Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office: Annual New Orleans Neighborhood Summit November 14th

Hi all,

Please excuse any repeated information, but I wanted to reach out to you personally to encourage you and your membership to register to attend the annual New Orleans Neighborhood Summit, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 14th at Dillard University.

At the summit, you will have the opportunity to attend a workshop with in-depth information on your topic of choice (affordable housing, resilience planning, best practices in neighborhood organizing, or how to work strategically with local government). These workshops will feature local government leaders, community organizations, and neighborhood case studies. Be prepared to walk away with detailed information and an understanding of tools at your disposal to improve your community.

Please let me know asap if language is an issue and I will be happy to work on providing language access at the summit.

Register today and spread the word!

Register Now for the 2015 New Orleans Neighborhood Summit
Register now for the annual Neighborhood Summit, a day of professional development, information sharing, and networking for community leaders. This year’s theme is Resilient Neighborhoods: Rebuilding Together for a Stronger New Orleans.
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Laura A. Mellem
Neighborhood Liaison
(504) 658-4982

Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office
City of New Orleans
*1300 Perdido Street, Suite 8E15



NEW ORLEANS, LA —On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Economic Development will kick off another series of Business Information Sessions designed to connect local entrepreneurs and business owners with useful tools and resources.

These sessions will allow interested business owners to learn more about Services and Resources for local Businesses presented by various Organizations. One session will take place in each City Council district. All are open to the public and individuals can attend any or all sessions.

The complete list of dates and locations can be found below.

District A: Download Flyer
Thursday, October 22, 2015
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Robert E. Smith Community Library
6301 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124

“ Factors in Business Finance a. Budgeting and b. Credit ” presented by Small Business Administration (SBA)
“Organization Overview, Programs & Entrepreneur Week 2016” presented by Idea Village

District B:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
1:30pm – 3:00pm
JOB1 Business and Career Solutions
3400 Tulane Ave. 2nd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70119

“Business Lending” presented by NewCorp, Inc.
“ Incentives for Business Owners (On the Job Training, etc.)” presented by JOB1 Business and Career Solutions

District C:
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131

“ Organization Overview and Kiva Zip Program” presented by St. Roch CDC
“Business Banking Opportunities” presented by ASI Federal Credit Union

District D:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Norman Mayer Branch Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

“ Business Lending” presented by Liberty Bank & Trust
“Online Business Tools ” presented by Google Community Leaders

District E:
Thursday, November 5, 2015
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Andrew P. Sanchez Recreation Center
1616 Caffin Street, New Orleans, La 70117

“Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative” presented by Delgado Community College / Workforce Development and Education
“Success Stories” presented by Sharmaine James (Condall Consulting Groups, LLC) & James A. Mendez, CPA (Aretê Partners)
To RSVP, residents or business owners can click here or contact Margrett Frazier in the Office of Economic Development at (504) 658-4237 /

American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness Information

Dear Friends,

Greetings from your American Cancer Society,

Your Health Ministry or organization activities promote the well-being of members of your community. Our work as health ministry leaders is not simply to respond to the spiritual needs of our sheep but also to address their physical, emotional, and mental needs. We must approach our activities holistically and respond to the needs of the whole human being.

We are pleased to offer church and community leaders resources you may find useful when ministering to the health of your beloved congregation and community.

Our communities are besieged by agonizing stories of cancer. Sadly, African Americans are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other ethnic group. Many cancer deaths in our community could be prevented if only they were detected earlier. This fact bears witness to the scriptural message that God’s people are being destroyed by lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Yet, a prophetic word of hope is given to us. Here is that hope: However devastating cancer can be, it cannot overcome the power of Easter morning. However agonizing cancer can be ,it cannot destroy Christian hope in the upcoming city of the redeemed, where there will be no more disease and no more death (Revelation: 21:4).

While we pray for that city to come, let us bring hope here and now by educating our flock about breast cancer prevention and early detection. Let us engage in health education and health promotion activities to fight cancer and other diseases that bring pain to our communities. Let us create dynamic church health ministries and organizations that deal not only with symptoms and consequences, but also with causes.

We at the American Cancer Society offer many educational and other resources to help reenergize your health ministries and organizations..
For information and support, please visit or contact your local American Cancer Society at 504-833-4024.

Please feel free to share this information with your network.

Best Regards
Nedra Wardsworth

Nedra Wardsworth | Specialist, Community Health Advisor
Mid-South Division | American Cancer Society, Inc.
2605 River Rd
New Orleans, LA 70121
Phone: 504.219.2292 | Mobile: 504.272.4018 | Fax: 504.219.2290 | 1.800.227.2345

The messages below can be adapted for use in your church or faith organizations’ bulletins.

  • Are you a woman over 40? Have you talked with your health care provider about breast cancer screening? African-American women tend to be diagnosed at later stages with breast cancer, and are more likely to die from breast cancer than women of any other race. Partner your faith with good health practices, and call your health care provider to discuss breast cancer screening options. Remember,” faith without works is dead (James 2:20).”
  • Eat healthy and get active! Make a renewed commitment to eating healthy and being physically active. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight can lower your cancer risk. The Scriptures remind us of God’s desire for our physical health. According to 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” Your faith, in partnership with good health practices, is key to abundant living.


Talking Points – American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer

  • Together with the help of the American Cancer Society, you can fight breast cancer and save more lives.
  • American Cancer Society is the most effective breast cancer-fighting organization in the world.
  • We’re doing the most to help women with breast cancer today and are working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.
  • We invest in the community and provide programs to help reduce your risk of cancer and support regular testing for breast cancer.
  • For more information, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us online at cancer-dot-org-slash-breast cancer.
  • Schedule Your Yearly Mammogram.
  • If you’re a woman who is 40 or older, be sure to get a mammogram every year. And men, don’t forget to encourage the women in your life to get yearly mammograms, too.
  • Sign up for a free mammogram reminder from the American Cancer Society for yourself or someone you love at cancer-dot-org-slash-mammogram reminder.

Social Media Messaging

Social media has become an essential channel for communicating with constituents and the public while also establishing a dialogue with them and engaging their feedback and action.



  • Today, 1 in every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support. We’re in every community providing free information and services and ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.
  • One in two women turn to the American Cancer Society for help with issues related to breast cancer. We have helped them, and we can help you. Visit our Web site to find out how the

American Cancer Society is making a difference in your community.

  • The American Cancer Society is a leader in the field of women’s health. We’re doing the most to help women with cancer today in every community and are working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow. You can read more about what we’re doing to help women here:
  • Our phone lines are open every minute of every day to help give people the answers they need about breast cancer. Each year, we provide free information and support to the nearly 1 million people who call us at 1-800-227-2345.


  • We gave free info & help 24/7 those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Call us to learn more at 1-800-227-2345. Through research, free support, info & advocating for access to screening & care, we fight for the health of all women.

Breast Cancer Screening Resources:

  • American Cancer Society:

For additional information and material please contact your local American Cancer Society. If you are having a problem getting a mammogram please contact the American Cancer Society, Community Health Advisor program and we will help you navigate women to screening. We are working with St Thomas Community Health Center, Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), and Daughters of Charity.

Nedra Wardsworth |Specialist, Community Health Advisor American Cancer Society, Inc.

2605 River Rd, New Orleans, LA 70121 Phone: 504.833-4024.

  • Thomas Community Health Center: is currently providing screening mammography; they encourage appointments but will not turn away any walk-ins. St Thomas also prefers that the patient have a referral if sent by an external provider. Patients must have the financial documentation in order to get a free mammogram and there is no co-pay. Hours: Mon, Tues and Thursday 8am-4pm; Wed and Fri – 8am-1pm
  • University Medical Center: “As many of you know, University Medical Center (UMC) has replaced the old Charity/LSU Interim Hospitals. We’re still in a process of transition with them, so if you have any problems after first calling them at 702-5700, please call us directly at the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) at 1-888-599-1073 or call our Patient Navigator Aniqua Winfrey at 568-5855 or 330-3267. We’ll be glad to help! “

Mens Screening Guidelines Womens Screening Guidelines

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans: Racial Sobriety Workshops

Dear Friends,

Please find attached to this e-mail an updated schedule of Introducing Racial Sobriety workshops as well as registration forms for the two October workshops. While registration will be taken at the door, registering in advance helps us plan for materials and the size of the room.

Your assistance in spreading the word about the workshops would be appreciated.


Sr. Teresa

Sr. Teresa Rooney, CHF
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Office of Racial Harmony
1000 Howard Ave, Suite 109
New Orleans, LA 70113
Office: (504) 861-6272
Cell: (504) 621-4530
FAX: (504) 267-9759

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New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office Open House on December 3, 2015 from 1-3pm

Dear Friends,

Please find attached an invitation to the New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office Open House to be held on December 3, 2015 from 1-3pm.

Feel free to pass this along to other practitioners and interested stakeholders.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in December, and please remember to RSVP to me by November 24, 2015.

All the very best,

Merrilyn Onisko
Supervisory Asylum Officer
New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office
2424 Edenborn Ave, Ste 300
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 219-3138

NOZ Open House Flyer December 3

Committee for A Better New Orleans: Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Alumni Event, October 22nd

Committee for A Better New Orleans

The Next Forum Alumni Event:

Meet the New Class

We are overdue for a BBMLF alumni gathering, so please join your fellow graduates in meeting this year’s class. Enjoy beautiful fall weather (yes, we do have seasons in New Orleans), great conversation and your beverage of choice for a fun, relaxing evening.

Thursday, October 22
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bayou Beer Garden, back deck
326 N. Jeff Davis Parkway

Parking is available in the lot behind Bayou Beer Garden. We hope to see you there!

In other quick news (things just keep pouring in over here):

CBNO is looking for people interested in being part of our NPP meeting facilitator team. We’ll train you and even better, we’ll pay you. Email if you would like more info.
– The Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative is hosting its next Walk and Learn on Saturday, October 17. The topic is “The River and the City”.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans: Hosting ONE DAY Naturalization Workshop

Dear All:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans will be hosting a one-day naturalization workshop at 2505 Maine Avenue in Metairie on November 6, 2015 from 9 am until 5 pm. We are hoping to pre-register up to 52 applicants. During the workshop, each applicant will be screened for naturalization eligibility by one of our staff BIA Accredited Representatives. Those applicants who are deemed eligible to apply for naturalization will then be sent to a volunteer station to fill out the naturalization applications. We are allocating roughly 2 hours to prepare each application. All applications filled out by volunteers will be reviewed by our staff before they are mailed to USCIS. We are hoping that each volunteer sign up for a minimum of two hours but we would prefer four hours to be able to do two applications on that day.

We thank those of you who helped at the last citizenship workshop (& hope you’ll come back!), and we welcome new volunteers! We are hoping to have enough volunteers to prepare 12 applications from 9am-11:00am, 12 applications from 11am-1:00pm, 12 applications from 1pm-3:00 pm and 12 application from 3pm-5pm and 12 application from 5pm-7pm. Therefore, this call for volunteers includes a need for:

1. Legal: Attorneys/ law students/ paralegals who can help eligible applicants fill out the naturalization application (a.k.a. Form N-400).

2. Translators: to assist attorney/law students/ paralegals fill out N400s

3. General: volunteers to help register applicants, set up, shut down, etc.

We will hold brief training sessions each morning of the workshop. If you are interested and available to volunteer at any of the times below, please write your name, contact information and volunteer title (legal/ translator/ general) in all of the time slots that you will be available and send the chart back in a reply to Reyna Croft If you know others who might be interested, please forward.

Friday, November 6, 2015
9am – 11am

Reyna Croft
Citizenship Project Manager
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
office (504) 310-6922 fax (504) 523-6962

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