December 29, 2021
The latest news from Eden House...
2021 In Review
Another year has passed and the future is looking
bright for Eden House and the women we serve!

This year has brought many reminders of why Eden House is here and
why our staff, volunteers, interns, and community members work so
hard for our mission.

From continuing to keep our residents healthy and safe from Covid-19 to Hurricane Ida forcing our residents to temporarily leave their beloved home, this year has thrown a few curve balls our way. Despite these challenges, we've reached the end of 2021 feeling encouraged, grateful, and stronger than ever.

As always, we extend our deepest gratitude to the organizations and individuals who support our work and the incredible women of Eden House!
In 2021 we...
...Welcomed New Staff Members
Peggy Babin,
Taylor Pillow,
Meg Wilder
2021 was a year of growth for Eden House!
We welcomed a few new members into the family; Board Member, Peggy Babin, as our Interim Executive Director, Taylor Pillow as our Interim Assistant Executive Director, and Meg Wilder as our Program Assistant.
...Celebrated a Graduation

In September we had the
pleasure of celebrating a graduation at Eden House!

Family, friends, Eden House staff, and supporters attended a touching ceremony held at Christ Church Cathedral where Precious was presented with her hard earned graduation certificate. Precious is now living in her very own apartment, furnished with donations from our incredible supporters!

Photo Right: Precious poses with Evie, the Eden House therapy dog, in their matching graduation gowns.
...Held our 3rd Annual
Building Dreams Gala
Building Dreams 2021 was an elegant Fall fiesta held at the beautiful Il Mercato on Magazine St. Guests enjoyed live music, delicious food and drink, and generously supported our women and our mission.
Kenneth Polite Jr., U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, emphasized the importance of fighting human trafficking during his keynote address.
Eden House staff member, Maxine Kimbrell, a Building Dreams volunteer,
Eden House Board Member, Susie Allen, and her husband, Dr. Richard Dicarlo, pose beside a "Survivor Services Auction Board".
Mark Romig, who assisted with our live auction,
poses with Eden House volunteers, Charlyn Myers and Gay Ford.
...Worked Toward
Recovering from Hurricane Ida
Hurricane Ida was possibly the biggest challenge we faced this year.

Like many in Southeast Louisiana, we were faced with repairing roofs, downed fences, and broken windows at our two survivor residences. Despite this, we are grateful beyond measure for the community members and service providers in Mobile, Alabama including PASCO Recovery Home for Women, Eye Heart World, Moffett Road Baptist Church, and Kathy and Todd Rowland who provided temporary housing, daily theraputic activites, meals, and so much more for our residents during their displacement.

If you would like to aid Eden House in repairing hurricane damage to our two residences, please click the donate button below or contact our staff at
504-407-0943 to learn how else you may assist with hurricane recovery.
...Introduced a Brand New
Survivor Made Product Line!

This year, Especially Eden introduced a new line of survivor made products!

Our residents have loved the opportunity to get creative and work with their hands to produce beautiful pieces of jewelry with a purpose.

Especially Eden plans to bring you even more survivor made goods in 2022, so keep in touch to see what's new in store!

Make sure to follow @especiallyedennola on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates on sales, promotions, and new products!
...Hosted Some Incredible Volunteers
Volunteers from the Tulane Global Scholars Program spent their service day at Eden House making our survivor residences safer and more beautiful!
The Sisters of St. Joseph have made a huge difference in the lives of our survivors this year! They have provided much needed in-kind donations, as well as their time and delightful company to our women.
YLC Assists volunteers painted a resident's bedroom this year! Having a pleasant and safe space to relax can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing. Thank you for your help!
Thank you to every single volunteer who donated their
skills, time, and generosity of spirit to Eden House in 2021!
...And, as always, continued to create systemic change through: ​youth prevention; education and legislative advocacy; and recovery and reentry services for victims, including
long-term shelter.
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