To reduce the overwhelming prevalence of homelessness, extreme poverty and hunger within this Deep South region requires a broad, strategic and long term approach. Our commitment, for most of a century, has been to provide the programs and essential services that address some of the most pressing issues affecting those living in some of the poorest counties in America. The needs of this region are great, even overwhelming, but we do the best we can, with what little we have, to serve those most in need.
Our outreach area includes the Alabama counties of Butler, Dallas, Lowndes, Monroe, Perry and Wilcox, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Our work is made possible through the compassionate generosity of donors from around the country alarmed by the critical nature of this ongoing, deeply-rooted poverty. Our programs include:
Food is the most basic human need yet there are thousands of people suffering from hunger. We believe that no child, no senior citizen, no person should ever go hungry!
Our nutritional programs include:
Shelter and clothing are two human necessities that protect, give a feeling of well-being and boost the will to live. Unfortunately for hundreds of individuals, families and veterans in our area they are homeless. Thousands more live in homes that are in a state of disrepair and in many cases partially collapsing.
In response, we provide emergency shelter for those:
Additional services include providing:
For years, in poor medically underserved and geographically isolated rural areas, access to local healthcare was almost non-existent. Today more medical care programs and services for the poor are available on a local level yet gaps still remain that hinder the patient’s completion of care.
To help fill these gaps, based on demand, we:
Food, shelter, and healthcare are all necessary for alleviating poverty but research shows that the most sustainable way to help a community improve its standard of life in the long run is to provide education for its residents.
Access to services and activities are important for our senior population, and helps minimize depression, loneliness, isolation and cognitive decline. Our Senior Activity Program is a multi-purpose resource dedicated to providing low income and vulnerable older adults in the community with a variety of free services to prevent isolation, promote independence, wellness, and an enhanced quality of life in a safe and friendly environment.