Lantern Light Ministry
Providing a place of peace, support, and encouragement to the working poor and homeless, in downtown New Orleans, as they rebuild their lives.
— Our Mission
. . . forever moving from despair to Hope!
— Our Vision
Dawn Busters Kiwanis: “Serving the Children of the World & Our Community”
For more than a decade the Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club and the Crescent City Eye Openers Kiwanis Club of New Orleans have volunteered at Lantern Light. Four Mondays a month, members from these organizations prepare and serve an average of 200 meals to individuals that come to our agency for lunch. Packed with great enthusiasm and lots of smiles, these men and women show up rain or shine and give our guests an opportunity to participate in a New Orleans’ tradition of eating red beans and rice on Mondays. Not only have the Dawn Busters contributed to our feeding program for many years, but they have also supported our fundraisers, including our Fish Fry and first annual Gala. During our second annual Gala, our organization will be honoring Mickey Palmisano, a former board member and member of the Dawn Busters Kiwanis. Mickey’s relationship began with our agency through their feeding program on Mondays and like many of the members, he was willing to share his gifts and talents wherever needed to serve the guests of Lantern Light. The Dawn Busters have been a staple in the Greater New Orleans area for over 40 years and coordinate activities and programs that serve homeless individuals, youth and adults with disabilities. To learn more about the Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club and the great work they do visit https://www.dawnbusters.org/.
"Knowing our guests receive at least one hot meal a day nourishes my soul."
David Hardin Kitchen Volunteer
"Being at Lantern Light has helped me more than I have helped the guests. I truly feel a spiritual connection with each person I see daily. It makes me more humble and I hope I'm giving off the same vibes."
Donna Foley Food Pantry Coordinator
"Greeting the guests as they arrive brings joy to my day!"
Elaine Bergeron Kiosk Volunteer
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Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; Together, we can do so much.” As a ministry that has been providing services for the Greater New Orleans area for over a decade, Lantern Light understands the power of working together. As we approach the end of another school year, we want to express our thanks to the administration, staff and students from several schools who helped us in various ways to provide meals and other essentials to the homeless and less fortunate. We are especially grateful to students from several schools who supported our agency since the beginning of this year. We salute their efforts and know that with their continued support, we will have a better tomorrow.
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