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Our Mission

What We Do

The Giving Hope Retreat opened in 2015 partnership with the New Orleans Mission. It is located on 60 acres of land in Lacombe, LA away from the bustle of the city. With a peaceful setting and amazing facilities, we provide a safe haven for all those looking to start anew. We are currently in the process of raising money to build a Giving Hope Women’s Center to safely house abused, trafficked, and homeless women. The Giving Hope Retreat Center provides both refuge away from the conditions of homelessness as well a training to help these citizens rebuild their lives through training for various trade programs, GED classes, and lifestyle courses. We provide support throughout attendees’ recovery periods to fill their lives with hope, purpose, and direction for a new life.

Women's Center Pavillion

The percentage of homeless women in New Orleans has increased by 66 percent since 2012. The New Orleans Mission is addressing this statistic to positively impact homelessness in New Orleans. "These women are the most vulnerable of our homeless population,” said David Bottner, executive director for the New Orleans Mission. “Of the homeless women in New Orleans, 92 percent have been abused sexually or physically. The problem is deeper than meets the eye, and it is our duty to help them. Currently, the New Orleans Mission offers 32 beds for women in the city of New Orleans. Future plans include expanding the women's program to 100 beds, which will be located on a portion of the Northshore campus.

Our Goals

Our Impact

168 graduates from the Giving Hope Retreat Center as of August 2017