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Partner Agencies

Backpack Extravaganza
The Backpack Extravaganza targets children and families from low-income households.  Target age/grades are Kindergarden to 12th grade students who reside in St. John the Baptist Parish. 1000 free backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits are given to St. John the Baptist Parish (East and West Banks) students each year.

Boy Scouts of America  504-889-0388
Open to boys and young men ages 6-18.  Provides training and oversight to adult volunteers for the delivery of character building and skill development for success in the real world. Includes the areas of leadership, good citizenship, outdoor education, personal fitness, team building, and family involvement.

Cancer Association of GNO  1-800-624-2039
Supplies medication and medical appliances for those currently fighting cancer. Also provides preventative and educational services (early detection, stress management, prevention of cancer, and services relating to tobacco and marijuana) and also allocates funds for research.

Catholic Charities  985-652-0021
St. John Counseling Solutions - gives individuals, families and couples opportunity to address life's problems & demands with help from qualified therapists.
Financial Literacy - The primary goal of this CCANO program in St. John the Baptist Parish is to assist ALICE households (Asset Limited-Income Constrained-Employed) and other low income community members to increase their financial literacy while improving stability and obtaining living wage employment.

Child Advocacy Services  985-536-8384
Provides two programs in the parish. They provide the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CASA volunteers give of their time and talents to speak up for children navigating a complex court and child welfare system. They also provide advocacy and clinical services to children and families, community education/prevention classes (CAS), as well as other services supporting its mission to "...give voice, healing and security to children".

Girl Scouts Louisiana East 504-733-8220
Open to girls ages 5-18.  Provides training and oversight to adult volunteers for the delivery of character building and skill development for success in the real world. Includes the areas of leadership, good citizenship, outdoor education, personal fitness, team building, and family involvement.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library
St. John United Way partners with Dolly Parton Imagination Library and our generous donors to provide one free age appropriate book each month, to their home, for children ages birth to five who reside in St. John Parish.

GNO Therapeutic Riding Center  504-466-9960
Horse Assisted Therapy for disabled children and adults.

Metropolitan Centers for Community Advocacy  504-837-5400
Metropolitan Centers for Community Advocacy provides wrap-around services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Metro is the only non-profit, full-service provider to women and their children, in a five parish area in Louisiana, (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, and St. James Parishes.)

Modesty 504-322-0570
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving ladies in South Louisiana with a mission to Restore Lives, Meet Needs, and Bring Change. “Redefine” supports their mentorship and leadership programs as well as enrichment classes. The mentorship program caters to the development of junior high and high school aged young ladies.

New Wine Development Corporation/STEM 985-653-0008
NWDC works to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in need in the River Parish region by providing positive youth development through summer camp and before and after school programs.  New Wine also offers emergency and transitional housing. They assist with disaster recovery, as well as, health and wellness programs and initiatives. NWDC's Before & Aftercare STEM program is designed to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to students attending St. John the Baptist Parish schools, specifically, those 5 to 13 years of age.

Red Cross  985-785-0647
Emergency disaster services, both natural or manmade. Provides relief to victims of disasters, and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Responds to home fires by assisting families with temporary shelter, food, clothing, and counseling.

Respite Care Services  985-785-0971
Provided through the Arc of St. Charles, respite care services are designed to provide relief to caregivers to spend time away from the family member requiring extensive attention.  The caregiver has the opportunity to attend appointments, engage in recreational activities, run errands or simply rest.  Services can vary and are based on individual needs.

River Parishes Community College 985-536-4418
RPCC's Work Ready U Program offers individuals who have not completed high school the opportunity to prepare & complete the HiSET exam.

St. John Ministry of Care  985-652-2729
Provides Emergency Services such as assistance with food, rental and mortgage assistance, and utility payments. They can also help with prescribed medications.  They also aid fire victims and national disaster victims if the need arises.  Acts as a clearing house for various St. John the Baptist Parish organizations to reduce duplication in the Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas baskets and toys programs.  This oversight allows maximum impact to the families and children in need.

St. John 4H Programs  985-497-3261
Works with boys and girls in grades 4 through 12 in all St. John schools, except one, to provide educational activities around life skills and real world activities. Utilizes adult volunteers/leaders to promote the passing of the "secrets for success" to our next generation.

St. John Theatre, Inc.  985-536-6630
St. John Theatre provides opportunities to St. John residents of every age to participate in the creative arts.

Second Harvest of GNO  504-734-1322
Second Harvest provides food assistance to over 262,000 individuals in 23 parishes throughout South Louisiana through a network of over 240 community based organizations.  The mission is to lead the fight against hunger in South Louisiana through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response.

Special Olympics Louisiana  985-345-6644
Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The Right Choice 985-651-7844
Provides free health screenings, counseling, and contraceptive barriers to the River Parishes. The mission is to transform lives and add value to the holistic well-being of individuals through education, state-of-the-art lab testing, professional counseling, sex education curriculum, intervention services and treatment adherence services.

Via Link Information and Referral   2-1-1 or 1-800-749-2673  (Crisis Line)
Need help for yourself, family member or friend? No idea where to turn? Simply pickup your phone and dial 211. VIA LINK provides crisis and suicide counseling, and connects people to community resources that help them to resolve life's biggest challenges.  Their call center counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis counseling, information, and referrals to programs that help with needs such as food, shelter, medical care, financial assistance, counseling programs, substance abuse, treatment, childcare, etc.

Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana, Inc.  504-482-2130
Provides the Repairs on Wheels program (with a primary emphasis on handicap ramps) to vulnerable residents throughout St. John Parish.