic Charities Fundraising Nights!

At least $5 from each ticket goes back to Catholic Charities when you use code CCN at purchase. Come have a good time for a good cause! Click here for details and to get your tickets!

February 24, 2014 Pelicans vs. Clippers 7:00 PM

March 16, 2014 Pelicans vs. Celtics 5:00 PM

April 14, 2014 Pelicans vs. Thunder 7:00PM




Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need. Impelled by the love and teaching of Jesus Christ, we offer life-giving programs, advocate for the voiceless, and empower the poor and vulnerable to foster a more just society.




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Many Hands, One Heart

On February 8 and 9, the second collection at all Masses in the Archdiocese of New Orleans benefitted our many programs and ministries. THANK YOU to everyone who gave so generously in your parish’s second collection! We are grateful for the support of Archbishop Aymond and all the pastors and parish staff in our archdiocese for supporting this important collection and relaying information about Catholic Charities to your parishioners. YOU are the reason we are able to serve those in need. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


Ministry is a Labor of Love for Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparents Juanita Martin and Claudia Davenport

One of the unique qualities our staff proudly possess is a heartfelt commitment to our mission of service. Our staff sees their work as a labor of love, and one special group of our staff are our Foster Grandparents. These dedicated seniors are members of our staff at 23 different schools and sites throughout our archdiocese. They work one on one with students in the classroom setting, providing extra attention and support for struggling students. Foster Grandparent of 2 years, Claudia Davenport says the experience is one that gives back. “It’s inspiring because to me, when a parent wants to meet you and they have observed improvement in their child, that’s rewarding for me.”

The fruits of serving as a Foster Grandparent are those that have taken root and spread by the legacy of good works they continue to bring to schools. Many of our current Foster Grandparents heard about the program through working with Foster Grandparents as teachers themselves. Retired teacher and now Foster Grandparent Ledwenia Baudy works side by side with Bobbie Bridges, who was the Foster Grandparent in her classroom when she was a teacher. “Ms. Bobbie was my Foster Grandparent in my classroom when I was teaching, “ said Ms. Baudy. “I knew the things that she would do and help me with and I said, I could do that! Being a Foster Grandparent is really fulfilling because I’m working with children in the same setting that I did for 40 years, so I really enjoy what I’m doing.”

Foster Grandparents Bobbie Bridgers, Ledwenia Baudy and Reatha McGhee

Throughout the year, our 81 Foster Grandparents not only provide assistance in classrooms, but also meet monthly for special speakers and activities. We are grateful for their commitment to our young people, their patience and the wisdom they bring to our ministry! To learn more about this program click here.



Hispanic Apostolate Offers Information and Assistance

Did you know? Last year, Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services assisted over 1000 clients and 177 people found employment with the help of the Hispanic Apostolate.

Catholic Charities’ Hispanic Apostolate Community Services has been serving the Hispanic community in New Orleans since 1972. A leader in providing direct client services, community outreach and advocacy to the Hispanic community in the New Orleans area, their services include assistance for immigrants and refugees, counseling, translation services, employment assistance, public safety, ESL classes and much more.

Currently, the Hispanic Apostolate is offering many opportunities for information and services including tax prep help, immigration application assistance and SNAP application assistance. For more information, click here or call (504) 457-3462. Also, tune in to WFNO La Raza 830am/La Mega 107.5fm Saturdays at 10:30am for our weekly radio segment as staff of the Hispanic Apostolate and the Hispanic Pastoral Center discuss current events and issues in our Latino community.

Support Life at the ACCESS Jazz Brunch



The ACCESS Jazz Brunch is Sunday, April 27 from noon til 2PM at the Audubon Tea Room. Tickets are on sale now! Please join us for an afternoon to support life in our community.

ACCESS Pregnancy & Referral Centers provide pro-life pregnancy support services to women throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Annually, ACCESS serves over 1,000 abortion-vulnerable women through free and confidential services including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, material support and case management services.

Did you know?

  • ACCESS distributes over 25,000 diapers to moms in need annually!
  • ACCESS provided 301 ultrasounds for expectant moms last year!


CCANO in the News

Catholic Charities of New Orleans has a new Chairman
We welcome new leadership to our Board of Directors this year. Read more about our new Chairman, Tommie Vassel from here.

In the Spotlight on Issues and Faith
Sr. Marjorie and our new board Chairman Tommie Vassel were recently guests on Issues and Faith talking about our agency and the annual second collection weekend on February 8 and 9. You can rewatch the episode here.

Catholic Schools Show Their Hearts! This February 14th, Catholic Schools throughout our archdiocese held “Show Your Heart Day” for Catholic Charities. For a donation of $1, students got to wear their favorite red shirt to school to show their support for our ministries. Thank you to all the schools who enthusiastically participated this year! Check out more photos here.

St. Dominic School’s Show Your Heart Day!

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Padua Gets Boost from Online Giving


Donor Spotlight: AARP Belle Chasse


Summer is for Service


CCANO in Photos


Class in Session

Summer ESL Registration in June. Read more…


New sites for Food For Seniors

We are pleased to have two  new Food for Seniors sites starting monthly food box distributions this June for low-income seniors -  Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Violet, LA and the Westbank YMCA in Algiers. Food For Seniors/Food For Families currently holds food box distributions throughout all 64 Louisiana parishes at sites like senior living facilities, senior day care centers, community centers and churches. Enrollment in Food For Seniors is always open. Interested seniors can call toll free 1-800-522-3333 to see if they qualify, to register or to find the Food For Seniors distribution site nearest them.


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Partners in Mission

To better serve those in need, Catholic Charities strives to work hand-in-hand with our local church parishes. Leadership and staff have begun a series of meetings and workshops with the regions of our archdiocese in order to connect those in ministry in our parishes with the resources and services of Catholic Charities and our network of community partners. We’re grateful for the wonderful response and participation of our parish ministers and are looking forward to creating new ways to provide help and hope to those in need. We’ll keep you posted on updates! If your parish is interested in joining in these meetings, contact Tom Costanza at (504) 596-3097 or email


Padua Gets a Boost from Online Giving


Wow! We have been blown away by the extraordinary support we’ve been receiving for Padua Community Services! Initially, we hoped to raise $15,000 from April 13-June 13, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua. With the combined efforts of many online donors through our Givezooks page and the first ever GiveNOLA Day hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we have almost DOUBLED our goal! Padua Community Services provides homes and specialized care for the physically and developmentally disabled, many of whom look to Padua staff as their closest family. Our Padua caregivers and staff are constantly giving their time, their love and their attention to these special children and adults. The support felt through this campaign really means a lot to those caring for Padua residents and clients.

“It seems like a little thing to see a ‘like’ on a Facebook photo of Padua or a few dollars donated to our services, but truly, every little thing makes a big difference for us,” said Niki Trager, Director of Padua Community Services. “Our staff really work hard to make this place a home for our clients, so encouraging to see this outpouring of support for what we’re doing every day.”

Still a little time to make a difference for Padua! Click here.



A Tradition of Care: Donor Spotlight – AARP Belle Chasse

For many years, the Belle Chasse Chapter of the AARP has been a quiet but constant source of support for Padua Community Services’ Padua House. Their recurring monthly donation of around $25 has been a standing donation on their books for longer than most current members can remember.“I’ve been in this group for over ten years and I know we’ve been supporting Padua longer than ten years!” said Diane Landry, treasurer of the Belle Chasse AARP for the past six years. “I would say at least 20 years or more, we’ve been doing this.”

With around 120 members, many in the group make it a point to stop by for a visit to Padua House’s Christmas party each year. Although the Belle Chasse Chapter of the AARP supports many of the groups doing good works in their community, Padua holds a special place in their hearts. Landry said, “Our members are very giving and we’re always ready to help. We know the residents are getting excellent care there.”

Padua House provides 24-care and a home for disabled children and adults. Support in any amount makes a difference in the lives of these residents by providing for their daily needs from diapers and medical equipment to clothing and comforts of home. Thank you to the members of the Belle Chasse Chapter of the AARP for their commitment to these clients! For more about programs like Padua House and Padua Community Services, click here.


Summer is for Service

Summer time means service time at Catholic Charities! One hundred high school students are volunteering with our SERVE (Students Engaging in Reflective Volunteer Experiences) throughout this month and July. Photos and more of the fun and service will be shared on Catholic Charities’ Facebook, Twitter and new Instagram account. Be sure to follow us and catch all the good works!

SERVE Volunteers! Use #SERVEnola and share your pics with us this summer!

 Explore current volunteer opportunities or ways to give.


CCANO in Photos

Housewarming for Foster Care Programs. Our foster care programs held an open house at their new Claire Avenue site in Gretna on May 21, 2014. Thanks to friends and supporters of Independent Living Skills Program and Therapeutic Family Services for helping us settle into our new home! Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Making peacemakers of our time. Isaiah 43 holds a mentor/mentee workshop at St. David Church in the 9th Ward on June 9, 2014.


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Catholic Charities Night with the New Orleans Zephyrs May 7th

Support Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans at the Zephyrs game on May 7, 2013 at 7 PM and enjoy $3 tickets to the game and $1 hot dogs all night long! Download the ticket voucher below and print it or show it on your smart phone at the Zephyrs Ticket Office to receive $3 tickets to see the New Orleans Zephyrs play the Salt Lake Bees on May 7th! Must present one coupon when purchasing tickets! CHECKS AND CASH ONLY. Make checks PAYABLE TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS. Please call ahead for orders of 50 or more (504) 734-5155. All proceeds from voucher sales benefit Catholic Charities Archdiocese Education Services and Hispanic Apostolate Programs. See you at the ball game!

SPONSOR our Head Start Students at the game! If you would like to purchase a group of tickets for our Head Start students to attend the May 7th Game, please contact Steve Lenahan, Associate Director of Education Services, at (504) 861-6359.


CLICK IMAGE to download your discounted ticket voucher!