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. Our day shelter services are now provided in two sites: 1) at the Rebuild Center, an award-winning facility, located at 1803 Gravier Street, where we collaborate with the Lantern Light Ministry, DePaul USA and St. Joseph’s Church; and 2) at the Veteran’s Administration Community Resource and Referral Center, located at 1530 Gravier Street.
We are a committed group of staff and volunteers who strive to provide a calm and caring environment each work day to persons who are in crisis and who have no place to call home. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all those who come to us in need, not merely by responding to their physical needs, but also by attending to the whole person with respect and compassion.
We are also the guests of the Harry Tompson Center – your brothers and sisters – most of us who sleep on the streets, in abandoned buildings or in emergency shelters each night in New Orleans. We frequent the Center because that is where we find hope and where we are treated with dignity, compassion and respect. Some of us are no longer homeless but want to give back to the Center as volunteers and provide support to others who are still without housing.
We are the supporters of the Harry Tompson Center, essential partners who provide treasure and talent to guide, fund and continue the mission that Father Harry started in 1999.
We seek to follow the call of the Gospel as stated so eloquently by Pope Francis,
“The proclamation of the Gospel is destined primarily to the poor, to those who often lack the essentials for a decent life. The good news is first announced to them, that God loves them before all others and comes to visit them through the acts of charity that the disciples of Christ carry out in his name.”