Changing Lives at Anna’s Place NOLA

Anna’s Place NOLA, an out-of-school-time program for 5-18 year old youth, creates a culture of possibility and hope. Anna’s Place NOLA changes lives.

With the increased capacity of Dodwell House, the new home for Anna’s Place, we will better serve our community. This means more programs and more people able to access the support they need.

Dodwell House means Anna’s Place will change more lives by:

  • Doubling the number of youth participating in our comprehensive arts-based enrichment programs
  • Offering out-of-school time youth programs 5 days each week
  • Developing programs geared to the needs of families

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About St. Anna’s Church

St. Anna’s Episcopal Church owns and operates Dodwell House Community Resource Center with a dedication to engendering a culture of boundless hope, possibility and integrity for all people.

Dodwell House will enable us to continue to serve our community by:

  • Providing food security for more families through our Food Pantry program
  • Increasing assistance to neighborhood homeless communities by providing a listening ear and personal care items
  • Offering space for local community and cultural groups to meet, hold small events and educate the public on our traditions and culture

To learn more about St. Anna’s Church and it’s vision go to StAnnaNOLA.org.

History of the House

In 2010, St. Anna’s Episcopal Church entered into a lease-purchase agreement for Dodwell House (built in 1846) with the goal of turning it into a community center to expand their existing outreach programs. Between 1977 and 2010 previous owners allowed the property to lapse into disrepair and many of the original fine appointments were sold off – fireplace mantels and rosettes were missing, floors were crumbling away, bricks were degrading and the property was filled with volumes of refuse and debris. Work to stabilize and prevention of further damage has been done since 2010. With the purchase finalized in 2018, St. Anna’s is moving ahead with full renovation.

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1519 Esplanade Avenue (Courtesy Historic New Orleans Collection, photography by Betsy Swanson)

About the Rev. Robert and Mary King Dodwell

The Dodwell House is named in honor and memory of The Rev. Robert and Mary King Dodwell. Fr. Dodwell was rector of St. Anna’s from 1970 – 1994. Mary and Bob were married in 1973. Both were very active leaders in local, regional and national Episcopal programs. Together they led St. Anna’s to extraordinary growth and service to the community, and Mary was instrumental in keeping the church open after Hurricane Katrina.

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