June 3rd, 2022
The latest news from Eden House...
Survivors Speak Out at Awareness Summit Hosted by First Lady Donna Edwards
Last month, Eden House staff and friends of Eden House attended an Awareness Summit held by the National Coalition for the Prevention of Human Sex Trafficking (NCPHST) at the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans. The event, hosted by First Lady Donna Edwards and the Louisiana First Foundation, shined a light on human sex trafficking with the goal of eliminating its scourge on humanity in our state.

A current resident of Eden House bravely gave a moving speech at the event, in which she told her story as a survivor and advocated for immediate change in our state. Clemmie Greenlee, a survivor and graduate of Eden House's sister program Thistle Farms in Nashville, also gave an inspiring speech at the event. Clemmie was foundational to starting Eden House and worked until April 2014 as a live-in mentor for our residents. We are proud of these survivors for speaking their truth and using their voices to make a positive change!
Left to right: Eden House Advisory Board Member, Natalie LaBorde, Eden House President and Co-Founder, Kara Van de Carr, and survivor Clemmie Greenlee attend the Awareness Summit.
URGENT NEED: Upgrading your kitchen? Moving? Have a fridge you want out of your house? Let us take it off your hands! Eden House is in desperate need of 3 full-size fridges for our residences as our houses are filling up and our refrigerators are overloaded. In addition, two fridges are broken and cannot be repaired.
Call (504) 407-0943 or email info@edenhousenola.org!
Thank you For Making GiveNOLA 2022 a Huge Success!
Summertime Fun!

Residents and staff had so much fun at our annual crawfish boil last month!

Special thank you to Eden House Interim Executive Director Peggy Babin for making this possible!
We'll miss you, Maxine!
Eden House's dedicated Program Director since 2014, Maxine Kimbrell, will be taking a step back as she moves to part-time remote work. Maxine will continue to lend her talents to Eden House by assisting with grant writing and preparations for the opening of our forthcoming Emergency Shelter, which will begin renovations in Summer 2022!

Maxine has been a social worker for over 30 years and has brought to Eden House a commitment to quality programming and to compassionate, personalized care for the residents. We already miss her presence at the house! Thank you, Maxine, for your years of service to Eden House!
Collecting Donations for Emergency Shelter
Eden House will soon expand our services to include an Emergency Shelter, where Eden House will provide short-term emergency housing and services for human trafficking victims who need immediate assistance in the Greater New Orleans area. This will be the only emergency shelter in our region designed specifically for adult victims of human trafficking.

In order to open the much-needed Emergency Shelter, we need YOUR help! Please consider making a donation to help support the opening of this essential service for survivors in New Orleans!

If you are able to donate any of the needed items below, please call Eden House at (504) 407-0943 or email info@edenhousenola.org.
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Bleach
  • Stain removers

  • Fridge
  • Toaster oven 
  • Two-shelf rolling cart
  • Paper towel holder
  • Large trash can
  • Plates, bowls, cups and silverware
  • Coffee mugs 

Living Area:
  • Coffee table
  • Lamp
  • Rug
  • Sofa

Staff Offices:
  • Sofa bed 
  • (5) Desks
  • (5) Office chairs
  • (5) Small trash cans
  • Small storage locker
  • Mini fridge
  • Curtains/Blinds

Group Therapy Room:
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Cabinet
  • Bookshelf
  • Whiteboard
Bedrooms (9 of everything):
  • Sink
  • TV
  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Box spring
  • Curtains (2 per room)
  • Blinds
  • Sheets 
  • Comforters
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases 
  • Small trash cans
  • Bedside table
  • Lamps
  • Small desk
  • Desk chair
  • Small whiteboard for door
  • Hangers
  • Laundry baskets

  • Bath mats
  • Toilet paper
  • Air freshener

Welcome baskets:
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Face towels
  • Shampoo/conditioner 
  • Body wash 
  • Hand soap
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Hairbrushes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
We are also in dire need of 2 permanent installed generators. Without a generator, Eden House must evacuate our residents in the event of an extended power outage. So many of us have experienced evacuation and understand the trials and tribulations of having to do so. But try finding a place for 16 residents to go, finding transportation to get them to that destination, transporting them along in evacuation traffic, cleaning out 8 refrigerators before leaving or when returning, finding a way to get Medicaid prescriptions filled in another state (impossible) and so much more. Not to even speak of the fact that all these residents are already dealing with serious trauma and the move away from routine and safety into an unknown situation immensely exacerbates the trauma. We really need and would so appreciate those generators!
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