New Orleans work is guided by 3 principles.
Presence in Abandoned Neighborhoods
ATD Fourth World’s presence in New Orleans grew out of an alliance with a spiritual community of black and white women who live and work among families in poverty. After Hurricane Katrina when rental housing costs skyrocketed and neighborhoods changed drastically and rapidly, our team moved to the South 7th Ward, an area neglected in the rebuilding efforts brought to other parts of the city Working alongside other organizations and a network of members we work to support families in poverty in accessing their basic human rights to housing, juvenile justice, and education.
Bringing People Together
Over the years, we have explored actions with families around their concerns for early childhood development and for alternative learning through Street Libraries. Monthly Stoop Talks in the South 7th Ward offer an opportunity for neighbors to gather and think together around issues affecting their lives and the environment in which they live. Discussions lead to a group analysis around questions such as: What to do about abandoned houses? How to access food? What do children need in the neighborhood to grow in a healthy way? Weekly Community Corner Coffee and Hands-On-Learning are ways to continue learning about and bringing neighbors together.
Engaging in Partnerships for Justice
Through partnerships with Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), we defend young people and children caught in the school to prison pipeline as they are pushed out of the school system and into the justice system. These projects have a strong element of parental accompaniment and relationship-building with schools.
To contact the New Orleans team you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 504-899-9950.