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.
"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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Recent Blog Posts
As many gather around the dining table to share in a holiday meal, indulge in the opening of presents around the family Christmas tree, or share in the tradition of annual New Year’s Eve gathering, it is with a spirit of thanks and goodwill to all that I ask you to remember those in need during this holiday season.
The word “need” denotes that there is a thing that is necessary or wanted. At some point in time, we all have a need in our lives, but we often negate to put ourselves in the same position as those we consider to be “in need.” Let us remember that the elderly person in the line at the grocery store who lives alone, the young individual holding a sign a the stop light that we anxiously wait to pass up, or the lady that stands near the door of the restaurant asking for food, are often in search of that same “need” that we may be longing for. An opportunity, a word of compassion, or a simple smile could all be considered a need that we can benefit from as one to receive or give. So as you forge into the new year, and you remember those in need, be encouraged that if you can find a way to feed your “need,” there are simple things you can do to help others do the same.
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