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Field Report: Eden House Does the Winter Months!

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Mardi Gras 2013 — Here we go Mardi Gras 2014!!!

The end of January and beginning of February have been hectic, but eventful ones for Eden House. As a New Orleans’ version of “snowpocalypse” came down on the city and we closed for two working “snow days,” Eden House received a call from the Producers of Katie Couric’s show asking if our Executive Director, Kara Van de Carr would come on to speak about human trafficking. With fingers crossed that the airports would reopen, Kara flew up to New York City to be interviewed. The interview was a roaring success and the staff and residents of Eden House gathered in the living room to see our Kara on live TV! To view Kara’s segment of the show visit here.

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Eden House Executive Director, Kara Van de Carr with Katie Couric

The press has kept steady from there! Kara and Eden House’s Resident Director, Clemmie Greenlee were interviewed by New Orlean’s  Garland Robinette on his radio show on WWL, again bringing this issue to light to the New Orleans community. To hear that interview please visit here.

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Eden House Executive Director, Kara Van de Carr and Resident Director, Clemmie Greenlee at a presentation about human trafficking sponsored by Daughters of Charity and Delta Sigma Theta

The beautiful Clemmie Greenlee was also interviewed by the International Business Times. I want to take a minute and thank Clemmie for being there for me every day as a source of love, strength, and humor. Her petite self packs a mighty punch and she is always available for a hug and a high five. Her voice and distinct laughter fill Eden House to the brim and I have been blessed to work with her. She is a true inspiration and a tangible example of love’s healing powers. As Clemmie herself says in this article, “That’s why I’m hoping that my hope, my strength and my courage keep on going, ’cause it makes me feel like I’m saving those eight girls that nobody came to save.” And I am lucky enough to witness that determination and love everyday. To read more visit here.

Ways to support Eden House!

  • Shop for a cause! 20% of the retail sales from this Stella & Dot online trunk show will be donated to Eden House and every online order will be placed into a drawing for an item the Stella & Dot Spring Collection! Please shop and share this event with your friends!!
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Volunteer Clean Up Day! Eden House is hosting a clean up day on February 15th from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. There will be various projects for volunteers to work on around the house and in the backyard. There will also be a tour of Eden House taking place from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. (Please note: our usual tours are Wednesdays at 11am, so please RSVP for this tour if you cannot make our usual tours) If you are interested in volunteering or taking a tour and would like more information, please contact Helen at assistant@edenhousenola.org
  • DONATE for Mardi Gras! – Eden House is asking for donations of traditional Mardi Gras food (red beans and rice, king cake, mock-tails, etc.) and decorations for our residents throughout the Carnival season. If you are interested in donating food or decorations, please contact Helen at assistant@edenhousenola.org
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  • VOLUNTEER – Have a particular skill set or knowledge base you would like to share with Eden House? Contact Helen at assistant@edenhousenola.org to learn about how to get involved and share your talents with us!
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Thank you to Nancy Rhett from To Be Continued Accessories for teaching the Eden House ladies how to knit!

Eden House is a groundbreaking non-profit facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, offering long-term housing and services to survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. We are the first of our kind in the state of Louisiana. Our two-year residential program offers a holistic approach to recovery including outreach, housing, food, mental and physical healthcare, job training, education, and spiritual support. Eden House offers survivors a safe place to dream and overcome their pasts, while developing substantive skills to move forward in their lives and become self-sufficient, flourishing members of society. 

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