Since 1955, Ozanam Inn has operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from 843 Camp Street. While we are massively grateful for its use, the needs of the community we serve as well as the city of New Orleans have changed a lot in the past 65 years. Additionally, the building itself is over 100 years old, and matenence on the heating, electric, and plumbing infrastructure had become a bugetary burden. That is why in 2020, when the City of New Orleans contacted us about a large, modern building becoming availible on the market, we seized the opportunity.
Our new facility at 2239 Poydras will be a massive boon to the programs and services that we provide. Foremost, our bed capacity will increase from 96 to 150, including, for the first time, a dormitory for women. On-site health clinics, operated by the Tulane School of Medicine, LSU School of Medicine, and LSU School of Dentistry, will have designated exam rooms to treat patients. A classroom will allow us to expand our job trainings and offer computer classes, and give a private space for our addiction counceling sessions. Finally, the new location opens opportunitues to reach more of our community in need, and is near many of the other services our clients rely on to make their transition to stable, healthy, independant living.
Contruction and renovations are currently underway, but still more needs to be done before Ozanam Inn can fully operate out of the new building, including building sleeping dorms, laundry facilities, contruction of a kitchen, and adding shower facilities. The renovation costs will be approximately $1.8 Million, of which to date we have raised $800,000. With the generous support of our donors and community, we are confident we will reach our goal and begin a new chapter at Ozanam Inn. If you would like to donate, please click here