Hurricane Isaac Emergency Grants Awarded

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is pleased to announce that the following organizations received grants from the Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund. These organizations are working tirelessly to provide direct relief in the form of food, water, clothing, and shelter to individuals and families in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Isaac.

These grants were made possible by the following supporters:



Awesome Ladies of Distinction – $8,880

A program designed for school-age girls that helps develop young women to live a life of social inclusiveness and free from generational characteristics and habits that lead to poverty, low self-esteem, and teen pregnancy.

IMPACT: The grant funded Operation Jump Start that will provide food and water for families impacted by the storm.

Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing – $20,000

BISCO is a local, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to improve the lives of residents in southeastern coastal Louisiana.

IMPACT: The grant provided the residents of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Grand Isle in Jefferson, and St. John the Baptist parishes with direct assistance including food, water, and ice.

Caring Center of Slidell – $22,000

For over 18 years, the Caring Center of Slidell is a long-term shelter that addresses the needs of individuals and families in crisis.

IMPACT: The grant met the needs of those displaced or homeless by providing temporary or permanent shelter, food, water, and clothing.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans – $24,000

Catholic Charities Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux* – $10,000

Incorporated in 1938, Catholic Charities is one of the largest health and human service agencies in the Gulf South comprised of 40 programs and two affiliated ministries dedicated to serving the poor and vulnerable.

IMPACT: The grant was for the staffing of an evacuee site in St. Bernard Parish. Case workers assessed needs and offered mental health assistance, distributed food & hygiene supplies, repaired damaged homes, and provided public transport for evacuees in St. John Parish.

*IMPACT: The grant helped with temporary housing and roof repairs for eight families.

Community Center of St. Bernard – $6,336

Opened after Hurricane Katrina, the Community of St. Bernard provides a place for St. Bernard residents to gather, eat, and share.

IMPACT: The grant supported the Center’s Mustard Seed Food Pantry which provided food and produce to local, low-income residents.

Dress for Success – $5,000

Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

IMPACT: The grant helped women replace their lost work-related clothing in Laplace, Plaquemines Parish, and St. Bernard Parish and to help women returning to the workforce retain their jobs.

Dulac Community Center – $10,000

An organization that works collaboratively with the United Houma Nation to provide social services.

IMPACT: The grant provided for food items and temporary housing assistance for over 100 families who were displaced.

Hope Center – $10,000

This nonprofit organization helps individuals and families suffering from extreme poverty with a focus on youth ages 17 to 24 years of age.

IMPACT: The grant provided assistance to families living in the impacted areas of Jean Lafitte with food, clothing vouchers, and emergency shelter.

Good Samaritan Ministries – $15,000

The ministry provides immediate assistance to those living in dire circumstances by connecting resources to case management agencies assisting the poor across Slidell, Alton, and Pearl

IMPACT: Good Samaritans partnered with Epworth Project, a volunteer-driven home repair organization, to provide financial assistance for housing materials that repaired damaged homes.

Gulf Coast Social Services – $10,000

Founded in 1983, this nonprofit organization provides comprehensive human service program for children and adults with various physical and mental challenges.

IMPACT: The grant provided basic needs for families including food, water and ice, temporary housing, and clothing.

Just the Right Attitude – $10,000

Located in New Orleans East, Just the Right Attitude is a food bank that opened its doors in 2001 to serve people in the Greater New Orleans area.

IMPACT: The grant supported the purchase of food for distribution and the preparation of hot meals for families dislocated.

Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana – $10,000

LFCL’s promotes an integrated community food system that combats food insecurity, enriches the environment, and serves as a way to better the social & economic lives of

IMPACT: The grant allowed LFCL to distribute 14,000 pounds of food to over 400 Latino families throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

Louisiana Environmental Action Network – $6,000

LEAN is recognized as one of Louisiana’s most recognized environmental advocacy organizations.

IMPACT: The grant provided direct relief including food, water, hygiene products, fuel assistance, and clothing in the impacted areas of New Orleans East, Shell Beach and Ycloskey, Point a la Hache, Buras, and Lafitte.

Louisiana Oystermen Association – $10,000

The association is a member organization of 175 fishermen who reside in Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes.

IMPACT: The grant provided food and water to the 75 association members who were forced out of their homes and were unable to work because the storm interrupted the fishing operations.

Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC – $10,000

MQVN CDC is committed to preserving and promoting the unique cultural diversity in Greater New Orleans, starting with New Orleans East.

IMPACT: The grant provided cleaning supplies to residents in the affected Parishes (Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, & Jefferson)

Neighborhood Housing Services – $15,000

NHS revitalizes communities by increasing the number of homeowners and transforming substandard properties into sustainable home-ownership.

IMPACT: The grant provided affected homeowners with contract, construction, and insurance counseling.

New Orleans Family Justice Alliance – $8,800

Created in 2011, the New Orleans Family Justice Alliance coordinates services for victims of family violence and sexual violence people impacted by poverty.

IMPACT: The grant helped with the purchase of food and household items for their clients.

NOLA Green Roots – $10,000

For more than a decade, NOLA Green Roots has served Greater New Orleans and its surrounding parishes by building sustainableCommunityGardens.

IMPACT: The grant provided fresh groceries to more than 500 residents in the Greater New Orleans area.

Our Daily Bread – $7,245

Established in 1999, Our Daily Bread is a nonprofit food rescue ministry whose goal is to alleviate hunger in Tangipahoa Parish.

IMPACT: The grant was for restocking food supplies, pay staff, and assist residents and evacuees in need.

Safe Harbor – $7,000

Safe Harbor provides free, confidential, 24-hour service to survivors of domestic, family, and dating violence in St. Tammany & Washington parishes.

IMPACT: The grant provided services to victims suffering trauma in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

Second Harvest Food Bank – $50,000

An organization that is leading the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through widespread food distribution, advocacy, education, and disaster response.

IMPACT: The grant helped prepare the 880,000 pounds (22 truck loads) of non-perishable food items and cleaning products made available for immediate distribution right after the storm.

St. Paul’s Homecoming Center – $20,000

Founded in 2006 in response to Hurricane Katrina, St. Paul’s Homecoming Center continues to serve as a recovery center where neighbors can obtain assistance in rebuilding their lives and homes.

IMPACT: The grant provided temporary housing assistance, food, and materials for volunteer workers to aid in the cleaning and gutting of homes.

Terrebonne Churches United Good Samaritan Foodbank – $10,000

Since 1987, the Houma Good Samaritan Food Bank has been serving food to hungry people in Terrebonne Parish.

IMPACT: The grant provided for 50 families who came to the food bank for immediate help before disaster food stamps became available.

Terrebonne Readiness & Assistance Center – $10,500

The Center assists disadvantaged individuals and families in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes with long-term recovery needs.

IMPACT: The grant was for tree and debris removal of over 300 homes.

Trinity Episcopal Church – $10,000

In its seventh year, Trinity’s Loaves and Fishes program takes meals to the homeless and organizations serving the homeless.

IMPACT: Trinity prepared over 150 meals a day for the hardest hit neighborhoods around New Orleans and Laplace.

Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training – $6,000

Serving the Vietnamese community for over 11 years, VIET develops educational and economic training programs and serves as a resource center for many Vietnamese families.

IMPACT: The grant provided for immediate relief by providing 500 Vietnamese families with 50 pound bags of Jazzmen rice which allowed families to have rice as part of their meal for three to four weeks. The families receiving help live in Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. John, and St. Tammany parishes.

Youth Empowerment Project – $6,000

Founded in 2004, YEP serves at-risk youth with educational programs, literacy programs, and intensive case management.

IMPACT: The grant allowed a minimum of 20 families to receive food, clothing, and rental assistance for the month of September since many people experienced a loss of income during and immediately after the storm.