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


Willwoods Community: “Called to Serve”

In the Willwoods Community prayer, beautifully written by Paul and Jane Nalty, we are called to minister the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Over the past year, members of the Willwoods Community have put our faith and works of mercy into action. Once a month the Willwoods Community staff cooks a hot meal and feeds lunch to over 230 of our city’s homeless population at Lantern Light at the Rebuild Center. Head Chef Wayne Mayeux, Sous Chef Jim Dotson, staff and volunteers serve up a delicious meal of pasta with meat sauce, salad and dessert that tastes as good as any dish on the menu at many local restaurants.  “Food is a basic human need that we all need to survive”, said volunteer server Stan Gelpi. “Feeding the hungry helps provide the needed nourishment not only for the body, but the mind and soul. I am grateful to be able to assist Willwoods in this outreach activity.”  The Willwoods Community feeds the homeless on the third Friday of each month. If you would like to volunteer please contact our office at 504-830-3700.



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Become a volunteer

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Donate to our Feeding Programs

We provide meals for the homeless and low income families of our community

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Support our `Black and White` Clothing Drive

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