The New Orleans Women’s Shelter in Central City has received a $100,000 grant from Impact 100, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The shelter is one of the few that accept homeless women with children and pregnant women.
“Impact 100 is a group of 100 New Orleans women who came together because of the shared belief that by pooling their resources, they could impact our community in ways they couldn’t achieve on their own,” said Alice Parkerson, vice president for development at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to the women of Impact 100,” said Jackie Silverman, who with her husband Dan founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter after Hurricane Katrina when they learned that there was no place for mothers with young children to go. “In this community, we have way too many mothers with children living in abandoned buildings, parks and in cars. It’s simply unacceptable.”
The young mothers receive individualized case management, job training and placement guidance and a savings-match program. Eighty-eight percent of the women NOWS has helped have successfully transitioned to independence and stability.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is a community foundation that serves a 13-parish region in southeast Louisiana and last year awarded $19.1 million to more than 300 nonprofit organizations.
For information on the nonprofits that participated in Impact 100, visit www.gnof.org/impact100. For information on participating in Impact 100 next year, contact development officer Allie Betts at the Greater New Orleans Foundation at (504) 598-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.