St. Jude Community Center

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WELCOME TO ST. JUDE COMMUNITY CENTER. WE ARE THE COLLABORATIVE MINISTRY OF THE OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE, MARIANITE SISTERS OF HOLY CROSS, URSULINE SISTERS, AND DEDICATED LAY PERSONS

History

St. Jude Community Center was originally built as a car dealership. It was given to the Archdiocese of New Orleans for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the mid 1970s to be renovated into a community center for the Parish. Until Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Center was used for religious education, senior citizen gatherings, a heart clinic, and day care for children. After Karina and Rita, the Center became temporary housing for homeless working women, a food bank, breakfast and lunch meals for the hungry, direct aid services through St. Vincent de Paul, Adult Basic Education, housing for volunteers working to continue building New Orleans, civic and church parish socials and meetings, assist interested parties in identifying, and securing employment, and religious education on Sundays.

Services

Service #1 Name: Housing for Working Homeless Women

Service description/features: House and feed unaccompanied working women
Allows women to save their money to get a fresh start with their own housing
The cost to the client is free

Service #2 Name: Soup Kitchen

  • Breakfast and lunch served Monday – Friday; Lunch served on Saturdays
  • Allows homeless and low income people two hot meals during the week and a hot meal on weekends.
  • There is no charge for this service
  • Our clients expect to be fed on these given days and the quality of food to be excellent.
  • Serve hot meals to those who may not have anywhere else to eat.

Service # 3 Name: Adult Basic Education Program

  • Provides basic educational services to those seeking a GED
  • Private tutoring and practice testing
  • There is no charge for this service
  • Time: Monday – Thursday. Our clients expect to be able to pass a GED test

Service #4 Name: Volunteer Housing and Meals

  • House and feed those coming to New Orleans to help in the rebuilding process.
  • Benefits: Location, hot meals, comfortable beds
  • Service price: $12.50 – $20.00/person/day
  • 3 meals/day; respect, clean facility

Service #5 Name: Food Bank

  • Provide frozen and non-perishable food boxes to those who qualify according to Second Harvest Food Bank Guidelines
  • Helps to defray food costs
  • There is no charge for this service
  • Our clients expect consistency in service hours and both perishable and non-perishable food.

Volunteer

We welcome anyone who wants to volunteer at the Center. We often host volunteer groups from local schools or churches,  There is not a time requirement or length of stay requirement. We just love having you!!  To volunteer please call Sr. Beth at 504-931-6993.

Staff

Chef: Derrick Sayles
Director of Food Bank, AARP Workers, Community Service Workers: Glenn Turner
Maintenance: Oscar Jackson
House Manager (live-in): Leonard Jackson
Security: Tyronne Drayton
Director: Sr. Beth Mouch, M.S.C.

Mission Statement

To provide food for the homeless and food-insecure, to house and feed working homeless women,  to provide education and counseling to those in need of these services, to foster a deep sense of  self-worth and dignity to all our clients, and to house volunteers helping to rebuild New Orleans.

Contact Us

If you would like to reach a member of the Staff at St. Jude Community Center please contact Sr. Beth
at 504-931-6993 or write to:
St. Jude Community Center
400 N Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA 70112