Monday, December 13, 2010
For the month of December Baptist Friendship House is in running for the $250K grant from Pepsi. Each Month Pepsi accepts 1000 entries and we were picked! If we remain in the top 100 we will continue for the next month, however, if we get in the top 1 or 2 spot then we receive the grant. Us receiving the grant totally depends on YOU and your daily support through voting.
You can vote via this link: http://www.refresheverything.com/baptistfriendshiphouse
You can also text your vote: text 104857 to 73774 (Standard text messaging rates apply)
Recently, we joined an alliance of other organizations in Louisiana. The idea is that we share supporters in the hopes that we all be able to place in the top 2 places of our categories and thus we all getting the grant we are applying for. Please consider these as well. The link to view them is as follows:
Once on the page you can click on the blue box and a list of all the organizations in the alliance will come up on the Pepsi Refresh Project page ready to be viewed and/or voted on.
Thank you in advance for your prayers, support, and votes. Please consider voting for us daily in order that we may receive this grant. This grant will enable us to expand our ministry.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The pictures show our wonderful time together better than words- be sure to check more out on our facebook page at
Little girl dressed as Cinderella
Volunteer and girl at the lollipop tree
Kids playing at the fishing pond at Fall Fest
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
You are homeless
You have no where to go and no one to see
All you have is what you are wearing
Your clothes are dirty
A shirt with holes
Pants that don’t fit
Shoes that are too small
Socks that are worn
You walk the streets the whole day
You have no form of ID
You can’t get a job to get back on your own without an ID
To America, there is no proof of your existence
As you walk the streets your feet blister
That’s what happens when your shoes don’t fit
Your toes are in so much pain you can barely take a step by the end of the day
It slowly begins to rain, then pour, as it does in New Orleans
You get out of the rain only after your clothes are soaked
Your shoes are filled with water due to the puddles
Your socks are drenched
You must keep walking because you are not allowed to sit anywhere
Constantly you are run off from places when you just stop for a rest
Now you walk the streets with wet clothes and shoes
The blisters become worse and you get more of them
Most of them are infected
Not only physically
People constantly look down on you because you don’t have a home
They don’t even give you a chance
You didn’t have control over the situation that made you homeless
You are trying to get your life back together but no one wants to help
You have no where to go and no one to see
You are constantly walking the streets
Looking for help everywhere
You find a place that helps the homeless
You take a chance, so many times you are turned away
You ring the bell
You are greeted with a smile
The first time someone has smiled at you all week
You see a light in their eyes
You know they care
They feed you, clothe you, and give you hygiene items
They help you clean up your wounds
They look past that you are homeless and see you for you
You are helped
You now have hope and you now have strength
When you walk back down the street
Your chin will be lifted
There will be a light in your eyes
Because they were Jesus to you
It’s simple… Be Jesus to people.
Which way do you look when you see someone who doesn’t have a home? Do you smile at them or frown? Have you ever given a homeless person a chance? A homeless person is just like me and you except for the fact that they don’t have a home. They don’t have shoes that fit their feet or clothes that fit their body. They don’t have a closet to put them in either. They have a heart that does the same function as ours. They hurt just like we do; the only difference is we have a house to hide in.
There are so many stereotypes about homeless people that are untrue. The National Coalition for the Homeless talks about the reasons that people have become homeless over the past few decades. As most people assume, they are all strung out on drugs, unwilling to work, and trying to take advantage of the system. These assumptions are false. Foreclosures, poverty, eroding work opportunities, decline in public assistance, and lack of affordable housing are a few of the main reasons for homelessness in society today. Much of which, cannot be controlled by people.
Other key factors in homelessness include: lack of affordable healthcare, domestic violence, and mental illness. Statistics show that 1 in 3 Americans are uninsured. A single illness can put a person in poverty on the streets. Battered women who live in poverty are often forced to choose between the abusive relationship and becoming homeless. 16% of the single adult homeless population suffers from severe mental illness, of which they have no control. Addiction is rarely a cause of a person becoming homeless; however, once on the street there is an increased risk of turning to drugs.
Homelessness results from a complex set of circumstances and cannot be identified as a result of a single cause.
35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Based on the number of people in the household, each family received a food box, a household goods box, and a case of water. The food boxes include canned goods, cereal, rice, and spaghetti and will feed a family of four for ten days. The household goods box provides the family with hygiene and toiletry items, along with other things that are needed in a house.
One of the trucks filled with Feed the Children Boxes and a few boxes unloaded
One of the posters along with boxes of food stacked ready to be handed out
We had an awesome time getting to spend time with several NFL players, both current and retirees. We got to visit with John Stinchcomb, Deuce McAllister, Mike McKenzie, Chuck Commiskey, and several other players. Many of these guys have helped Baptist Friendship House food pantry through fundraisers for Feed the Children.
The NFL Players Association bus
Dr. Kay Bennett with John Stinchcomb
Kendall Wolz with Deuce McAllister
As you know, the week leading up to the NFL Kickoff was a busy time for New Orleans as we prepared to cheer our Saints to a victory on Thursday September 9. We were invited by Cherry Blackwell with Lagniappe Ministries to volunteer and help prepare the floats that were in the NFL Parade. We were also invited to attend the concerts that took place prior to the game. We are very thankful that Cherry allowed us to be a part of this experience.
Dr. Kay helping load coolers filled with cold drinks on to the floats
DeShannan helping on top of one of the NFL Parade floats
Michelle working on top of another float
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Be sure to check out our website for all of our upcoming events and to check out our needs and prayer request lists.
Please continue to pray for all the ministries at Baptist Friendship House.
Some of the girls drawing during our back to school bash
Backpacks and school supplies we gave away
Some of our Up 2 Hope girls with their new backpacks
All the clothing we were able to give away
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
If you would like to support this event thru giving (school supplies, financially, etc), please contact us at 504-949-4469 or email Dr. Kay Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Items that will be needed to make this event a success include:
- Composition Notebooks (spiral-less)
- Blunt Tip Scissors
Up 2 Hope is our eight week summer camp for girls ages 9 and up. Our theme verse was Luke 10:27- “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind….” The fifty-six girls we had registered were an absolute joy to work with and teach. We had seven summer missionaries who with the guidance of the staff helped make this summer a huge success. We are thrilled to share that four girls made the decision to accept Christ over the course of the summer.
Using old t-shirts to make new aprons
Other activities the girls participated in are: devotion, dance, small group time (where we talked more in depth about different topics), games, and tae-kwon-do. We also provided nutrition education, health education, and cultural education to the girls over the summer. As most of the girls have never seen outside the city, much less their own block, we used Fridays as a day to help them see that there are so many places to go and see in the world. We took several field trips over the summer to places such as the Auduobon Zoo and the Stennis Space Center.
Please continue to pray for the girls involved with Up 2 Hope. Pray that they can take what they have learned over the summer and apply it to their lives daily and that they can hopefully share the skills with others.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Moments like these are what we live for at Baptist Friendship House! One of our families transitioned in her own housing this week. What a celebration!
It is very difficult for single mothers to save up enough money to find their own housing. Often people ask us how long it takes a family to transition to their own housing, but every situation is different. Each family comes in with a different story. What is so great about our transitional housing program is that we individualize their case plans and help them to create goals that works best for their situation. Very rarely is this an easy process. There are many obstacles they must get through in order to reach self-sufficiency. Therefore, "success" is different for every individual.
Our recent family that transitioned to their own housing had their own issues and barriers to overcome. However, with the help of Christ, and the staff at BFH, she has been able to secure housing and move into her very first home. Please continue to pray for her as she continues to learn valuable life skills and provide for her family.
If you want to know more about her story, the Times-Picayune featured her story and Baptist Friendship House here.