New Orleans Mission’s Origins and Human Services

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New Orleans Mission
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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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Hogs for the Cause Partners with Children’s Hospital

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Hogs for the Cause
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A restaurant and nightclub owner and designer, Billy Blatty’s businesses have been featured in The New York Times, Maxim, and Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s Top 100 Bars & Clubs in the United States. A supporter of numerous New Orleans charities, Billy Blatty lends his expertise and financial assistance to Hogs for the Cause, an annual barbecue competition and music festival that raises funds to fight pediatric brain cancer.

In addition to its fundraising efforts, Hogs for the Cause recently partnered with Children’s Hospital to build a multimillion-dollar, two-story, on-campus housing facility for families outside of New Orleans with a child receiving extensive ongoing treatment at the hospital.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the facility will feature 14 private bathroom family suites equipped with flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and mini refrigerators. Common areas will include a family lounge on both floors with games and activities for the children, as well as multiple kitchen spaces and a laundry room.

To donate to the Hogs House build, visit https://www.hogsforthecause.org/hogs-house.