Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans …
Supported by St. Dunstan’s Outreach Ministry
All Soul's grew out of mission trips from throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and the national Church to provide relief, cleaning supplies, food, clothing, clean water, medical assistance, and spiritual counseling to residents returning to the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The church grew from a tiny group meeting in a garage to the present location in a former Walgreen's. Today, the mission of All Soul’s Community Center is to dismantle the cycles of poverty and violence in New Orleans Historic Lower Ninth Ward community by helping children achieve grade-level proficiency in reading and mathematics.
This church community has rehabilitated and transformed their physical space, with the assistance of generous donations and thousands of volunteers from around the world. In addition, they have expanded their program offerings and have become a lively community center where many services are provided and where local organizations are holding meetings.
The financial support provided by generous donations from St. Dunstan’s parishioners, as well as Outreach Ministry funds from the Rummage Sale and other Outreach-sponsored fundraisers, support the efforts of All Soul's in fulfilling their mission.
The members of St. Dunstan’s have a special relationship to All Soul's. The Reverend Lonell Wright, a member of St. Dunstan’s, was the Priest-in-Charge at All Soul’s and was responsible for getting this mission up and running. Lonell retired and returned to San Diego in December 2012.
Visit the All Soul’s web site at www.allsoulsnola.org to learn more about the wonderful programs serving the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans.