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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers

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

Programs: Provide food/clothing/education/entertainment to residents of st bernard parish

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Rachel53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Saragosa T.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I came to help them after hurricane Isaac last month and they were awesome. They had food and clothing for people who lost everything and it was a really nice experience and I am really glad I could help them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered with them during spring break last year. They are doing a lot of good for people who are trying to come back from the Gulf Oil Spill and hurricane Katrina. I helped in the food pantry and I got to listen to some of the people who came through for help and it was hard to hear how much some of them are still struggling to get back to normal.