To promote healing and wholeness of body, mind and spirit in the Tremé/7th Ward and Greater New Orleans community by offering academic, cultural, and arts enrichment; holistic health care; and healthy lifestyle education.
Anna’s Place NOLA is a place of peace where children realize their potential and families and the community are nurtured so that poverty and violence no longer make their home among us.
WHO WE SERVE
Anna’s Place NOLA seeks to serve those in our community — a community rife with violence (as a means of resolving conflict and as retribution slayings), drug dealing, and prostitution, and contains families of low socio- economic means. The children have been born into a city, a neighborhood and a culture that devalues them. Academic success is hindered by schools that under-serve their community. Life expectancy is 20 years lower than other parts of New Orleans; adults have low health literacy, and many are uninsured or otherwise medically under-served.
WHAT WE OFFER:
After-school, Saturday and Summer Camp Kids’ Programs
Formed in 2010, we offer year-long programming tokids ages 5-15. Many of our students come from the Treme/7th Ward/Lafitte area, as well as various other “at-risk” neighborhoods around the city. We offer a 3-day a week After-school program, a Saturday arts-focused program and a summer camp. All of our activities strive to integrate creative/artistic development and healthy lifestyles with academic enhancement, ensuring our students develop self-esteem through academic achievement, performances and cultural, environmental and community awareness. Activities include:
- Arts-Integrated Academic Enrichment
- Homework assistance
- Healthy Lifestyle education: nutrition, health, gardening
- Life skills coaching: Critical thinking skills, Dialectal differences/code switching, Positive conflict resolution strategies, psycho-education groups with a social worker, music therapy
- Instruction and activities in vocal and instrumental music, most of which are provided by musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
- Arts Enrichment Classes: Dance, Visual arts, Drama, African Drumming
- Learning opportunities through visits to Loyola Biology Department laboratories
- Field trips to New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, the Microsoft Store, SPARK
- Performances at community/public functions
- Community art projects
Started as a mobile unit in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to bring healthcare to people all around the Greater New Orleans area, we are now stationed inside St. Anna’s Episcopal Church and primarily serve the Treme/7th Ward/Lafitte neighborhoods. This population has an average life expectancy 20 years lower than communities just 2 miles away! A large portin of the community struggle with cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, violence and lack of efficient health coverage. Our operation provides the following FREE medical services on a walk-in basis twice a week:
- Health screenings (blood pressure, diabetes)
- HIV and Hepatitis C testing
- Urgent-care type doctor visits
- Health Education and Diabetes Support Group
- Referrals to Safety-net clinics
- Flu shots
- Medicaid Application Assistance
St. Anna’s Food Pantry has existed in many forms at least since the 1970’s when Fr. Bob Dodwell introduced “The Night Owls”, ladies who would prepare sandwiches at night then distribute them the next day. Before and after Katrina a modest food pantry would provide small bags of food items for homeless men and women. In time demand increased and by 2009 demand was so large that small groups were forming and becoming unruly.
Being the best stewards of our mission St. Anna’s parishioners then identified families in the neighborhood that need assistance. In general, these families are multi-generational and run short of food provided by food stamps toward the end of the month. The pantry, while still assisting our neighbors in need, also focuses on individuals and families in transitional living situations usually coming out of an AIDS hospice and awaiting permanent and sustainable assistance…we fill the gap. The distribution is generally monthly and volunteers for this work are invited.
The surrounding community has embraced the Food Pantry and a series of fundraisers by local businesses and social clubs, mostly in the LGBT community, have raised considerable funds to support this outreach and St. Anna’s Church.
For more information about St. Anna’s or our Community Center-in progress, please visit:
We are recipients of meals and snacks through a USDA program, and as such: