New Orleans Mission’s Origins and Human Services

New Orleans Mission pic

New Orleans Mission
Image: neworleansmission.org

An entrepreneur with a focus in restaurants and nightclubs, Billy Blatty is the sole owner or partner of nine establishments. Aside from working to build the respective brand of each business, Billy Blatty supports numerous nonprofit organizations, including the New Orleans Mission (NOM).

Created in 1989 to provide people who are homeless with essential services such as food and overnight shelter, NOM is the most prominent faith-based service provider to New Orleans’ homeless population. In its early years, the organization served as many as 80 guests each day at its shelter and had as many as 28,000 supporters. Its support base dropped significantly following Hurricane Katrina, but since 2012 NOM, under new leadership, has expanded its services and is helping more people than ever.

Today, NOM focuses on the three R’s of rescue, recovery, and re-engagement. Its rescue mission includes serving over 250,000 hot meals each year and providing shelter for as many as 230 people. The shelter population is often physically brought in from the street by NOM staff. Furthermore, the organization now provides addiction and mental health services to men and women, while offering a mentor program that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of relationships. Finally, NOM helps its shelter residents re-engage in society through vocational volunteer training, transitional housing, and church connections.

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