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Morgan's Note

I usually use this space to talk about the amazing features we have in this issue (Our 2016 Activists and a guide to New Year’s Eve!), or my thoughts on this month of the year (In my opinion, it really is “The most wonderful time!”).

But as I’m writing this, I just came from the inaugural “Celebrity Luncheon” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans (NHS), and I need to share this incredible organization with you.

After eight years as the editor of St. Charles Avenue, you would think that I would know every nonprofit in New Orleans. But here’s a shocking idea: I would guess there are 100 of which neither you or I have ever heard. For me, NHS was one of them.

NHS helps New Orleans “flourish by creating and sustaining healthy and vibrant neighborhoods through real estate development, education and community building activities that improve the quality of life for all residents.” From helping Mr. and Mrs. Cage age in place to giving Ms. Miles a job and finding her a home off the streets – one that she’s on track to own in the near future –  the stories I heard brought tears to my eyes and inspired me to take action.

The action that I took at the luncheon was with my pocketbook, and today as you read this I hope that you will contact one of the most inspiring woman I’ve listened speak on a cause in years. Amy Batiste, NHS’ CEO, is clear on her mission and is living the dream of having a job she loves.

I dare you to talk to Amy and not decide to volunteer your time, leadership services, talent and energy – or to provide an in-kind gift – to NHS, which is serving our city and neighbors “through high-quality housing and homeownership services to revitalize neighborhoods one home at a time.” Contact Amy and NHS today: 899-5900, abatiste@nhsnola.org, info@nhsnola.org, NHSNola.org.

Enjoy your holidays and prepare for your New Year!

Morgan Packard

December Events

“Annual Foundation Dinner,” benefiting The Catholic Foundation, 596-3045

“Fete de Noel,” benefiting The Ladies Leukemia League, 466-8875

“Son of a Saint Annual Gala,” 655-8416, sonny@sonofasaint.org

“Tow-Down,” presented by Camel Toe Lady Steppers, benefiting Roots of Music, CamelToeLadySteppers.org and OneEyedJacks.net

“Nola Over the Edge: S.W.A.T.,” benefiting Special Olympics Louisiana, (985) 345-6644

“A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” benefiting the Anti-Defamation League, 780-5602

Fourth annual “Homecoming Affair: Building New Orleans,” benefiting Project Homecoming, 418-1510

“Holiday Home Tour Patron Party,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032, PRCNO.org

“Holiday Home Tour,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032, PRCNO.org

“A Garden District Christmas Concert,” benefiting Friends of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 891-1906

“Latkes with a Twist,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service, 828-6334

“Home for the Holidays,” benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists and NOCCA, 940-2851


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