Lantern Light Ministry
Since the end March, Lantern Light has united with several other organizations in an effort to continue its service to those in need, while providing a safer and more efficient way to fight hunger. Recognizing the demand to continue feeding programs, as well as the need for adequate space, Lantern Light joined forces with Grace at the Green Light, St. Jude Community Center, Ozanam Inn, the Homeless Unit of the Police Department which includes BB St. Roman and Sam Scaffidi, as well as Robyn Burchfield with New Orleans EMS, to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner in the St. Joseph Church’s parking lot. This initiative provided an opportunity for our organization to assist three other non-profits in providing meals to the homeless in a safe environment and maintain one of our most vulnerable populations to follow the proper guidelines for social distancing. While our most important function was to give them a space to serve their meals, we also continued to provide items that were packed into snack bags and water when needed on site.
Lantern Light has also continued its partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church’s, Fishes and Loaves Ministry, who has assisted our agency in providing and serving a morning snack for over five years.
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
Through the efforts of volunteer Ben Nobles, we were able to provide over 1,000 meals to individuals who could not reach our location and dwelled in areas of the city that were heavily populated by unsheltered individuals. Further, we have maintained our food bank distribution to our standard recipients via delivery service and onsite.
We are thankful to our partners who relocated their programs to our site for more than a month and we extend a special thank you to World Central Kitchen for provided funding for lunches to Grace at the Green Light, 12 Seasons Catering who prepared lunches, and St. Joseph Catholic Church for use of their parking lot. As the City of New Orleans evaluates whether they will suspend or extend the stay at home order, Lantern Light is currently working to formulate a plan to resume our lunch program independent of the collaboration. We truly appreciate your contributions towards our feeding programs and look forward to sharing how we will work feed those in need in a safe and efficient manner. We also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Greater New Orleans Foundation who provided our organization with a $5,000.00 grant to continue our efforts to fight hunger.
. . . forever moving from despair to Hope!
— Our Vision
Thank You Volunteers!
Since the city of New Orleans has instituted a stay at home order as a result of the effects of COVID-19, Lantern Light has tried to maintain essential services with the assistance of a limited number of volunteers. There have been two volunteers that have been instrumental in assisting our staff in providing our services. Not only do we appreciate the years of devotion and dedication that they have given to our ministry, but we celebrate the quiet heroism displayed as they serve during these difficult times.
Donna Foley, a longtime volunteer and board member, has been a part of Lantern Light for more than 10 years. Ms. Foley met Sisters Anna, Enid and Vera while attending church and decided to volunteer with the ministry’s feeding programs. As the current food bank coordinator, she helps to coordinate our inventory of food and toiletry items, assists in ordering needed items, packs and distributes donations to our food bank clients, and provides monthly reports to Second Harvest. While Ms. Foley has committed to ensuring that we can continue to distribute groceries, she has also assisted us in packing daily meals for the unsheltered.
George Arzuaga, has been a volunteer throughout St. Joseph Church parish and Lantern Light ever since relocating to New Orleans more than three years ago. Mr. Arzuaga has volunteered in various capacities including greeting guests in the Center’s kiosk, assisting with coordinating the lines during meals, and packing and distributing the morning snack and lunch. Over the past month, Mr. Arzuaga has offered his assistance to help maintain social distancing among our guests during the serving of meals and distribution of groceries and mail.
Lantern Light salutes our two special volunteers and recognizes that the most important part of our work could not be successful without the contributions of their time, talent and treasures. We extend a great big THANK YOU to them both and wishes of continued blessings. We also ask that you join us in sending prayers to Mr. Arzuaga who recently suffered a medical emergency.
With Warmest Regards,
The Board and Staff of Lantern Light
"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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A Celebration of Life in memory of Verna Juneau Caliva
Verna Juneau Caliva was born on November 8, 1917 in Moreauville, Louisiana. She was one of eleven children born to Linus & Oline Juneau. Verna moved to New Orleans after graduating from high school to attend Hotel Dieu School of Nursing. She was a nurse for more than fifty years and was always willing to help others in need. She was a woman of great faith and compassion, was a wonderful cook, avid gardener, and she loved to read. Above all, she cherished her time with her family, especially her grandchildren. For the last eight years, she was a resident at Chateau de Notre Dame.
Mrs. Caliva’s daughter, Mrs. Vernel Schedler is a volunteer at Lantern Light and wishes for donations to be made to Lantern Light in memory of her mom. If you would like to make a donation, please click the donate now button at the top of the page and be sure to indicate that your donation is in memory/honor of Mrs. Caliva.
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