One of the central tenets of Judaism is the value of tikkun olam, which roughly translates to a mandate that we must all do our part to repair our world and make it a better place. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans believes strongly in that ethic, and has collaborated with celebrated local jazz pianist Matt Lemmler to create a rotating series of community-wide events called Nourish: A Movement for New Orleans’ Homeless and Underserved. Our goal is to bring together the people of New Orleans, putting aside the many struggles this segment of our community faces on a regular basis, and to help our community’s underprivileged.
Thank you for all of the volunteers, sponsors and donors who made our kickoff event on January 15 at UNITY’s Sacred Heart Apartments so successful! Sacred Heart Apartments provides housing for low income residents and homeless New Orleanians, many of whom are armed services veterans. All That Jazz featured live jazz, a stellar brunch, and a chance for our volunteers to get to know the residents of Sacred Heart.
UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit overseeing a collaborative of over 60 agencies providing housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. A special thank you to Matt Lemmler and friends, Valerie Miller of UNITY, and Chef Kelly Fields and the incomparable staff at Willa Jean!
Approximate Number of Homeless New Orleanians
In August 2015, UNITY of Greater New Orleans said the city had reduced homelessness by 85 percent from a post-Hurricane Katrina high in 2007, to an estimated 1,703, compared to 2,051 before the storm.Learn more
Increase in the Percentage of Employed Parents Seeking Food Assistance in 2016
The number of people, primarily employed parents, seeking emergency food aid rose by 2% in 2016 . The increase has put a strain on city food banks, half of whom had to reduce the quantity of food individuals/families could receive per visit or per meal.Learn more
In order to make this happen and impact as many people as possible, we need the generous help of sponsors and volunteers around the community. From grants to financial sponsorships, and from food prep to toiletry drives, your help is both welcomed and encouraged. Upcoming events in the planning stages including a spring event in Broadmoor. This is a chance to bring together the New Orleans community and show that we value human dignity, kindness to others, and the virtue of repairing the world—one life at a time.