We are a non-profit organization created with collaborative partners to follow the vision of Father Harry Tompson, who in 1999 began to minister to persons experiencing homelessness in downtown New Orleans.

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Kip Barard received the “Chronic Homeless Navigator of the Month Award from UNITY of GNO on Nov. 15. Here’s what Brandi Gaines of UNITY had to say about Kip: “Kip Barard is amazing at everything that he does which is why I felt it necessary that he be nominated for the Chronic Navigator of the… Read more »

Every summer the Harry Tompson Center recruits at least one Jesuit Volunteer from the national Jesuit Volunteer Corps program to work with us at the Center. This year, we welcome Christian Frederickson! Christian was born in Maryland, close to the nation’s capital. He spent most of his childhood in the D.C. area, but since then… Read more »

Latest Blog Post

“Our job isn’t easy but making a difference in as many lives as we can is why we are here.” By Kahlise Ward, Site Coordinator at the VA CRRC September 2019 After just recently celebrating my 2nd anniversary of working for the Harry Tompson Center, I reflected on the services that I have been able… Read more »


Dec. 3, 2019 – #iGiveCatholic Day

Dec. 14, 2019 – 2nd Art show and Exhibition at the Rebuild Center

Jan. 14, 2020 – Memorial Service at St. Joseph’s Church

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Stories of Courage

“Out with the old, in with the new!”

Billy, December 2019

Billy is a recently housed guest of the Harry Tompson Center. A native New Orleanian, he experienced homelessness for a year and six months before finally getting to move into his own place.
 Before becoming housed, Billy spent his nights in his van, parked in the St. Joseph Church parking lot. His vehicle was vandalized twice during this time, but he never let it get him down.
“It didn’t damper me- God found ways to help me replace windows and tires.”
Billy had been working in South Carolina when his company suddenly shut down. Having been incarcerated for a short time, Billy had trouble finding more work. His savings quickly ran out. Eventually, he found his way back to New Orleans, with everything he had left in his van.
Billy remembers the exact date that he first discovered the Rebuild Center- May 7, 2017. He proudly declares the support he received from the staff and volunteers at the Center made it possible for him to ‘maintain stability in my [his] sanity, ego, and pride.”