Baptist Friendship House: Transforming Lives in New Orleans

We are honored to partner with Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, Louisiana, through WMU compassion ministries.  

Baptist Friendship House works to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless, human trafficking survivors, and those living in poverty.

They are a registered Christian Women’s Job Corps site of national WMU. They offer tutoring for people wanting to obtain their high school equivalency diploma, computer skills classes, job readiness training, English as a second language classes, literacy classes, and life skills.

Baptist Friendship House offers group counseling for those they minister to in New Orleans. The women make pottery as a part of their therapy sessions. This provides them an opportunity to learn a trade and earn fair wages. As they sit in a non-threatening environment and make pottery, they feel comfortable opening up and sharing. While they make things with their hands, they relax; walls come down, so they feel comfortable sharing. Sharing and getting those feelings out helps healing start. Now these women have turned their hobby into a skill they can use to rebuild their lives. These talented artisans make the Friendship Cross and Freedom Dove sold through WorldCrafts.
 

A Transformed Life

Yvonne moved to New Orleans from New Jersey in 2001 to escape a domestic violence situation. Through some hard years and then Hurricane Katrina, she ended up on the streets, homeless. In 2015, she discovered Baptist Friendship House and celebrated 4 years of sobriety in July 2019. Yvonne shares, “I accepted Jesus as my Savior in August, 2015, and through His help and Christian Women’s Job Corps at Friendship House, I have regained the many things that the streets took from me. I realize what a good friend God is in my life, and He is the most important thing. I have gained my self-respect back, I have a home, I got my GED, I got my driver’s license back, I have gained skills to help me obtain employment, and I have become self-sufficient. Living on the streets and drinking can often lead one to focus on self. After becoming sober I have learned how to focus on helping others. I love volunteering at Friendship House and being able to give back to help others. I am grateful and continue to seek opportunities to grow and to better myself.”

Yvonne received the Sybil Bentley Dove Scholarship from the WMU Foundation in 2018 and used her scholarship to enroll in culinary arts courses at the local community college. She has also taken a pottery class and used the skills she learned to help lead the group that is making pottery for WorldCrafts. She is an incredible light to the women in her community. 

Celebrate Fair Trade Month in October by supporting the women at Baptist Friendship House through the purchase of their Friendship Cross and Freedom Dove. You can also host a one-month, online WorldCrafts benefit for Baptist Friendship House. All you have to do is register to become a host, and we'll send you all the promotional materials you need. At the end of your benefit, we'll send 20% of your total sales to Baptist Friendship House.

Thank you for supporting this incredible ministry!

 

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