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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May 19, 2015 The Harry Tompson Center is proud to now be sponsoring weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Monday afternoons.  Alcoholics Anonymous is an important resource through which members can  share their experience, strength and hope for the future. We hope that these classes will serve as a safe space for those struggling with addiction.   May 6, 2015… Read more »

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Through the Lint Trap: Amidst the morning laundry rush down at the Harry Tompson Center’s Satellite Site, my staff and I often hear our guests’ stories in snippets. As we dive in and out of the thick crowd – running to look things up for people, grab extra razors, find Band-Aids, and clean bathrooms –… Read more »

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Stories of Courage


After living by the river for 4 long years, Mark recently moved into his own apartment after becoming a participant in our new housing program operated in collaboration with DePaul USA. One staff member described him as, “a gentle man, kind and unpretentious with much to teach us about life.” (more…)


Stephanie Charles, a New Orleans native from the Mid-City area, has lived an incredibly rough life. She describes her childhood as a chaotic one with extreme poverty, an abusive mother, and a rat-infested home.   After graduating from Warren Eastern High School, she took up a variety of jobs from housekeeping to babysitting, to selling gift items with a local entrepreneur.  In 2010, Stephanie became homeless after a devastating series of events regarding her section 8 housing and now sleeps wherever she can seek refuge for the night.  While Stephanie was dealt a number of hardships in her life, her faith is unshakeable, “Keep your peace and trust in God.”


Curtis is a calming, peaceful presence here at the Center. Growing up in the Uptown Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans, Curtis got to know people from all backgrounds, “I don’t see color, I can feel who a person is.” He received his CNA certification and worked for many years at a nursing home, but the deterioration of his spine cut his career short and he could not make ends meet. (more…)

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