Travelers Aid Society is committed to preventing homelessness and to helping homeless or stranded families and individuals regain a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I’m extremely honored and excited to serve as the new Executive Director of the Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans. To be a part of an agency with 160-year legacy of service is both humbling and inspiring. In my first weeks in this new role, I have spent time with staff, board members and clients learning about the history and work of the agency. The people who lead this organization are passionate, driven and talented individuals who love this community and want to see its citizens prosper and thrive. The work of the Traveler’s Aid Society– to prevent homelessness and to help homeless or stranded families and individuals regain a self-sufficient lifestyle- is critical to eradicating poverty in our community and all over the world.
Here at the Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans we support individuals during some of life’s darkest moments and hardest challenges. From emergency shelter and crisis counseling to providing a meal to someone who’s hungry, we create a safe place for our citizens and give them the strength they need to move past these challenges. After working with our social workers one client stated, “I’m destined for greater things than being homeless.” This client’s feeling of hope and strong determination to better their life, drives me in my new role. It shows just how critical this organization is to the well-being of New Orleans’s vulnerable citizens.
I have spent my career in the nonprofit industry working for better education and programming for Louisiana’s children and families. It is my strong belief that if every individual is given access to the right tools, we can eliminate homelessness, poverty and educational barriers for our vulnerable communities. I’m proud of the Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans and thankful to be welcomed to this great team.
Donna Paramore CFRE
When I first met SL in the Downtown Public Library, he whispered to me across a crowded room near the circulation stacks, “I’m ready to change my life”. SL was facing daily challenges because he was trying to maintain a steady job as a professional mover, while sleeping under bridges and in public parks. SL told me that he had been homeless all summer, and that he was “tired an worn-out” from the constant instability of his life at the time. After a quick assessment (during which we discussed his employment & desired housing situation), I referred SL to the Rapid Re-Entry Housing Program at Travelers Aid Society. During his two weeks of appointments I encouraged him to. . .
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