Disability Services

Padua Community Services

Padua Community Services offer comprehensive and specialized care for children and adults with intellectual disabilities through Padua House Residential Program and Padua Community Homes. Padua programs provide housing and care ensuring that all residents have quality individualized care bases on their specific needs. Referrals and new participants are welcome across Padua’s services. Please contact us if you’d like to provide compassionate care for a disabled loved one.

Watch the video below to learn more about Padua’s heartwarming holiday tradition!

Our Story

In 1977, the State of Louisiana announced that it would be sending some of its most vulnerable residents to be cared for out of the state, in some cases sending children away from their homes and families. Archbishop Philip Hannan, then Archbishop of New Orleans, in his wisdom and charity knew the local Catholic Church could not let that happen. He founded Padua House to provide not only vital care to the children but a place for them to call home.

Today, Padua House is only one part of a broad scope of services provided for consumers with intellectually and developmentally disabled in and around the New Orleans area serving ages from birth to 99.  Padua Community Services is supporting the dignity of life and acting out the legacy of St. Anthony of Padua’s care for the poor and vulnerable and their families.


Padua Community Homes

Padua Community Homes provide housing and services for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults who are ages 18 and up in the Greater New Orleans area. Each resident has a custom program plan according to individualized planning service delivery. It is a licensed Community Home and offers the following services:

  • Specialized medical care
  • Pharmaceutical services
  • Dietary consultation
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Psychological services

Community Homes are located in Gretna and Metairie

Contact Padua Community Homes: (504) 392-0502


Padua House Residential Program

Padua House, formerly known as Padua Pediatrics, is a residential program for those of all ages with intellectual disabilities who are medically fragile. Located at 200 Beta Street in Belle Chasse, it is a licensed Intermediate Care Facility and offers the following services:

  • 24-hour nursing care from staff nurses and a 24-hour on-call doctor
  • Weekly doctor visits
  • Pharmaceutical services
  • Dietary consultation
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Psychological services

Through a partnership with Children’s Hospital and other specialty clinics and hospitals, Padua House ensures that all residents have quality, individualized care based on their specific needs.

For referrals and information: (504) 392-0502



Support for Families and Caregivers

Padua Community Services Chaplain, Fr. Kyle Dave, is available for spiritual support and counsel for Catholic and non-Catholic families and caregivers of Padua Community Services participants.

Rev. Kyle Dave
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
8968 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, La 70037
(504) 394-0314
[email protected]

For other supportive services, please explore our Program Directory.

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