Published June 19, 2013
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans announces the spin-off of Café Hope as an independent agency. Café Hope, 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA, was launched by Catholic Charities in 2010 as a full-service restaurant that serves at-risk youth through a 12 week education and job training program and by employing them as wait and kitchen staff in the restaurant. Catholic Charities and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development played a similar role with the highly successful Café Reconcile, working with Fr. Harry Thompson to secure funding and implement the program in the early days.
Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, says, “We are pleased to see Café Hope achieve its original goal of operating as an independent entity. The restaurant is blessed with a dynamic and active board and corps of supporters. We, at Catholic Charities, wish them every success going forward. “
Café Hope Executive Director Luis Arocha says, “We are grateful for the help and guidance that Catholic Charities provided to incubate Café Hope. With their support, this important ministry was created to serve the needs of young people on the West Bank and give them a shot at a good career and a good life. We will continue to build on our early success and provide hope to many young people struggling to find their way.”
Located in the historic Hope Haven campus, Café Hope specializes in home-cooked meals and catering featuring locally sourced products at reasonable prices.
Chairman of Café Hope’s Board Tim Falcon says, “Since its inception, Café Hope has enrolled 175 students, with 101 students completing the program. Café Hope has actually placed 104 students in jobs, due to their willingness to help students with job placement who have not been able to complete the program.”