A small and effective Capital Campaign Committee was established in late 2018. It includes some of the best talent available to us. A broad and substantial campaign will soon be launched. Our goal is to fully fund the total restoration/renovation of The Dodwell House Community Resource Center. Funding will provide for a full commercial kitchen to better serve our client children who may live in food deserts or lack access to quality dinners. Funding will provide for safe and quiet space for “at risk children” to learn effectively. Funding will provide for fully accessible bathrooms and spaces not now available to Anna’s Place NOLA children. Funding will provide for spaces for over a dozen community groups such as:
- Food Pantry: the Pantry serves approximately 30 families who qualify for food stamps. These families represent about 90 individuals. Often the recipients are older persons. In addition we are now concluding a partnership with Tulane University School of Medicine to do health screenings for our Pantry clients. The Pantry also serves homeless populations residing under the N. Claiborne elevated expressway.
- Free Rehearsal Space for working musicians. For a city noted for its music are grossly underpaid. Therefore rehearsal space is at a premium and costs. We provide, free of charge, such space for groups like The Tom Cats a 25 piece big band of working musicians and tradition bearers.
- Poetry Workshop: A Poets & Writers Inc. Sponsored Poetry Series led by Delia Nakayam, published poet. This access provides artistic expression and relief to isolated populations.
- 12 Step Groups: like many churches we host several 12 Step Groups. These groups are not typically concerned with alcoholism but other addictions that have a hard time finding a home. These groups typically require a “safe space” to meet providing some degree of anonymity.
- NOAGE TASK FORCE provides care and hospitality to aging LGBTQ+ community members who often face isolation and rejection.
- LBGTQ Social Clubs meet in the Parish Hall. This outreach provides not only a space for them to meet but an opportunity to partner with that same community. The results are, substantial community partnerships. Social barriers are being broken down.
- The NOLA Partnership for Mental Health brings together patients, caregivers, providers, advocates, and academics to find evidence-based solutions to the problems facing people with mental illness. Funded for 3 years by PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute), this group has held community forums and is proposing a research project related to mental health.
- Community Resilience Learning Collaborative and Research Network (C-LEARN)is about better understanding the capacity to address resilience to disasters, hurricanes, storms, floods, oil spills and other natural or man-made catastrophes in under-resourced communities, especially the vulnerable Southern Louisiana region. We use community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) to engage stakeholders and evaluate effects of interventions on community and individual outcomes and are funded by the National Academy of Sciences.
- Resilience Against Depression Disparities (RADD)is a community-patient partnered intervention tailored to meet the mental health needs of LGBTQ persons. We are based in Los Angeles and New Orleans and are funded by PCORI.
- The Community and Patient Partnered Research Network (CPPRN)is a new program in Los Angeles County and New Orleans. We will collaborate with under-resourced communities to improve behavioral health services and is also funded by PCORI.
- The Historic Tremé Home Owners Association meets on a regular basis at St. Anna’s.
- Resources for Human Development, Inc. community gatherings provide a safe space for the mentally challenged who live at or below the poverty level and are occasionally homeless. This group gathers to provide a sense of community, self worth, and socialization through meals and games under the direction of case workers.