Lantern Light Ministry

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Services suspended Noon – 1:30 p.m. for lunch


  • Birth Certificate Assistance-
    Mondays Only – Be in line by 7:45 a.m. Interviews begin a t 8:05 a.m. Assistance provided to obtain a Louisiana Identification  Card or for a housing program.  Guests must provide documentation to support need as well as a homeless letter.  Please note that out of state BCs can take as long a s 6 – 8 weeks. 8 requests allowed each Monday.  2 requests allowed per family.
  • ID Assistance
    Tuesdays Only – Be in line no later than 7:30 a.m.  Interviews begin at 8:05 a.m.  10 spots available through a lottery.  Assistance provided to renew expired I.D.s or to obtain a LA I.D. for the first time from agency.  Guests must provide a homeless letter and proof of expired I.D. Assistance to obtain permanent resident cards and work visas also available.
  • Lunch
    Be inside our gate by 12:40 p.m.  Lunch served promptly at 1:00 p.m. (number capped at 235) Food will be distributed until 1:30 p.m.
  • Prescription Assistance 
    Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Guests must provide original prescription and homeless letter to receive referral.
  • Mail
    Monday – Friday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (must have an ID to register/check mail)
  • Notary Services
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
  • Emergency financial assistance 
    For people who live within the boundaries of St. Joseph Church
    Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Must have ID, proof of income, proof of address)
  • Groceries for area residents
    For people who live within the boundaries of St. Joseph Church
    Thursdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Must have ID, proof of income, proof of address)
  • Food Stamp (SNAP)/Medicaid Application Assistance
    Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Employment Assistance
    Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Case Management Assistance 
    Individuals can meet with Social Worker to obtain resources that will benefit their specific needs Monday- Friday 10:00 a.m. – Noon