The Exodus Place Community Center — which coordinates job training and placement, educational and housing opportunities in an effort to treat the causes of violent crime — will celebrate the grand opening of its building at Fourth and Dryades on Wednesday (Dec. 4).
Darkness to Light, a national child-abuse prevention organization, will present its training film “Stewards of Children” in a special screening at Children’s Hospital tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 3) at Children’s Hospital, hosted by the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center.
The Fifth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival in Lawrence Square park on Saturday will feature a music lineup headlined by Rockin’ Dopsie, plus food, an artist’s village and kids’ activities — all in an effort to raise money to support the officers of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District.
Local members of the Federal Bar Association and the Pro Bono Project will offer free legal advice to veterans this afternoon (Monday, Nov. 11) at the VFW post on Lyons Street in Uptown New Orleans.
The New Orleans Mission is hoping to raise $250,000 to increase the number of beds for homeless women from 16 to 38, officials announced Tuesday.
Alumni of the AmeriCorps program in New Orleans completed repairs to a Freret homeowner’s ceiling this weekend, and dedicated to the project to the memory of Joseph Massenburg, the 18-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer shot to death in April, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
The grief that follows the loss of a child to violence is one of the most unbearable burdens life can impose on a mother. It is one of life’s mysteries, then, that by gathering a dozen such heavy souls in one room, the burden on all of them becomes lighter.
“It hurts deeply to lose a kid, and you just don’t know why,” said Ann Dimes, a member of the “Helping Mothers Heal” group at the Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue. “So you reach out to another mother, another sister … because life is precious. Life will continue to go on.”
The anti-crime nonprofit Project NOLA received a $10,000 grant Wednesday from the Westway Group to expand its network of private surveillance cameras by 40 locations in the west-Carrollton neighborhood, New Orleans officials said.
Tipitina’s will hold its second annual Rhythm and Blues 5K Run today (Saturday, Sept. 28) to benefit local school music programs, and the event will feature live music, $1 beer, a costume contest and possibly some running.
“We are represented by a Republican and a Democrat, and both of them need a call this week about this vote,” said MSNBC host and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry.
Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed a quarter of a million South Louisiana residents each year, is hosting a free screening Tuesday evening at the Prytania Theatre of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary about the struggles of Americans on food stamps. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo and Troy Henry of Sterling Farms will participate in a panel discussion after the event.
Sharon Carter Sheridan lost both of her parents to cancer – lung and colon. Barely in her teens, Sheridan’s sister died of uterine cancer at the age of 13 in 1951. Two of her brothers died of cancer – lung and pancreatic. And, she herself has been breast cancer free for 17 years.
But it wasn’t until her sister, her dearest friend and confidant died from the disease that Sheridan became incensed.
“Cancer didn’t make me angry until my older sister was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. That’s when I got mad,” said the New Orleans woman. “A lot of people around me have died from cancer – friends, cousins, family – but it was just something about my sister getting it that I just didn’t think was fair, and I’ve been angry ever since.”
On Thursday morning, Cafe Reconcile celebrated the completion of the renovations and expansion of its building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard with a dedication and blessing ceremony, attended by the top city officials, the program’s founders, and the at-risk young people who work there.
Gladys Willis, an 80-year-old resident of the Freret neighborhood who lost her legs to infection from the floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina, has a new roof following a fundraiser to keep her in her home last week at The Other Bar on Freret Street, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
As Tulane senior Devon Walker finishes his degree in cell and molecular biology this year, Dat Dog held a fundraiser on the first day of classes to help with the ongoing medical expenses from his spinal-cord injury during a football game last year, according to a report by Paul Murphy and our partners at WWL-TV.
As Devon Walker continues to recover from the spinal-cord injury he suffered while playing football for Tulane last fall, Dat Dog is hosting a fundraiser Monday — complete with a “Devon dog” he designed — to help with his continuing medical expenses.