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Field Placement- Eden House: A Year in Review

Looking back on 2014, I feel so proud to have been a part of the staff at Eden House. Some of our highlights include:

  • Our house was painted and weatherized thanks to Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Entergy, and over 200 volunteers from Shell, Junior League-New Orleans, Federal Bar Association, Aspire Group, Benenson Strategy Group, Butler University, and Chapman University!
  • Gov. Jindal passed legislation to protect victims of human trafficking.
  • Eden House was awarded a $400,000 Capital Outlay to purchase our home.
  • Hosted a successful happy hour at EIFFEL Society.
  • Had our 3rd Annual Eden House Fundraiser at the Audubon Tea Room.
  • Celebrated our 2nd anniversary!
  • Eden House Co-Founder and Executive Director was interviewed on the Katie Couric show.
  • Eden House residents have participated in job skill training courses and some have been hired for full time jobs.
  • Eden House’s first graduate will graduate in Spring 2015.
  • Our staff has provided over 60 women resources and counseling.

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I am also thrilled to welcome a group of 6 undergraduate interns and 3 social work interns to Eden House for the 2015 Spring Semester. With additional help from these bright young women, the Eden House staff is able to accomplish so much more. During their orientation with our volunteer psychiatrist, Dr. Vivienne Hayne, I could already tell that these interns had arrived at Eden House with curiosity, passion, and a willingness to help the Eden House community.

As we head into 2015, I am confident that this year will hold many other incredible accomplishments as our program continues to develop and serve women who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking.



This entry was posted on January 21, 2015 by in VISTA Field Reports.



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