Community Center of St Bernard

Rating: 4.47 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Human Services

Location: 1111 LeBeau St Arabi LA 70032 USA

Mission: The Community Center of St Bernard is dedicated to empowering survivors of hurricane Katrina and Isaac and the Gulf Oil Spill who are working to rebuild their lives and their communities by facilitating their access to the essential recovery resources they need. In order to effectively fulfill this mission the Center goes beyond merely offering its own programming by actively coordinating a multi-agency collaborative of organizations from across the greater New Orleans area which are invited to provide services at its facility, thereby creating a "one-stop shop" recovery resource center.
Results: Current Projects: • Mustard Seed Distribution Program: This program addresses emergency needs by supplying free food, household supplies, hygiene products, and clothes to low-income residents. During 2011, the Mustard Seed Food Pantry provided 263,634 lbs of food to 1,583 low income families (4,351 individuals), including over 1,100 children ages 17 & under. And more than 200 families received free clothes at the Mustard Seed Clothing Bank every week. • Media Lab: The Media Lab offers free internet access and computer classes for individuals and businesses, along with faxing and copying services to enable residents to seek employment, keep in contact with family members, and find applicable federal, state and local aid programs. The media lab has 8 internet-connected computers with free printing. During 2011, a total of 3,889 sessions were logged on the media lab computers, and 156 residents signed up for free basic computer classes. • Referrals: During 2011, the Community Center passed out 9,816 informational flyers, forms and brochures to help clients find the help they needed. Office staff also made 4,778 referrals to aid programs such as housing, utility bill assistance, child care, and dental services. • Community Building Events: During 2011, the Community Center of St Bernard was the site for more than 120 social events including holiday celebrations, workshops, seminars, bingo nights, and kids arts & crafts sessions. The Center provided Thanksgiving baskets and canned goods to low-income families so that more than 1,024 local residents could enjoy a festive holiday meal at home with family and friends. And more than 1,200 toys were given out to 421 low-income children at the annual Holiday Celebration and Toy GiveAway. During 2012, the Center has continued popular activities like our weekly Bingo games and NA meetings, as well as offering a Bike Safety Workshop, a St Patrick's Day Dance, a Volunteer Appreciation Awards Ceremony and Dance, and a Memorial Day Community Outreach Fair. And we held the first annual Blues in da Parish Festival on October 20, 2012.
Target demographics: Disaster surivors in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, who are still struggling to rebuild after hurricanes Katrina and Isaac and the Gulf Oil Spill devastated their lives and their homes.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Geographic areas served: Greater New Orleans

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Rating: 5 stars  

For all my friends back in New Orleans - Guten Tag! I miss you all and I am very pleased to write this review to thank you for helping me with my thesis about disaster recovery. You are doing a wonderful job and I am proud to have studied with you. Thank you for letting me observe your work and for taking the time to help me understand what a disaster Katrina was and continues to be. You are to be commended for your ongoing efforts to help those who are still struggling to recover.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hey guys, greetings from Chicago and glad to write a review to help you all. The Community Center helped my family so much back in 2006 and 2007 when we were trying to get FEMA and Road Home to work with us to get our house gutted and rebuilt. I don't know what we would have done without the computer lab and the free phones and faxing and the legal aid you all had there. I'm in Chicago now finishing up my degree in pre-med and I hope to get into Tulane med school so I'll be back in NOLA next year this time. And I'll probably come by with my sister to volunteer at the toy give away in December so I'll see you then. Thanks again for everything that you have done ever since Katrina.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 4 stars  

Love the community center. Hate this website that lost my review so I have to retype it. But the Center is doing good work so I'm willing to try again. Anyway I worked there for week during alternative spring break and the center was almost overwhelmed to the point that some people had to stand in the waiting area because there was no room. But the staff do a great job in spite of being short-handed and they really care so if you are in NOLA and you want to make a difference go there and help for a day. They need the help and you will really know that you've done something that made a difference. Not just a slogan, but for real.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nice people doing a great job to help families that are disabled or elderly or unemployed. Shame that the local council member there couldn't care less and has such a not-in-my-backyard attitude. But he's a Have so why should he care about the Have-Nots. Anyway this is a great group who do good work in spite of no support and sometimes active antagonism. Keep the faith!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Every winter during semester break I always go to visit my family in New Orleans and we speand a day at the Community Center helping with the food pantry. It is always a fun time. We love the Community Center staff who are mainly volunteers who do this every day just because people need help. They are really inspiring. If you are in New Orleans, be sure to check them out if you have some free time and want to make it mean something.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

Thanks for your email and I am glad to write a recommendation for you. It was a very good experience for our youth group to help others at your facility during our spring break this year. So many times we send donations but we never really get to know the people we help. Having the chance to meet the people that benefit from our donations was a very moving experience and hopefully it will inspire the younger members of our team to make service an important part of their lives going forward. God Bless You again for all that you do. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went down after hurricane Isaac last month. It was great to be able to do something to help. I helped pass out emergency boxes of food for the food pantry and listened to people's stories. They are so brave to keep coming back after everything that has happened to them and I am very glad I was able to do something to help.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

My church group went down last year and we helped give out toys for the children at Christmas and it was a lot of fun and the kids were so happy. I hope we can do it again this year.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work with them every week in the clothing bank. It is really nice to see how we help people who are having problems because they lost their jobs or they are sick or they had a disaster. I am very glad to help here.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was glad to get the email to ask me to write a comment about them because I helped them with the Toy GiveAway for the kids last year and it was awesome and me and my family will be back to do it again this year.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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