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Field Report: April at Eden House!

Spring at Eden House has been a bright one thus far.  We have celebrated major milestones, birthdays, and our wonderful volunteers!  I have been thinking a lot about leaps this month.  As I witness the ladies move through the phases of the Eden House program and as my own VISTA terms enters its final months, the idea of next steps and the unknown have been frequently on my mind.  A favorite phrase for Eden House meditation is “Leap and the net will appear.”  We don’t always know what is coming next, but the community of Eden House always operates with the belief that support will appear and the next step will be revealed.  We are big believers of putting our needs out into the universe and seeing what the universe brings back.  As one of the Alcoholics Anonymous slogans says, “Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.”  Here at Eden House and in my final months as a VISTA, I plan to continue taking my work “one day at a time.”

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The message on the card celebrating the six month anniversary of one of our residents coming into our program! In the words of this resident – “Eden House gives the best cards!”

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We love birthdays at Eden House! Thank you to our friends from Touro Synagogue and Perch for helping make our residents’ birthdays so special!

Want to support the work of Eden House?  We are thrilled to be participating in the first annual GiveNOLA Day on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.  Please join us during this 24 hour giving event sponsored by The Greater New Orleans Foundation! Each donation with be matched by GNOF.  Stayed tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks!
Click here for more information about GiveNOLA.

Specifics of Giving:

  • Minimum donation is $10
  • Donations must be received online through Eden House’s unique hyperlink on the GiveNOLA website
  • All donations will be proportionately matched by the Lagniappe Fund.
  • Prizes throughout the 24 hours: Most Money Raised, Most Unique Donors, Hourly $1,000 Prizes
  • Eden House will want to schedule at least one person to donate in each hour slot

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Here are some specific ways you can help Eden House during this day of giving! Help us to spread the word!

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Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? Thank you to all of our hardworking, reliable, and creative volunteers who donate their time and energy to helping us here at Eden House! Thanks especially to all our volunteers from our Gardening Day this past weekend!

Eden House: Healing from Human Trafficking

Eden House Board Member, John Krentel’s article, “Eden House: Healing from Human Trafficking,” was featured on the VS. Confronting Modern Slavery website. “Having successfully replicated Magdalene’s model for residential shelter in only twelve months (October 2011 to October 2012), Eden House is in a unique position to help others set up and launch similar programs for trafficking survivors across the country.” – John Krentel

Check out the rest of the article here.

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The residents enjoyed making dream catchers last week. Thank you to Nancy Rhett and Kaki Foley from To Be Continued for leading the workshop. If you’re interested in leading a workshop, please contact Helen at assistant@edenhousenola.org.

Join us for a tour of Eden House! Upcoming tour dates:
Wednesday, April 23rd
Wednesday, May 7th
Wednesday, May 21st
Wednesday, June 4th
All tours begin at 11:00 am.
Please RSVP to Helen at assistant@edenhousenola.org.



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