Crescent City health briefs for October 23, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Jefferson Beautification Inc. - Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Fierro, honorary chairman of 'A Night in Rio,' a Parkway Promenade fundraiser sponsored by Jefferson Beautification, is shown with, from left, event Co-chairwoman Denise Woodward, Honorary Liaison Miriam Brown and event Co-chairwoman Pat Golemi.

NAMI TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN TREME: The New Orleans affiliate of the National Association on Mental Illness will be providing services in the Treme/Lafitte neighborhood through the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center beginning next month.

The partnership will begin with a launch event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3, at 2200 Lafitte Ave. The parking lot entrance is on North Galvez Street. The launch event will feature refreshments, a Sharing Hope dialogue about mental illness and an overview of NAMI programs. Reservations are requested by calling Renee at (504) 896-2345 or email

The Sojourner Truth Family Support Group will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at 2200 Lafitte Ave. The group meets on the second Monday of every month and is open to anyone with a family member living with a mental illness.

For information on NAMI and its other family support groups, visit or call (504) 896-2345.

CLEANING FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Working through Cleaning For A Reason, Dial-A-Maid of Kenner is donating house cleanings to women battling cancer.

“As women, we like to keep our home in order as much as we can,” owner Juanita Jasmine said. “Women who are fighting the battle with cancer need to focus on their health. Trying to maintain a clean home can easily become a low priority when going through treatments and surgeries, and this is where we come in.”

Cleaning For A Reason, based in Lewisville, Texas, works with more than 1,100 residential cleaning companies nationwide. Since 2006, more than $4.5 million in services have been donated, helping more than 15,000 women with cancer. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, visit