Faith House was founded in 1980 by Sister Mary Thomas as a shelter for homeless women. After the oil field collapsed in 1987, the influx of homeless women was astounding and Sister Mary Thomas assessed the need for emergency housing in Acadiana.
That first shelter had only 28 beds and was reluctant to turn anyone in need away. Luckily, an eager board member, as well as a fundraising volunteer, took on the project. The board member located the perfect spot for a shelter and the land was purchased, an architect hired and blueprints were drawn. The volunteer called 10 friends, who called 10 more friends and so on and “Women Helping Women” was formed.
The shelter now includes 45 beds, with services extended to six other parishes in Central and South Louisiana through outreach offices and mobile advocacy. Since its inception, Faith House has transformed from a women’s homeless shelter to a crisis center and shelter for all survivors of domestic violence, no matter their age, race, gender, sexuality, social or economic level.
In 2016, Faith House opened two Family Justice Centers; one in Acadiana and one in Central Louisiana. Faith House currently oversees the daily operation of the Family Justice Center of Acadiana, while remaining partners with the Family Justice Center of Central Louisiana. The Family Justice Center model is a national model that creates collaboration among local organizations to enhance and improve the local response to domestic violence cases and decrease mortality. We are excited to be able to provide such a comprehensive service to our community by providing easy access to law enforcement, legal services, counseling, and support services all under one roof.
The following are supplies that are always in need and are depleted quickly:
-Twin sized comforters
-Twin sized sheets
-Twin sized washable mattress covers
- Floor cleaner
We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, July 30th between 9am – 3pm as donations are dropped off at:
1500 Eraste Landry
Lafayette, LA 70506
Any questions, please contact Laura Hanes, Marketing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org