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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Laurie Latham, Executive Director of the Eckstein Charitable Trust, paid a visit to the Rebuild Center recently. We are very grateful to the Eckstein Trust for believing in our work and for helping to fund our operations and Bike Project! ‘Tis the season of giving, and the Harry Tompson Center community is overflowing with gratitude! Many… Read more »

‘Tis the season of giving, and the Harry Tompson Center community is overflowing with gratitude! Many organizations, ministries, and individuals have organized “Giving Trees” or holiday donation drives based on our Wish List to help us in our mission to provide basic needs to those struggling with homelessness. The need is great- every day, we encounter… Read more »

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“Billy, the True Giver” Remarks at the Interfaith Memorial Service on January 14, 2020 By Vicki Judice January 14, 2020 I’m often asked how I stay hopeful in the face of so much sadness and suffering. It can be difficult encountering guests at the Rebuild Center, all the while aware that the average age of… Read more »


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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.”