Lantern Light Ministry
Lantern Light is currently providing the following services on a regular basis in the St. Joseph Church’s parking lot due to COVID-19:
Lunch is served from 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm.
Groceries are distributed through our food bank on the first and third Friday of each month, 9:30am – 10:00am.
Mail is distributed to registered guests on Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:00pm – 1:30pm.
Please contact us at (504) 273-5573, Ext. 115 for details about additional services provided by Lantern Light.
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
"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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News from Lantern Light
As we approach the holiday season and the end of 2020, we eagerly await the hope of new beginnings in 2021. This time of the year is customarily met with lines at the grocery stores, malls filled with jovial shoppers, and homes adorned with holiday décor waiting to host relatives who traveled near and far. However, as we move towards Thanksgiving, we are reminded that we are in the midst of a “new normal.” Now, our groceries are being delivered, the idea of exchanging gifts is almost an afterthought, and our homes serve as a safe zone to isolate and protect us from the pandemic that has forever changed our lives. While we sit in the reality of what today brings, I encourage you to stand in the hope of a brighter tomorrow and choose to give thanks during this Thanksgiving.
There are so many things we can all be thankful for despite the uncertainty that we may feel at this time, and I’d like to share just a few. As a citizen of New Orleans I am giving thanks this year because our city endeavored through a record number of potential hurricanes that could have devastated our community and the surrounding area. As a social worker, I am giving thanks that a large number of guests were housed this year in an effort to reduce the number of homeless individuals during this pandemic. As the executive director of Lantern Light, I am giving thanks that we have been able to continue serving our guests and employing our staff through the continued support of our donors. While these are only a small representation of the many reasons why I am thankful in this season, I implore you to reflect on what you can give thanks for.
“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” Shauna Niequist