The “River of Hope” Mental Health Resource Center was originally operated in 2007 by “River of Hope” volunteers and funded by private donations. In December 2008, the Resource Center received a grant from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Community Based and Rural Health Programs. The Resource Center offers free walk-in mental health support.
Located on Claiborne and Alvar Street in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, the Resource Center is designed to assist the people of the Ninth Ward through education, counseling and referral services. The Center’s community partners include the New Salem Baptist Church and faculty and students of Tulane University Medical School.
The Mental Health Resource Center has three main components:
- Community Education
- Resource and Referral
The program, which includes outreach both through education and access services, is designed to serve those who might not otherwise be served. The “River of Hope” project believes that no single type of service will be the best for everyone. Consequently, the project’s activities include identifying the necessary and essential services for each person through effectively screening, building awareness, advocating, supporting, and accompanying, when necessary.
Since January 2009, the “River of Hope” Mental Health Resource Center staff and volunteers have involved the local community through monthly therapeutic drumming circles, health and wellness fairs, stress management groups and art therapy groups for children.
- Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
- Thursdays 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Fridays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Saturdays 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM