Habitat for Humanity “First Time Home Buyers Program”

Paying too much for rent?

Homeowners needed! 

Informational Meeting

Tuesday, October 1st

10:30 Am

Latino Farmers Cooperative

215 North Jefferson Davis Parkway

New Orleans, LA 70119


Come learn about our

First Time Home Buyers Program


New or renovated home with a first mortgage of 80k

0% interest home loan 

No financial down payment


Questions? Contact Mary Ellen at Habitat for Humanity — 504-609-3343

“Third Annual Que Pasa Fest 2013 to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in October”

For Immediate Release

September 16, 2013

Brenda Melara


Que Pasa Fest

Phone: 504.615.9070

Javier Olondo

Phone: 504.905.6925

“Third Annual Que Pasa Fest 2013 to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in October”


 Kenner, LA–Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) and Hispanic Flavor Productions are proud to announce the Third Annual Que Pasa Fest 2013. The festival is an extension of the Latin bilingual cultural show, “¿Que Pasa New Orleans?”  and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month highlighting exciting Latin music and Hispanic heritage and culture. Que Pasa Fest 2013 will be a six day festival filled with music and dance and will be held at various locations throughout the Metro area. The FREE outdoor fest on Saturday, October 12, at Lafreniere Park, is the main event for the whole family.  This year Amanda Shaw joins the celebration to highlight her Latin roots. Karma, a non-Latino group, will hold a tribute to many well-known Latino artists and local Latin groups Sensacion and Rumba Buena will be performing their tropical rhythms live. For the first time, QPF welcomes a group from Honduras, Los Silver Star. They are an internationally acclaimed act that has shared its signature sound to audiences around the world.


For festival goers, there will be food, drinks, dancing, community outreach, Zumba and children’s activities, including picture opportunities with Dora and Elmo! Que Pasa Festivities will begin Tuesday, October 8 and go through Sunday, October 13, 2013throughout the area. All festivities, with the exception of one, are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, schedules and a list of sponsors, visit www.QuePasaFest.com.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.


A schedule of festivities is as follows: (subject to change)


Tuesday Oct. 8

Media Night


Chilangos Seafood Restaurant: DeBango Excellence in the Arts Award presented to 2013 recipient, (TBA). Presentation of the Que Pasa Fest 2013 official poster by Javier Rodriguez.—Free Admission


Wednesday Oct. 9


University of New Orleans (UC Ballroom): Our Folkloric Dances—Free Admission


Thursday Oct. 10


Tulane University, Dixon Hall/Dixon Annex: Classical music concert. –Free Admission 


Friday Oct. 11


Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill:  AsheSon at 10:30pm—Free Admission



Maison: Special musical guest plus your favorite DJs.—Free Admission


Saturday, Oct. 12


Family Day

Lafreniere Park: Treat the whole family to a fun-filled day of music, food and entertainment. –Free Admission


Scheduled to appear: Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Rumba Buena, Karma, Sensacion, the internationally renowned group Los Silver Star from Honduras and many more!!


Club Silhouette: Salsa dance competition by Liquid Rhythm Inc.—$10 per person

*Event in partnership with Que Pasa Fest 2013


Sunday, Oct. 13


Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill: Closing act with a lot of the different musicians and artists participating in the festivities. —Free Admission


More about the presenters:


Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte was created in 1980 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with the mission to promote modern and classical Hispanic arts and cultural traditions. This includes music, dance, literature, fine arts, and culinary arts, among others. Cervantes has had a major impact in the Hispanic community and the Louisiana community in general.


Hispanic Flavor Productions was created in 2007. The goal is to enhance and enrich the Hispanic culture and traditions by creating diverse events such as festivals, classical music concerts, art exhibits, music conferences, among other events. Some past and present productions by Hispanic Flavor include, ―Que Pasa New Orleans TV show on Telemundo and WDSU 6, Buena Vista Social at Maison, Sociedad Española Celebration, Que Pasa Night, Fiesta de Independencia de Centro America, Havana Nights, Mojitos at Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill, and España! Classical music concert, among others.


“¿Que Pasa New Orleans?” is a television show that airs on Telemundo in New Orleans (T42) in Spanish and on WDSU 6 in English. It is a dynamic, informative, cultural program that airs every week. In each episode, the hosts guide the viewer to the exciting multicultural events in and around New Orleans: music, food, festivals, restaurants, art galleries, sports, events and more. The show introduces the viewer to the movers and shakers of the cultural scene: artists, musicians, local business owners, chefs, actors and characters that make New Orleans an exciting place to live!




McFarland Institute Congregational Wellness E-Newsletter


rē-`mēd-ē-um: any form of treatment for the health of the spirit, mind & body
The McFarland Institute Congregational Wellness E-newsletter

September 2013

Congregational Wellness (CW) invites all wellness ministry leaders to the Quarter- ly Wellness Ministry Meeting on Saturday September 7 at New Hope Baptist Church lo- cated at 1807 LaSalle St. New Orleans, LA, from 9:30 am to 12 pm. A continuing educa- tion presentation, “Increasing Access to Care in the Faith Communities of New Or- leans”, will be offered. Registered nurses are eligible to obtain 1.5 continuing education (CE) hours. Please RSVP to Peggy Day at 504- 593-2363 or pday@bcm.org

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hosting its first-ever Blood Cancer Con- ference on September 28, 2013, at the Hilton Riverside, New Orleans. There is no cost to attend. The target audience is anyone living with or beyond a blood cancer diagnosis, or persons who would like to learn more about blood cancer; a dual track will be offered for 4.0 CE (continuing education) units to nurses and social workers. Attached is the conference brochure and information can also be found on its website http://www.lls.org/msla.

Staff Directory
For faster response, please call the following direct numbers:
Frances Hawkins, Vice President 504-593-2354
Vanessa County, Program Manager 504-593-2348
Lisa Collins, Lay Health Coordinator 504-593-2330
Ruth Mack, Nurse Coordinator 504-593-2339
Rosa Herrin, Data Analyst
Peggy Day, Administrative Assistant 504-593-2363

STAR Project
Strategies to Trim and Reduce
Congregational Wellness will be offering Train the Trainer sessions on No- vember 1 and 2, 2013. For more information contact Vanessa County at vcounty@bcm.org

Aim for 30 minutes. Moderate-intensity exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes every week is a great way to lower your risk of heart disease. You can even try breaking up your workout into 10-minute intervals throughout your day. If you don’t want to go to the gym, try taking a brisk walk around your neighborhood or at your local mall to kick off your new fitness habit.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Accessed August 26, 2013) http://www.cdc.gov/salt/healthy_heart_tips.htm

School Health Connection (SHC), a program of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, pro- vides leadership and coordination to promote healthy school communities and access to health services so that children and youth in the Greater New Orleans area can reach their full potential. SHC’s goal is to improve overall health of students and school communities. SHC provides support and technical assistance to school-based health centers in the greater New Orleans area. In addition, SHC works with schools in Orleans Parish to develop compre- hensive school wellness programs. To contact School Health Connection, call 504-301-9800 or email schoolhealth@lphi.org.
MAP (Media Advocates for Prevention) is a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adapted from the evidence-based Community PROMISE mod- el. MAP works with a group of Peer Advocates (PAs) ages 15-18 to develop HIV prevention messages for youth in New Orleans. MAP is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 cohort from 15-18 year olds with an interest in HIV prevention. Please contact Melanie Powers at mpowers@iwesnola.org for more infor- mation.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center invites you to a Workplace Wellness Luncheon on the last Thursday of each month from 12 to 1:30 pm at 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Speakers with expertise in various health relat- ed topics share information with the community to promote healthy living. Topics covered have included the benefits of drinking water, growing your own food, canning, proper eating habits, laughter, good dental health, care-giving, the new health laws and more. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to (504) 569-9070.

This electronic newsletter is distributed on the 1st business day of each month. If there are any events or resources that you would like to suggest for us to include, please send them to Rosa Herrin at rherrin@bcm.org by the 20th.  Questions or comments? E-mail us at rherrin@bcm.org or call 504-593-2350. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues.

YLC One Book One New Orleans 2013 Events

One Book One New Orleans Kick Off

September 18, 2013 6:00 pm

September 18, 2013 9:00 pm


Marigny Opera House
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725 St Ferdinand St, New Orleans, LA, 70117,Select a Country:

One Book One New Orleans is excited to announce that this year’s book is Erna Brodber’s Louisiana, which explores the power of the past to live in the present. We invite you to help us kick off our reading period with ”A Night of Music & Mysticism” on Wednesday, September 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House. This event will feature Caribbean-inspired dishes and “mocktails” as well as entertainment by Cinnamon Black. Join us for the evening and learn more about One Book One New Orleans. Please RSVP for this event here. Questions? Email us at onebooknola@gmail.com.

This event is open to the community, please invite your friends.

Please let us know you are coming, RSVP here.



One Book Kick Off Party
September 18, 6 – 9 pm
Marigny Opera House, 725 Saint Ferdinand

Panel Discussion feat. Scholars & Practicioners
October 2, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University 7 McAlister Drive

Community book discussion
October 24, 6 – 8 pm,
Will W. Alexander Library, Dillard University 2601 Gentilly Blvd

A Young Professional Happy Hour
November 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gasa Gasa, 4920 Freret St.
Admission fee: Book donation

Volunteer Books 2 Prisoners Packing Party
November 10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm YLC Headquarters, 1840 Euterpe St.

A Reading by Author, Erna Brodber
November 21, 6 pm
Convocation Center Annex, Room 111, Xavier University

One Book One New Orleans Finale
December 4, 6 – 9 pm
Cafe Reconcile, 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

WRBH 88.3 – Reading Radio will air readings of Louisiana on weekdays beginning Monday, Sept. 30 with a final airing Monday, Oct. 7th. All shows will air at 11 a.m. with repeat broadcasts at 10 p.m.

STAND for Children – Open Position

Postion:                          Jefferson Organizer
Reports To:                   Jefferson Director
Location:                       Jefferson, Louisiana
Position Available:     Immediately (start date flexible)

Stand for Children – a bold independent voice for public education reform – seeks an exceptional, driven individual to help build and maintain the Jefferson chapter for its state affiliate in Louisiana.

Stand for Children is a powerful voice for students. Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To date, Stand for Children’s eleven state affiliates (AZ, CO, IL, IN, LA, MA, OK, OR, TN, TX, and WA) have impacted the lives of millions of children through their state and district level work.

The Stand for Children family consists of two separate organizations—Stand for Children, a grassroots membership lobby for children exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization exempt under section 501(c)(3).

Stand for Children and the Stand for Children Leadership Center work together to:

  •   Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent schools;
  •   Advocate for effective local and state education policies and investments and ensure that those
    policies impact classrooms and students; and
  • Elect courageous leaders who will stand up for our priorities.*

We stand for achievement by all students, through quality early childhood education, effective, empowered and supported teachers and principals, engaged families with high expectations, and other strategies that provide students the tailored instruction and support they need to graduate high school ready for college.

We stand for access to high quality schools for all students, especially students in poverty, students of color, and students learning English. To expand access to all students, we advocate for effective educational leadership at all levels, sufficient and effectively spent school funding, and clear, accurate information about how schools are performing for parents, educators, and the community.

We believe all children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Education is the key that unlocks the door to success, but far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to make it in life. We are passionately committed to righting this wrong.

Working as a key member of the Stand for Children Louisiana staff, the Jefferson Organizer will be responsible for the implementation of an established grassroots organizing model in Jefferson. The Jefferson Organizer will build and manage an engaged army of at least 18-20 leaders and 180-200 members within the Jefferson community who take local and state action, develop the leadership skills of members, and initiate and lead campaigns.

The Jefferson Organizer will contribute to Stand for Children’s mission to improve public education by:
Building strong chapter teams made up of parents, teachers, and community members

o Scheduling and executing 12-15 meetings per week with parents, teachers, and community
o Recruiting leaders and working with them to recruit and develop new members;
o Consistently raising money in order to make the chapter financially sustainable by asking for membership
contributions; and
o Presenting information about Stand and the issues we’re working on to large groups of interested
community members.

Engaging and developing leaders and members

o Developing the skills of our parents, educators, and community member leaders through rigorous, ongoing
training and coaching;
o Planning and facilitating productive, efficient group recruitment events and meetings with team leaders;
o Cultivating members and contacts to deepen their connection to the chapter and to build out their toolkit
as advocates.

Strategizing to Win for Kids

o Empowering and mobilizing chapter leaders and members to work to win issue
campaigns as strategically planned by state management; and
o Mobilizing chapter leaders and members in implementing electoral campaign strategies and tactics to elect
champions to elected office.

The Jefferson Organizer will be joining a national team of professionals committed to improving children’s lives. Stand for Children’s managers are empowering, entrepreneurial leaders who provide outstanding support in order for staff to develop as professionals and grow within the organization.


  • Passionate and unwavering belief in Stand for Children’s mission and strategy to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate  from high school prepared for and with access to a college education;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience preferred; political or community organizing experience strongly preferred, experience (volunteer or paid) recruiting, training, and mobilizing a team of 10 or more volunteers/members;
  • Experience working in an urban environment with diverse populations;
  • Ability to execute an established model of organizing within the local context of the city of Jefferson;
  • Proven ability to achieve measurable, meaningful results;
  • Excellent communication and team-building skills; ability to initiate, foster, and leverage contacts and networks to achieve strong, positive outcomes;
  • Self-driven and proactive with the capacity to work both independently and in groups;
  • Ability to adapt in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
  • A learning orientation and an ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback;
  • Experience with word processing, Excel, and PowerPoint necessary;
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus; and
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends to accommodate parent and teacher meeting schedules; must have full-time access to a car.

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits: full health and dental coverage; life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care coverage; 401K with a match plan; flexible spending/benefits plan; holidays and vacation accrual.

Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center are equal opportunity employers and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply for this position, please visit http://stand.org/careers to fill out our online application and submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter. No calls please.



Has been rescheduled to November 24, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm.  The Fall Fundraising Fiesta at Casa Borrega will provide an authentic Latin American style dinner buffet and a cash bar.

We are excited to announce that Los Po-Boy-Citos will provide the music for this evening! Tickets are $30 and on sale at Eventbrite.com. Or come by our new office to purchase a ticket – 215 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway.

We’ll hope you’ll join us at one or both September events!  Keep checking here on our website and on our Facebook page for more details on our upcoming fundraisers  – please come out to support our organization!  We would like to thank Entergy and the offices of Braden, Gonzalez & Associates for helping sponsor our Fall Fundraising Fiesta. Our programs would not be possible without organizations and businesses like yours!

If you would like to help support us, contact us at lfclinfo@lfcl.org.  Also, you can support us online at our Causes.com fundraiser! Our financial need is continuous and every donation helps us prepare for an upcoming trimester. If you’d like to help us, we have established an online fundraising platform on Causes.com. Please click on the link below to donate. We thank you for your help!

Causes.com Online Fundraiser

Our Cause

Oportunidades NOLA believes that we as New Orleanians have the responsibility to educate and welcome the immigrants who came to New Orleans after Katrina to rebuild our city. These workers have the right to learn how to speak English and participate in New Orleans culture in a safe, structured and educational environment. We believe in education as the best means of empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential as citizens of New Orleans.

We are an adult education program that provides educational and social services to promote immigrants’ successful integration into the greater New Orleans society. Oportunidades NOLA at the Latino Farmer’s Cooperative is a non-profit organization that provides classes in English as a Second Language, computer literacy and GED preparation to our city’s growing Latino community.

Most of the Latinos who take our classes moved to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina to work in the area’s reconstruction efforts. Over the past several years many of these workers have settled in the Greater New Orleans area and have made a concerted effort to learn the language and culture of our community. Twice a week, after long days at work, students come to Oportunidades to further their understanding of the English language and how New Orleans functions as a society.

It is our mission to continue providing quality adult education programs and social services to promote immigrants’ successful integration into greater New Orleans. If you would like to donate to our cause, please click on the Donate Now link found on this page. Please feel free to contact Trevor attrevortop@lfcl.org with any questions you may have or if you would like to visit our school. Thank you for your time and consideration, we sincerely appreciate it.

As you may have heard, OportunidadesNOLA has joined with Latino Farmer’s Co-operative of Louisiana, Inc. to provide more comprehensive social and educational services to the Latin@ community of Greater New Orleans. Join us for our joint Fall Fundraising Fiesta on Saturday, September 28, 2013 7-11pm at Casa Borrega! Help us raise program funds to provide social and educational services for the…

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Erin Tooher Thompson, Financial Coordinator & Administrative Manager

GRoW Zone Assistant Needed


I need an assistant to work with me at the GRoW Zone.  I am hoping you can refer a great candidate.

The job is 20 hours/week and pays $15/hr.

The person needs to be able to commit to work EVERY SATURDAY from 9am – 3pm, hopefully starting September 14.

The rest of the hours during the week are flexible and off site, helping me with recruitment, planning, presentations, marketing, etc.

I need someone reliable, who will be there promptly at 9am every Saturday.

Please see the job description below.  We are looking for someone who is experienced managing “camp” like programs, enjoys working with kids (and parents), and can be strong leader to coordinate and manage Saturday programming.

Feel free to give my direct phone number: (504) 975-1555.

I am hoping to get calls and get this position filled asap.



Danielle Burrell, M.Ed, CHES

GRoW Zone Coordinator


The {GRoW} (Great Resources Where Y’at) program is a multi-agency project to support healthy lifestyle choices for Gentilly and New Orleans East communities.  The program is targeted to students aged 10-15 (Grades 4-8) but serves a broader community of parents, community members and students ages 5 – 18.  {GRoW} is based in the Ashe Charter School and is managed by the GRoW Zone Coordinator.  The GRoW Zone Site Assistant works under the supervision of the GRoW Zone Coordinator.

From September 2012- August 2015, the goal of {GRoW} is to increase the patterns of physical activity and healthy eating among 2,000 low-income children ages 5-15 living or attending public school in 70122 and 70126 zip codes, with a focus on ages 10-15; through an aligned system of activities during and outside school time.

GRoW Zone Assistant Position Description

The GRoW Assistant is responsible for supporting the GRoW Coordinator and program partners by managing the GRoW Zone site activities each Saturday for services within network.

Saturday Tasks

  • Develop a strong understanding of {GRoW}, NOKP, hub school, spoke schools, and Zone
  • Logistically support the Zone Coordinator and program partners with:

Distribution and dissemination of information about {GRoW}

Coordination of information among providers

Coordination of student movement from activity to activity

Coordination of materials and information distribution

Coordination of lunch/snacks

  • Assist with information and documentation gathering for grant reporting
  • Assist with student coordination and management
  • Support the GRoW Coordinator in communicating with partner providers, children and parents throughout the day.

Non-Saturday tasks

  • Assist with documentation of work; recruitment; community canvassing; presentations
  • Assist with facility prep and management


  • Program coordination experience
  • Proficiency with computer usage, including email, social networking, Microsoft Word and Excel, online survey tools required
  • Strong communication skills

Compensation:  $15 per hour.

8 hours every Saturday; 12 hours planning, recruitment, misc. program support time per week.

Reports To:  the GRoW Coordinator


Contact:                 Send resume and cover letter to: Danielle@kidsmart.org

Resumes must be received on or before September 10, 2013