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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: To provide educational and mental health services that assist people struggling to identify personal barriers, and to obtain the necessary tools to overcome challenges, achieving renewed hope for succeeding in life.

Target demographics: Renewed Hope Center services individuals of all ages and ethnicities speaking english.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2014 we assisted over 200 individuals and families combined.

Geographic areas served: St. Tammany Parish

Programs: Counseling: Mental Health Counseling - Provided by Licensed Professional Counselors and Accepting Medicaid and BlueCross/BlueShield and sliding scale fees Faith Based Counseling - Free to individuals as a support who can't afford mental health counseling or are interest in this counseling - It is provided by a counselor who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Christian Care and Counseling and is not a licensed counselor. Independent Living Program for Youth - Working with Training: Focus Point Career Development Program Individual Career Development - Career Counseling Computer Lab Simple Steps to Money Management Extreme Teen Makeover Parenting Program - Using the "Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens (STEP)" Specialty Program: The Blooming Tree - For severe and persistent mentally ill individuals day program offering support with educational programs, crafting, visiting speakers and lunch Advocacy and Referral Services

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

The work performed at the RHC was the reason I began turning over the proceeds from the baked items sold at the Camellia City Farmers Market each Saturday. Trudy was providing direct and immediately useful support to those in need. Her passion for this work is the model needed in this community.


Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to volunteer my service to RHC. Trudy Gidwin is a special person gifed with many talents, she helps so many people in need & aslo help me. Her skills in teaching are remarkable and I am blessed to have had the opportanety to work with a great ministry.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I think that RHC is an unique ministry in that it meet the needs of all types of peole. It is a practical ministry that help meet the needs of people hurting and in need. Giving them tools to become working people and able to provide for themselves eventually. The most important aspect of this ministry is meeting the needs of the whole person (body, mind and spirit)

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago when I was unemployed, I had the opportunity to attend Renewed Hope Center's Employment classes. The teachers were very knowledgeable and helpful. We worked on writing resumes' and learned techniques to feel confident in an interview. Trudy was always very prepared for class and had lots of resources to help us explore the employment possibilities in our community. The Center was always a welcome place to go to work on my resume or attend a class. It was a wonderful experience and I felt very blessed to be a part of such a well developed, organized program. I have been employed now for 18 months in a job that has great benefits, pays well and has lots of room for advancement. I've received two merit increases since I began working. Attending the classes at Renewed Hope Center gave me the confidence I needed to land a rewarding job and feel good about myself once again.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Mental Health Professional, I often encouter individuals, couples, and families in need of counseling and various other types of support services, but are unable to afford to pay for these services.


Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time as a full time volunteer for RHC. It was a pleasure working with Trudy, the director and helping to teach job skill classes. The material was comprehensive and people received practical instruction to improve their resumes , interview skills and how to be an asset to their employer. The experience was rewarding.