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New Orleans has the highest number of homeless in the nation in proportion to the population. The numbers of homeless persons continues to grow in New Orleans. Increasingly we are seeing people who have recently lost their jobs as well as the Working Homeless. We are seeing more and more Homeless Women and Children.
First Presbyterian has created this holistic ministry to respond to the variety of needs of people who are without permanent housing. We create a welcoming and nurturing environment assisting with housing vouchers, clothing, counseling, spiritual needs, healing, food, helping to find employment, shelter, moving into housing, and much, much more. This outreach is unique because it is completely run by volunteers, some of whom have been homeless.
The sanctuary doors open every Wednesday at 9AM and all are welcomed. The homeless are given doughnuts, cookies, coffee, water, etc (which are donated). We begin with an opening prayer, Bible reading, a devotional and an anointing with oil to anyone who wishes. We give out donated clothing items and vouchers for housing at the Salvation Army which cost $8 per person for a one night stay, bus tokens are given to get to job interviews and medical appointments, money for gas (if clients has transportation)to get to job interviews, in search for housing, emergency meds, and more. We provide a bagged lunch to the homeless on Wednesdays which currently is being donated by five different churches: (Orleans) Lakeview Presbyterian and St. Charles Presbyterian; (Harvey) Faith Presbyterian Church; and (Metairie) John Calvin and Parkway Presbyterian.
We often see between 80-100 persons per week on Wednesdays and many come throughout the week, the numbers continue to grow as we continue to try to serve all.
FAMILIES WHO HAVE FOUND A PLACE TO CALL HOME
We continue to help those families with the basic needs as a new tenant. We help with furniture, utensils, towels, dishes and whatever we can supply to them.
On Monday afternoons we sort the clothes. We need volunteers for sorting the clothes on Mondays and volunteers for Wednesday mornings for take down between 11AM- Noon.
Please keep us in your hearts and in your prayers and pray fully consider how God may be calling you to help us in this greatly needed ministry. What, we cannot provide in material items we provide in LOVE.