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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“Applying for the HTC Executive Director Position” Those interested in applying for this position which will be available in June 2020 should email a resume, three references, AND a cover letter explaining qualifications to Vicki Judice at vjudice@harrytompsoncenter.org.   The deadline for applications is February 17, 2020. Summary of Job Position The new Executive Director will be responsible… Read more »

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 »

Latest Blog Post

“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 »


You’re invited to “Come Swing With Harry!” at our 2020 Gala!

Saturday, April 18, 2020


Academy of the Sacred Heart Nims Fine Arts Center

Our annual Gala raises funds that are critical for making the Harry Tompson Center one of the most impactful low barrier shelters in New Orleans. Enjoy a night of big band music, dancing, fine dining, and more while contributing to a good cause. Purchase admission tickets, become a sponsor, donate auction items, view auction items, and more at www.bidpal.net/HTC.

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Special Announcement

Executive Director Vicki Judice to Retire in Summer of 2020

Vicki Judice has announced her retirement which will occur in late June.  She has loved her time working with the wonderful guests, staff, volunteers and board members of the HTC over the last 7 years and is grateful for the opportunity to serve those in need in our community. Vicki plans to continue volunteering with Center activities such as the Art Program, the Gala and a book she is compiling about the Rebuild Center. We haven’t seen the last of her!

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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.”