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 »
For years, Amanda and her two boys have brought donuts for our guests to enjoy. They faithfully come for a visit almost every winter and summer break, and our guests are always excited for the sweet treat. Here is a photo from Thanksgiving 2014 and one from yesterday- clearly, the boys are turning into kind… Read more »
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After just recently celebrating my 2nd anniversary of working for the Harry Tompson Center, I reflected on the services that I have been able to bless our clients with. My goal every day is to give any client I can the feeling of HOPE. When clients are sleeping in shelters, under bridges, and on park… Read more »
Stories of Courage
“I used to play for B.B. King!”
At one time, Eric Williams had gainful employment as a construction worker and enjoyed playing music on the side. His specialty was being booked for rented-out movies where he would use his music to change the entire tone of the film.
Then, he had to have open-heart surgery. The ensuing medical bills wiped him out financially, and soon he was overcome with depression. He found himself living on the streets for six years. As of July 3, he was housed through UNITY’s “Coordinated Entry System” with help from Case Manager Katey Lantto.
Eric first came to New Orleans two years ago because he was tired of the cold weather in his native New Jersey, and because he wanted to experience the music scene and the “spiritual grounding” of our vibrant city.
Unfortunately, the streets of New Orleans are very competitive in all things musical, so despite being immensely talented, Eric was still struggling. Eventually, he found his way to the Harry Tompson Center.
He often entertains guests and staff alike with his musical talents. “I like to get personal with my music… I want you to feel as though you’ve known me forever.”
Now that he has been housed, he is most grateful to have his own bed to sleep in. He works when he can, doing small jobs, and he still loves to spread his love of music to all those around him.
“I needed other people to believe in me so I could get back on my feet.”
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