When Social Work Works!

The mark of a good social worker can often be found in an individual that possesses the 3 C’s, caring, creative, and confident.  All of these great qualities are found in Lantern Light’s social worker, Catheryn Major.  Initially, Ms. Major joined the agency as an intern, and was later asked to join our staff upon obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She used her confidence and creativity to quickly learn the ins and outs of the organization, and with a caring heart, she has won the trust and admiration of the many guests for whom she provides various services to everyday.  Ms. Major is a true asset to Lantern Light and we applaud her efforts to help enhance, empower, and enrich the lives of the individuals that she serves.

Help Us Dress Our Guests For Success!

WhiteShirtBlack PantsLantern Light at the Rebuild Center is holding a Black and White clothing drive to help the homeless and less fortunate of our community with proper attire for interviews and employment. We are taking donations of new or slightly worn white dress shirts and black dress pants for men and women of all sizes.

You may drop off your donation at the Rebuild Center between 8:00 am and 2:30 pm.

The Summer Newsletter is here!

Click below to open/download a pdf of the Summer Newsletter.


Lantern Light Summer Newsletter

Lantern Light to Participate in GiveNOLA Day

GiveNOLA Day May 3, 2016For a decade Lantern Light Ministry has proudly served the homeless and less fortunate of New Orleans. Since that time, we have touched the lives of thousands of individuals and know that our success could not be possible without the support you have given to our organization over the years.

This year, Lantern Light at the Rebuild Center will participate in GiveNola Day on May 3, 2016. This fundraiser, which has been sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation for the past three years, enables individuals to support local nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. With the click of a button you can help Lantern Light continue to help individuals rise above the challenges of being homeless and overcome the obstacles of not having adquate means to feed their families.

Please help us spread the word about GiveNola Day by sharing this message with family and friends and ask them to support Lantern Light during this great fundraiser. Then make a donation to us by visiting https://givenola.org/npo/lantern-light-ministry anytime between midnight on May 3rd and midnight on May 4th, search for our nonprofit and click “Donate Now.” From now until midnight, every gift of $10 or more made to Lantern Light on GiveNOLA.org could help us win a $1,000 through Rock-Around-the-Clock, the randomly selected prize given each hour to any participating nonprofit that received a donation in that hour. We truly appreciate your continued support of this Ministry and know that you will help us to make this event a great success.

Winter 2015 News Letter

The Winter Newsletter has arrived. Click the image below to read the whole Newsletter.
Lantern Light Winter 2016 Newsletter

A Word from Sisters Enid and Vera


In 2005 we, five Presentation Sisters, under the auspices of the North American Conference of Presentation Sisters, began ministering to the poor and homeless of the city of New Orleans right after hurricane, Katrina. Presently for the past two years there are only two Sisters here, Sister Vera and I, Sister Enid.   We know well that things cannot remain the same forever. It was the decision of the Conference that we look for another way to continue the work that we began in 2005. During these past ten years we have built up a wonderful group of volunteers. We have established a Board of Trustees who has demonstrated that they hold Lantern Light’s future as a very important part of the future of New Orleans. Presently the Board has hired a new Director, Mrs. Kenitha Grooms-Williams. Ms. Beth Monahan has been hired as the Kitchen Coordinator.   We have been assisting in this transition.

If nothing ever changed there would be no Butterflies. . . . . . . . . .       butterflies

We believe that the Presentation Spirit will continue into the future here at Lantern Light through the laity.   As religious congregations begin to age they are finding what a rich resource there is in the laity of our church. It is now time to step aside and encourage the laity to take their place in the leadership in our church. They are our Butterflies. We are so proud of them. We thank you for your support in the past and we encourage you to continue your support of Lantern Light into the future. Your time, talent and financial support are so important to the future of Lantern Light.


Sisters Enid and Vera       

Sr. Vera and Kenitha Grooms-Williams comment on a looming cleanup sweep of nearby homeless encampments.

Sr. Vera and Kenitha Grooms-Williams were interviewed by Bill Capo of WWL TV regarding an upcoming cleanup sweep of nearby homeless encampments. Below is the news report.

Read the whole post here.

Rebuild Center Volunteer and Donor Reception

Rebuild Center Entrance
It was a beautiful night as Lantern Light held its Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Reception on Friday December 4, 2015 at the Rebuild Center. Guests were greeted by Sr. Enid as they arrived.

Sr. Enid Storey checking in guests.


   Lantern Light Volunteer and Donor Reception

Patrons sampled a variety of hors d’oeuvres as they mixed and mingled. We were graced by the attendance of Archbishop Gregory Aymond and other esteemed guests.


Archbishop Gregory Aymond visits with guests.

Judge Jay Zainey and wife Joy

Francis Bologna addresses the guestsLantern Light Board of Trustees president, Francis Bologna, began the evening’s presentation with the introduction of Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Archbishop Aymond then led us in prayer.

Archbishop Aymond leads everyone in prayor

Sr. Vera Butler addresses the guestsSr. Vera addressed the crowd and recounted the story of how Lantern Light came to be. Following the story of our founding, Sr. Vera introduced the new executive director of Lantern Light, Kenitha Grooms Williams. Kenitha then addressed the crowd and Francis reaffirmed the Board of Trustees’ confidence in Kenitha’s qualifications and dedication for her new role.

Sr. Vera Butler introduces new executive director Kenitha Grooms Williams

Kenitha Grooms Williams addresses the guests

Kenitha Grooms Williams addresses the guests

Board of Trustees President Francis Bologna reaffirms reaffirms the boards' confidence in Kenitha's qualifications and dedication for her new role

Volunteers were recognized for their contributions and Lantern Light committee members were introduced.

Volunteers were recognized for their contribution to the organization The kitchen committee, Donna Foley, Beth Monahan, and David Hardin are recognized

Artwork produced by Rebuild Center guests was on display and could be taken home as a memento by patrons for a donation. Each piece of artwork bore the name of a Rebuild Center guest to be held in prayer.

Rebuild Center guest artwork

Rebuild Center guest artwork Rebuild Center guest artwork

Rebuild Center guest artwork
At the end of the evening, a good time was had by all.
Rebuild Center guest artwork

Photography courtesy of The Red M Studio

#iGiveCatholic — Today is the Day!

Today is the day for #iGiveCatholic, The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans‘ first day of giving. Lantern Light is participating in this event too! If you’d like to participate, you may reach the Lantern Light donor page at this address:




View Srs. Vera and Enid’s appeal:

Srs. Vera and Enid on #iGiveCatholic from Marianne Sabrier on Vimeo.


To get an idea of the work performed at the Rebuild Center, enjoy the following video:


Rebuilding Lives from Marianne Sabrier on Vimeo.

Lantern Light to participate in #GivingTuesday through #iGiveCatholic

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Our Archbishop Gregory Aymond has the following message about #GivingTuesday:



This year, Lantern Light will participate in #GivingTuesday through The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New OrleansiGiveCatholic.org website.

From midnight until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, you may visit https://igivecatholic.org/#npo/lantern-light-inc to make a donation and help improve a life.

There is a minimum donation of $25. For smaller donations, you can visit our donations page and enter any amount you’d care to give. The Catholic Foundation will award prizes to parishes, schools, and nonprofits receiving the highest number of new donors. If you are new to Lantern Light Ministry or have never made a donation, there has never been a better time than #GivingTuesday.

What you can do today: Get the word out!

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We know giving is the ultimate expression of mercy as we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Then inspire others by telling everyone you can about how you are giving.

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