(November 9, 2015 | New Orleans, LA) In 1879, in response to the number of impoverished women in the wake of the Civil War, Coralie Correjolles organized 30 women into “La Société Hospitalière des Dames Louisianaises” to provide them with food and medicine. The group became especially concerned by the plight of elderly ladies, who, due to the loss of their husbands in the war, were destitute and living in squalid conditions. Through its collection of 10 cent monthly dues over 14 years, the Société was able to raise the money for its first building, 822 Barracks Street, to provide residence for 20 women. Over the next 113 years Maison Hospitaliere evolved into a skilled nursing facility for both men and women.
Hurricane Katrina scattered both residents and staff across the country, and in November 2006 the board decided to close the facility. When Maison Hospitaliere sold its French Quarter complex for more than $4 million, the proceeds were incorporated into an endowment that, through grantmaking to local nonprofit organizations, stays true to Maison’s original mission of serving women and their families.
“We are honored to be a recipient of a Maison Hospitaliere Foundation grant. The Foundation does so much to help poor and disenfranchised women have access to the services they need to regain control over their lives,” said Terri North, Providence Community Housing president and CEO. “This grant will allow us to engage and support more women and children in New Orleans.”
“This is a good example of one of the many ways the Greater New Orleans Foundation supports our community,” explains Albert Ruesga, president and CEO. “We can help a donor repurpose a private asset to address a pressing public need while ensuring that the donor’s intent, in this case, the support of indigent women, is met.”
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is proud to announce the following grants that will be given as part of the 2015 Maison Hospitaliere Foundation grantmaking, totaling $285,000: