Of the 369,250 residents of New Orleans, almost 7,000 are homeless and twice that number meet HUD’s definition of homelessness. The lack of affordable housing, domestic violence and disabilities such as mental health/substance abuse contribute to the cycle of chronic homelessness in New Orleans.
Grace at The Green Light is a 501c3 that has been hard at work changing the culture of our great city since June 1st, 2014. Every day, its mission is to provide care for the people who need it the most. We’ve all seen someone down and out looking for a little hope at the green lights, and as we speed away to our lives, they’re still there. Grace at The Green Light hopes to provide essentials to not only help New Orleans homeless, but to show them there are people out there who do care about them.
Our MBLB team joined in that mission for our first annual Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” Working with other volunteers and staff at Grace at the Green Light, our team helped to serve 112 homeless people a hot breakfast, cleaned and painted the dining room and donated and sorted clothing.