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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A Back to School Story

Head Start

As we head back to school with Head Start this August, one parent at St. Mary of the Angels Head Start is thankful not only for her child’s opportunity to learn and grow, but also grateful for her own opportunity to return to school because of the support provided by Head Start. Lichelle Gibson came to St. Mary of the Angel’s Head Start in 2012. She had just lost her job and needed help to care for her kids so she could return to work and school. Thankfully, she was able to enroll two of her children at St. Mary of the Angels Head Start and Early Head Start. With the relief knowing her kids would be well cared for and the support of the Head Start staff, Lichelle set realistic goals for herself and her family and ultimately was able to enroll in college.

Lichelle’s daughter, a graduate of St. Mary of the Angels Head Start, will begin first grade this year. Lichelle said she will always be grateful for the wonderful foundation her daughter received at Head Start. Lichelle is committed to providing a life full of hope and possibilities for her family. Head Start helps provide that hope and help to a good start for both parent and child.


A Habit You Can Take to Heart


For Brett Brumfield, giving is a habit he takes to heart. What began as a yearly contribution to the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal, has evolved into a monthly gift to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities in our archdiocese. Since 2012, Brett has been a monthly recurring donor to Catholic Charities.

BrettBrumfield“I wanted to do something a little more often than the annual appeal,” Brett said. “I started thinking I should support on a regular basis because Catholic Charities really is the face of the archdiocese out there doing good works in our community.”

Although there are many organizations out there doing good works, Brett, a parishioner at St. Luke’s the Evangelist in Slidell, says the mission of bringing Jesus’ loving care to those in need in his community is one of the main reasons he consistently supports this organization. “I think it’s important to have that faith dimension to charitable works and that has shaped my giving. It’s also important to do something that makes a difference in your local area too.”

Becoming a recurring donor like Brett is an easy and effective way to consistently make a difference in your community. Monthly donations enable Catholic Charities to dedicate more resources to the mission and programs. It reduces mailing expenses, enhances the environmental stewardship of Catholic Charities and is a convenient way to send continuous support.

“I feel like God has been very good to me,” Brett said. “He’s blessed me and I really feel like I’m just giving back to God what he’s given me.”

Many thanks to Brett and the many donors who remember our brothers and sisters in need each month! Click here to learn more about becoming a recurring donor. Your gift will go where it is needed most, in the most cost-effective way possible.



Help Keep ‘Em Covered!

Donate to the ACCESS Diaper DriveThe babies and moms we serve through ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Centers are in desperate need of diapers and wipes! As a National Diaper Bank affiliate, ACCESS receives diaper requests from families throughout the region. We rely on donations to keep their diaper supply stocked.

You can help keep ‘em covered by giving in the online diaper drive this August!

SEND DIAPERS NOW through the ACCESS baby registry to help keep our Diaper Bank stocked! We currently need 80 packs of diapers in various sizes (especially larger sizes 4-6!), 60 packs of wipes, and various other baby items to give to our ACCESS families! The need is constant and we need your help!


Dine out for Catholic Charities on August 27th


To commemorate 20 years, Remoulade is honoring 20 organizations that make New Orleans a better place to live, work, and eat, including Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans! Dine out at Remoulade on August 27th and 20% of the day’s net profits will go back to Catholic Charities! A delicious way to send some support our way!

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Respect Life MonthA Voice for the Voiceless October is Respect Life Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, we strive to be a voice of hope, help and compassion for life at all its stages and for those in crisis. Our pro-life and domestic violence programs are working daily to be that voice for life and hope for all of God’s children.

“At ACCESS Pregnancy Centers & St. Vincent Maternity Clinic, our focus is providing comprehensive pregnancy support services for the woman,” says Michelle Black, Director of pro-life ministries. “You cannot possibly help her unborn baby without helping her first and that’s why we are here. We know that through this assistance, we are being a voice for the most vulnerable among us, by serving both the mother and the child.” Learn more about ACCESS

Allyson Tuttle of Project SAVE agrees: “It’s a big step for people to find the courage to seek help in times of crisis,” Allyson says. “Project SAVE is here to advocate for survivors of domestic violence and their children and empowers them to find their voice by providing them with a sense of safety and support through legal representation.” Learn more about how Project SAVE is creating stories of hope for survivors of domestic violence.

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Activists & Angels: St. Elizabeth’s Guild


SAVE THE DATE for Hope Haven Blessing


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The 2014 Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal is underway! We ask that you join us in prayerful support for our annual campaign providing crucial funds to support the work and ministries of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. As of October 1st, we are 34% to our $1.6 Million goal!




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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Breaking News: Catholic Charities to Provide Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children “Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans has a long history of providing immigrants and refugees with guidance and assistance. [We will be able to] assist vulnerable children and families in properly navigating the current legal processes,” said Sr. Marjorie Hebert, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Read more…


Activists & Angels: St. Elizabeth Guild Dedicated to Catholic Charities Youth

St. Elizabeth’s Guild continues its longtime commitment to the children’s programs of Catholic Charities through its annual Volunteer Activist Luncheon. Founded in the 1950s to support the St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage, St. Elizabeth’s Guild has had a special commitment to children in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Catholic Charities is honored and blessed that this commitment continues today.

“Since its inception, St. Elizabeth’s Guild has been a life-line to the less fortunate children and young adults of our city. It has been a privilege for the members of the Guild to provide support for many of these children, keeping them off the streets and giving them the confidence and security to make it on their own,” said the Executive Board of the St. Elizabeth’s Guild. “Our support has remained steadfast as we have evolved over the years meeting the needs of many of God’s children – from orphaned to abused, neglected and troubled, to physically and developmentally disabled.”

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St. Elizabeth’s Guild Members on a recent visit to Padua House.

This year’s Volunteer Activist Luncheon will take place Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Marriot New Orleans Hotel. Proceeds raised from this luncheon will once again generously support Catholic Charities’ Independent Living Skills Program, helping teens and young adults transition out of foster care; Padua House, providing a home and care for developmentally disabled children; and St. John the Baptist Head Start, providing care and education for pre-K children in our community. Tickets are still available! For tickets and info, call (504) 236-8720.

Thanks to St. Elizabeth’s Guild for continuing to be angels to the children and youth served by Catholic Charities!


Hope Haven

Hope Haven Adult Day Healthcare Center held an open house celebration for the community on September 18, 2014. Members of the community stopped by to view the transformation of the former St. John Bosco Chapel in Marrero into the newest Adult Day Healthcare Center under the Catholic Charities/PACE Umbrella.

SAVE THE DATE! All are welcome to join Archbishop Gregory Aymond for a special blessing of the new Hope Haven Adult Day Health Care Center on Tuesday, October 21 from 12:30-2pm, 1131 Barataria Blvd in Marrero.


CCANO in Photos

Head Start


St. Mary of the Angels Head Start’s Back to School Bash kicks off the school year in a fun and educational way! Each class represents a learning center by hosting a booth and parents volunteer by assisting the children with the various activities. Our community partner Amerigroup Louisiana attended the event to provide health information to families and staff on site! Pictured above, St. Mary of the Angels students having fun with science and Adriene J. Gill, Quality Manager Health Promotions for Amerigroup Louisiana.

College Inn

ACCESS Supporters Dine out For Life at Ye Olde College Inn on September 24, 2014. Thanks to the staff at Ye Olde College Inn and the many friends and supporters who joined us! Pictured, King & Karen McGoey and the wonderful staff at Ye Olde College Inn.


Cornerstone Builders and the Office of Justice and Peace hosted a Symposium on Systemic Change in our Criminal Justice System on October 3, 2014 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Luling. Community leaders came together for a discussion on how we can work to be a voice for justice. Pictured: Tom Costanza, Division Director for CCANO; Kenneth Polite, U.S. District Attorney; Anthony Lordi, Cornerstone Builder.

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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!