Friday, October 24, 2008

Mark Bradford's Community Crawfish Boil

Mark Bradford has teamed up with the Lower 9th Ward Village to introduce Mark Bradford's Mithra Ark.  We welcome our neighbors of the Lower 9th Ward to join us in this Community Crawfish Boil on Sunday, October 26, 2008 from 1:00pm-6:00pm
Lower 9th Ward ~ New Orleans ~ Caffin Avenue & N. Miro Street

Jazzy Affair Benefit Concert and Dinner

Lower Ninth Ward Village
1001 Charbonnet Street
New Orleans, La 70117

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Town Hall Meetings Every 4th Saturday of the Month

The Lower 9th Ward Village is holding Town Hall Meetings every 4th Saturday of the month. The Village will invite all nonprofits working in the Lower 9th Ward to speak a next Town Hall Meeting about the services that they currently provide to Lower 9th Ward residents and how to access those services. For more information, please call us in the office at 504-948-0777.

Monday, May 19, 2008

VBS coming to the Village June 2-6

Seek and Serve Mission Crew

Vacation Bible School
“Treasure Seekers”
When: June 2-6, 2008
Time: 3-6pm
Who: Boys and Girls
       Ages 4-12
Where: Lower 9th Ward Village

Activities will be Age Appropriate
Too old to be a camper? We also need kids 13+ to be program helpers!!
Kids will participate in games, crafts, and all sorts of other fun activities!!!
For the parents and grandparents!!
We will also be hosting a small group for the adults of the Lower 9th Ward.
If you need someone to talk to, share with, or just to listen…
Drop the kids off and come join us.
If you have any questions, call 504-948-0777.

Donate tab not working on website...!

We regret that our Donate tab is not working on our website. Not to worry though, we're getting it fixed as we speak. You can scroll down a bit on the screen (on the home page), below our Mission Statement and there is a donate button there that DOES work! As always, donations are always appreciated and can be mailed to Lower 9th Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet St., New Orleans, LA 70117. Checks made payable to Lower Ninth Ward Village

Volunteers Wanted at Lower 9th Ward Village

We want you!
Volunteers are needed at the Lower 9th Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet St., New Orleans, LA 70117.
Call the office, 504-948-0777 or stop by and see us.
Skilled work is greatly needed, however not necessary. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Free Yoga Classes at the Village and other locations...


Types of Yoga Classes:

* Basics for new beginners/new to yoga practice
* Basics for those who have some experience
* Restorative for deep relaxation, stress reduction, and recharging
* Yoga for Kids: fun and creative class for children
* Therapeutic Yoga: for those with injuries and/or physical limitations
* Gentle mat, chair or floor classes for Restoration
* Guided Meditation and Visualization basics
* Breathing for relaxation, stress reduction, and well being

Other Resources:

* One on One Consultations for Individuals
* Information about Local Yoga Resources
* Yoga Mats provided

1001 Charbonnet Street, New Orleans, LA 70043 Office: (504) 948.0777

FREE CLASS SCHEDULE: 3-4 PM 4-5 PM 5-6 PM 6-7 PM 7-8 PM


1107 LeBeau Street, Arabi, LA 70032 (504) 281.2512

5:30-6:30 PM 6-7 PM


3425 Audubon Court, New Orleans, LA 70125 (504) 256.4832
(limited space, please rsvp at

*SWAN RIVER YOGA (504) 810.1127
2130 Magazine St, New Orleans. (btwn. Jackson/Josephine Streets)

Call Katie at 718.644.7634 or email for more info

Monday, April 7, 2008

Reflections from LEEP 4/3/08 conference call

Do you find that sometimes when you wake up in the morning that you are just cruising along on autopilot waiting for something to kick you into overdrive? I felt exactly the same this morning until I opened my notes from the Village conference call on Thursday night and started to read through them. As you read through this you will feel again the tremendous pride in the incredible contribution that you are making to the betterment of the lives of the people of the 9th ward.

You may notice that Mack was on the call. So was Dar. And as you notice this you may notice also that they are tired. And as you continue to notice, you also find a wonderful sense of purpose that transcends any feeling of exhaustion. This sense of purpose leaves you open to experience every new development as an amazing new opportunity to bring empowerment, education and to provide new opportunites for growth to to the community. As we engage these opportunities with this incredible sense of purpose, is it possible that we begin to feel the happiness and pleasure that comes with truly being in service brings? Because as you listen to Mack and Dar talk about their experiences, the tiredness just fades away as though it is no longer needed and is replaced by an overwhelming sense of joy and peace. Do you find as I do, that the real message in their words is not the tasks that they perform but rather the fulfillment that you feel as you step up as leaders in unconditional service?

Listen to the words that Mack uses to begin the call. It would be easy to be overwhelmed by the immensity of the tasks before him but there is no hint of this in his words as he speaks in his loving and genuine way and expresses thanks for everything that has been done and for the loving support that you are providing. He tells us that this has been a life changing experience for him. It has allowed him to really examine his life and to find his true purpose. And can you feel the overwhelming sense of gratitude? He speaks of the wonder of seeing people in a way that he had been blind to in the past. Teenagers cleaning gutters and doing dirty thankless tasks with smiles on their faces. Ordinary people travelling thousands of miles to help people they don't even know and leaving for home tired and sore and as they leave they express their thanks for the opportunity of being in service and say that they will be back to do even more next time.

Historic Green estimates that they had 600 people in the community and they are planning on being back next year with even more volunteers.

Mack is meeting with another group from Mississippi who go into an area for the purpose of rebuilding 100 homes in 100 days.

Architectural plans should be ready next week and this will include applicable building permits. This was donated by the architect.

Mack says that their plans will be to take on the small activity rooms first like the kitchen, art room, music room and computer room so that they can begin providing services to the community. There will be a rush of people returning to the community over the summer so that they can have there children begin school in the fall.

Amy spoke of working an incredible artist, Purvis Young to put on exhibits in New Orleans. He will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Village. She spoke of other artists who are willing to do something similar. This is in wonderful allignment with our program to provide art activities at the Village.

Teresa spoke about preparations for her mission trip in June. The group is doing fundraising and expects to bring along a couple of thousand dollars for the use of the Village.

The people returning to the community have amazing stories of overcoming adversity. Mack spoke about capturing these on video during interviews and publishing it in either print or DVD.

75% of the elderly sre sitll displaced. There is a high level of mortality as the stress of being away and living as a displaced person is taking a constant toll. Mack has stopped reading the local paper as the obituary page has grown from 1 page to 4 pages.

Carle will follow up with the program committee about getting art supplies, computers and other items. He also has another lead for the commercial kitchen and Amy is taking the business plan to the Emeril foundation.

Amy reports that the NLP group has declared that they will each find one attendee for the Breakthrough seminar in Miami on Jun 11. The funds from this will go to support a free seminar in New Orleans.

Angie has approached a local building supply company that expressed an interest in donating a large sum but they wanted to see the business plan and the drawings first. she has a meeting set up for next week.

The village is still selling tee shirts to volunteers. They are also planning carwashes and fundrasing meals.

Historic Green donated 3 lawn mowers and 3 weed eaters. Mack will take crews of volunteers aroung the neighborhood to cut lawns. The city is threatening to fie home owners $500 per day if they don't cut their grass. He will do this for free and will give the homeowners information about the programs at the village at the same time.

Dar is working on updating the website and distributing the new brochure. She is also working on another brochure specifically for fundraising for the Village. Please help by making color copies of the brochures.

Jens Neelson who created the business plan, has donated $6000 to the Village for general use and has also donated $3000 which he earmarked for payment of salaries for Dar, Charles and Mack.

The next phases of development for the building will require cash. We will need to have a licensed contractor for the plumbing and for the wiring. Any ideas for fundrasing, no matter how small are really important.

Do you feel the sense of excitement as the project is taking on a life of its own? As it is already making a difference in reviving this community? As the community is once again beginning to feel hope? Can you see how you really can make a difference in the World. Do you feel the love and gratitude that is building in the community? Do you feel the ripples of empowerment spreading through the world?

You are amazing leaders! You have made my day!

I love you all!


Monday, March 31, 2008

No April Fools here...Just a heart felt THANK YOU!

Yes, it's hard to believe that 7 months have passed and we're about to begin our 8th.
We here at the Village want to make a heart felt THANK YOU to the many that have assisted in so many ways, through donations and volunteering, either being here or from afar. Each and every person is a part of the Village. YOU have made the Village what is today. Mack loves it when you come back, as he sees you all as part of his family. Some of you have already returned for a 2nd or 3rd time, even selflessly spending your Spring Break here.

We have come so far and we've only just begun!  We are taking this to the next level and we want you to be a part of it. We have our business plan completed and it's posted below. Of course, it can be emailed to anyone who wants it. If you click on the individual pages, it will highlight it and make it larger for easier reading. Email us at, if you have any questions and/or want to make a donation.

Again, we THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU and we WILL see you back here soon!

(on behalf of Mack)
Administrative Assistant for the Village

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Are you on our "Wall of Angels"?

We have a Wall of Angels started, however over the months, we've missed a few of you, from a camera being down or not available, or the camera a pic was taken on was your camera and well, let's just say...WE WANT A COPY! Mack doesn't want anyone left out! Send us your pic, when you were here (dates) and the name of the group. You may even have a photo that's unique and different from ours, we want to add it as well. We've started a section for poetry, motivators and it's open to much more. If you'd like it to be on our wall send it to us. We've got a whole other section, next to this one and when that's filled up, we'll start another one. Watch our family grow! You can mail your pictures, poetry, sayings or whatever to:
The Village, 1001 Charbonnet St, New Orleans LA 70117.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Summary of 2008 Development Budget

Summary of 2008 Development Budget - Lower 9th Ward Village
 ~ Construction Cost Estimate    -          $1,483,800
 ~ Equipment Cost Estimate       -                $91,540
 ~ Pre-opening Administrative Budget -   $164,000

Total Estimated Project Cost - 2008   $1,739,340

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Audubon Society doing Tree Sapling give away at the Village Saturday March 22

Resurrection Project's
Greening of New Orleans
We are giving away FREE TREE saplings
Donated by the Audubon Society

Trees will help:
· Save energy costs
· Help clean our soil and air
· Protect the environment
· Create better habitats for animals

2500 free saplings will be divided up for planting around the area. Stop by and pick up your trees! Bald cypress, maples and oaks will be given away from 10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, March 22 at Lower 9th Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet St. New Orleans LA 70117.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Elderhostel team does 4 day "magic" at the Village!

We had a very special group from the Elder-
here from March 10-13. The group "fell through the cracks" as far as having a place to work and the Village saw it as "they fell into our hearts" to us. They were 44 members strong and also a group to be reckoned with, that's for sure. Bringing incredible energy, they took the exterior of the building on with full force and then started on the inside. These "senior citizens" were anything but... We went through some 30 gallons of paint on the exterior, 10 gallons of interior paint, 60 bags of mulch and tons of dirt/weeds in the gardens around the building. This picture says it all...the entire exterior of the building was painted, where ever could be reached with a ladder or scaffolding, dirt dug, weeds pulled and mulch put down. That's not even mentioning the inside. What a great group of people. They touched our hearts, that's for sure. One of their members wrote a poem, it's denoted below.

A New Song for New Orleans by Phyllis Stump

A Song For New Orleans
by Phyllis Stump
March 12, 2008

Someone asked me
if I had written a poem
about our work in New Orleans
(and it was only Monday!)
I said, "No, but I'll try."
So here I am,
after dinner on Wednesday
reconstructing the thoughts
that ran through my head
all Tuesday night, such as:
we won't remember everyone's name,
but we won't forget Mack
and his passion for a new-found game,
of giving back to ease the pain
of losing so much.
We won't remember each other's faces
or the dates of the places we passed on the way.
To the sad gray building
where we arrived that day
to discover why we were here.
But we'll remember the myriad shades of green
that turned that tired old structure
into a beacon of light,
where good things could happen to good people.
We won't remember all the facts or the history, 
the architecture, the reasons behind the flood, 
or the difference between upper and lower river,
but we'll remember scraping paint, hammering nails, 
cutting lumber and digging weeds,
accompanied by aching backs, cuts and scrapes,
and just plain tired muscles we didn't know we still had.
We won't remember what or who we didn't take a shine to,
but we'll remember college kids who came to help
from all over, giving up their spring break.
And the people who stopped to say, "Thank You,"
when we were the ones who were thankful,
for the feeling of being one of them, even for a short while.
Six short days ago, we were separate beings,
whirling along on this needy planet, 
now we are a community
and each one of you has become a part of the poem
I'm trying to write. 

Saturday, March 8, 2008

T-Shirts for The Lower 9th Ward Village are HERE!!!

T-shirts are available for $10 each. If you want a t-shirt shipped to you, please include $5, $1 for each additional shirt to be shipped (plus the cost of each additional shirt). T-shirts are available in S, M, L and XLG. Go to our main website,, if you want to pay on line. If you want your t-shirts mailed, make check payable to: Teagras (Village in the memo) and mail your order to: Lower 9th Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet St., New Orleans, LA 70043. Any questions, please call us at: 504-948-0777. 

Monday, March 3, 2008

We've come a long way baby!

We've come so far! We just received some early pics...back about Sept 07 that depicts just exactly how much this place has shaped up! Here's a pic taken 7 months ago and one taken March 31, 2008. Lower 9th Ward Village growing everyday. Check it out... 

Movie Night at Lower 9th Ward Village!

Beginning March 15th, from 5pm-9pm, we will be having Movie Night! We have 2 projectors. We are looking to have 2 movies going at the same time, in different parts of the building, one for the younger children and one for the older teens/adults. LEEP has partnered with us to begin this feature at the Village. We thank them for the donations of the projectors, movies, popcorn...everything to make Movie Night happen in a big way! The Village especially acknowledges Brandon Hollier, son of Angie Hollier (of LEEP) for his contribution of a DVD projector. Brandon did landscaping jobs to raise the funds to purchase the projector and then chose to give it to the Village. Brandon is a teenager himself and we appreciate his gift of giving to the Village.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Historic Green coming March 8 - 23

Historic Green will be utilizing the space as their headquarters at the Village to host their event March 8-23. There is still an opportunity to register on line. Go to: The Lower 9th Ward Village is excited to be a part of this great cause. Why attend?

What Historic Green is saying:
Restore, Preserve, Sustain – it all sounds good, we know, but there’s something really special going on here. Get hands-on experience with sustainable design and preservation. Make a difference to families in need. And help us green a historic neighborhood on a scale never attempted before – the nation’s first carbon neutral community.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

SULA hosting Pit Bull Health Clinic at the Village March 1

The SULA foundation is hosting a Pit Bull vaccination clinic and Pit Bull mixes on Saturday March 1st, from Noon-2pm at the Village. A licensed vet using valid medications will administer shots. 
Rabies - free
Distemper - $5 donation
Bordetella (kennel cough) - $5 donation

The Village is providing a place for SULA to host this event. The Village takes no responsibility regarding any aspect of this event. All parties are solely responsible for their dogs and bringing/monitoring them while at the location at 1001 Charbonnet, New Orleans LA. All dogs must have collars and be on leashes. Upon completion of services, we ask that you kindly depart the premises to allow for others to come in. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

Monday, February 25, 2008

Fundraiser March 8th!

The Village is having a fundraiser, March 8th. Tentative time is 11a.m. @ the Village. We'll be serving red beans and rice...and some other items as well. Come join us for some good old fashion New Orleans cooking! Tickets are $10.

Landscaping, excavating, a waterfall... going on at the Village!

Troy Winters of Mustard Seed Ministries came to New Orleans on February 2nd. He and friends were here for about 10 days, doing what they do best. The exterior of the Village will never be the same. He brought with him Dean's Excavating and Great Lakes Landscaping and Supply, from Michigan. They brought their equipment, trees, plants, and most of all spirit, bringing hope to the outside of the building and to the Village. 

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Movie Furniture for Rent!

The Village is now renting movie furniture. We have vintage furniture for rent and it has been photographed, numbered and currently stored in a dry place. We can send you a CD with all the furniture on it. Pick and choose at your leisure.

To order a CD or to set up rental, call us at: 504-948-0777.