ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center is on the move!

Check out the new schedule of stops for the ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center, July -October 2014!

The ACCESS Mobile Unit will be parked at these locations from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays – Food Pantry of New Orleans, 13150 I-10 Service Rd. (Near the Bullard exit), New Orleans East

Wednesdays– Nativity of Our Lord, 3325 Loyola Drive, Kenner

Thursdays – Hope Haven, 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero

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

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.

Job Fairs in July

Catholic Charities Spirit of Hope Program is hosting several job fairs in July! A variety of companies will be looking for individuals with skills within the following industries: oil and gas, maritime, gaming, construction, medical and health, and hospitality.


Wednesday, July 16
10am – 2pm
Our Lady of Lourdes – Annex Building
2621 Colonial Blvd, Violet, LA 70092

Wednesday, July 23
10am – 2pm
St. Patrick’s Parish Hall
28698 Highway 23, Port Sulphur, LA 70083

Wednesday, July 30
10am – 2pm
St. Anthony Parish Hall
2653 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Lafitte, LA 70067

Questions or if you are an employer and would like to join us for these job fairs, contact Shaula Lovera at Phone: (504) 310-6998 or E-mail:


Spirit of Hope/Workforce Development
Spirit of Hope began as a collaborative program among Catholic Charities and 15 other non-profit agencies in areas affected by the 2010 BP oil spill. Spirit of Hope’s work continues through workforce development, community outreach and engagement, education, counseling services and psychiatric services. Click here for an overview of the impact of this program.

Thank you from Padua Community Services!

THANK YOU! We can’t say it enough! From our family of staff, children and adults in care at Padua Community Services, THANK YOU for helping us raise $26,119 to help provide care and loving homes to some of our most fragile brothers and sisters! Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of those we serve!

Food for Families/Seniors new site at Westbank YMCA

Announcing another new site for seniors to access our free monthly food box distributions! 

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans and Algiers Development District are teaming up through the Food for Families program to serve approximately 500 seniors on the Westbank on a monthly basis. Beginning on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 and every 2nd Wednesday thereafter, Food for Families/Food for Seniors will provide commodity boxes to supplement monthly meals for seniors in the community.


In 2013, Food for Families/Food for Seniors served over 67,000 low-income seniors and expecting and new mothers with infants across all 64 Louisiana civil parishes. From 8am to 12pm on June 11th, the Westbank YMCA at Federal City will be the new monthly pick up site for seniors living in the Westbank community where they will receive 20 meals for the month.


“Catholic Charities’ Food for Families program and the YMCA are natural partners for the Algiers Development District. We are all committed to improving the lives of our community, especially our seniors” said Kathy Lynn Honaker, Executive Director, Algiers Development District.


“We are grateful for the partnership of the Algiers Development District in enabling us to better serve the seniors of the Westbank through this community site. Enrollment in the Food for Families/Food For Seniors Program is always open and we hope the Westbank YMCA site will allow us to reach more seniors who might be in need of this service,” said Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C., President and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. “We look forward to working together to ensure the aging Westbank community is receiving the nutrition and support they need through our Food for Families/Food For Seniors program.”

New Food For Seniors Site in Violet, LA

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is pleased to announce a new Food for Seniors food distribution site at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd, Violet, LA. Starting on June 27, 2014, Food For Seniors will be distributing free supplemental food boxes for qualifying low-income senior citizens every 4th Friday of each month. 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.

Food For Seniors/Food For Families currently holds food box distributions throughout 64 Louisiana parishes, with more than 40 sites in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Some of these include senior living facilities, senior day care centers and churches. Food for Seniors is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). It is an equal opportunity program of the US Department of Agriculture and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in collaboration with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Summer ESL Classes: Registration June 11 and 19

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be registering students for summer courses this June. New this summer is an Intensive 7-week ESL course. Registration for the ESL intensive is on June 11 at Newcomb Hall at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Regular ESL classes for all levels will also be held throughout the summer with registration June 19 at  Mary Queen of Vietnam, St. Thomas Thien School in  New Orleans East. New students are asked to bring a  $25 one-time fee to cover the cost of books. Classes are open to adult learners of all skill levels from all countries around the world!

NEW Intense Summer ESL Program

   Registration: June 11, 6:00 pm

Newcomb Hall at Tulane University, 1229 Broadway Street, Room 418, New Orleans, LA 70118


Classes will be held June 16 – July 30, 2014

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Newcomb Hall at Tulane University

Classes are open to adult learners from around the world! New students should bring a $25 money order to purchase their book.

Questions? Call 504-722-5692, Email


NUEVO Curso intensivo deInglés como segundo idioma

   Matricula: 11 de junio, 6:00 pm

 1229 Broadway Street, Sala 418, New Orleans, LA 70118

En la Universidad de Tulane, edificio: Newcomb Hall


Clases: 16 de junio al 31 de julio

Lunes, martes, miércoles y jueves

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Estudiantes nuevos: Favor de llevar un giro (money order) de $25 para su libro

¿Preguntas? Llámanos al 504-722-5692, Email:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Lớp học Anh văn ngôn ngữ thứ hai (ESL)

Clases de Inglés Como Segundo Idioma


Thursday, June 19,

5:30 p.m.

Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:30-8:30 p.m.


Đăng Ký

Ngày 19 tháng 6

Giờ: 5:30 chiều

Lịch Học: Thứ ba and Thứ năm

6:30 – 8:30 chiều



Jueves, 19 de junio

5:30 p.m.

Clases: Martes y jueves

 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Mary Queen of Vietnam

St. Thomas Thien School

5069 Willowbrook Drive

New Orleans, LA 70129


  • New students should bring a $25.00 donation, paid by Money Order. This covers one semester of classes, plus books and tests.
  • Khi ghi danh, chúng tôi xin quyên góp $ 25.00 cho các lớp học ESL; Chúng tôi chỉ có nhận  chi phiếu Money Orders.
  • Estudiantes nuevos: Lleven un giro (money order) de $25 para un semestre de clases. Eso incluye todas las clases, el libro, y los exámenes.

Call 504-214-8291 if you have any questions.

Để biết thêm chi tiết, xin gọi số 504-214-8291

Llámanos al 504-214-8291 si ud. tiene preguntas.


Foster Care Programs Open House May 21

*Pictured: Our Claire Avenue site received some sprucing by volunteers from the St. Elizabeth’s Guild before our initial move-in! Come check out our beautiful landscaping and fresh paint!

Open House at Claire Avenue With Independent Living Skills Program And Therapeutic Family Services

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1430 Claire Avenue,  Gretna, LA  70053

Please join us for an open house at the new home of Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) and Therapeutic Family Services (TFS)

 in Gretna! Take a tour of our new site, meet our staff and learn more about these programs serving children in foster care! Refreshments will be served.

 Therapeutic Family Services (TFS) provides homes for behaviorally disordered, developmentally delayed, or medically dependent children in need of foster care.

 Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) assists teens and young adults (14-21) to prepare for changes they will experience when they leave the State’s custody. The aftercare program serves young adults (18-25) who continue to face the challenges of independent living. ILSP provides life skills classes and assessments, and through the Hope Chest Donation Center, assists clients to set up and maintain their first apartment or home.

  For more information call (504) 310-6939 Or email

Be on Alert for Scams and False Solicitors Over Jazz Fest Weekend

While thousands of visitors and locals celebrate and enjoy our city this festival weekend, the public should be wary of scams and false solicitors seeking cash donations on the spot around the Fairgrounds and throughout our city. Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans and its programs and ministries NEVER directly solicit cash donations, especially at large scale public events or door to door. The public and fest goers are advised to contact local authorities or security if they encounter someone soliciting in the name of Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities wishes all festival goers a safe and fun final weekend of Jazz Fest!

Greenwalt Adult Day Care Center Open House May 8

Learn more about our services and care for seniors with Catholic Charities PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) at an open house on May 8! This adult day care facility will also have bilingual staff for Hispanic participants! Join us for a tour, ask questions and learn more about PACE services. Se habla español!