Proceeds from the sale of the Maison Hospitaliere nursing facility in the French Quarter are endowing grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve women and their families.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation recently awarded $285,000 in grants from the Maison Hospitaliere Foundation. The grant recipients are:
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans: $20,000 for “Where Hope Lives.”
Bridge House/Grace House: $15,000 for Grace House Camp Street operations.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans: $20,000 for Voyage permanent supportive housing.
Covenant House New Orleans: $20,000 for a crisis center for young women and mothers.
Eden House: $20,000.
First Grace Community Alliance: $20,000 for Hagar’s House.
Kingsley House: $20,000 for the Kingsley House-Community Support Services Program (CSSP) homelessness prevention fund.
Lakeview Shepherd Center: $5,000.
Luke’s House Clinic: $15,000 for “Women’s Wednesdays: A Well-Woman Health Clinic at Luke’s House (Miercoles de la Mujer).”
Mercy Endeavors Senior Center: $10,000.
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children: $20,000 for “Shelter from the Storm.”
New Orleans Family Justice Alliance: $15,000 for support for an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter: $20,000 for sheltering and transition support services for homeless women and children.
Ozanam Inn: $10,000 for shelter vouchers for women and their children.
Providence Community Housing: $5,000 for community engagement and supportive services for women and their children.
Raintree Children and Family Services: $15,000 for Raintree House after-school personal development.
St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program, Inc.: $20,000 for domestic violence residential capacity building
The Salvation Army New Orleans Area Command: $15,000 for Overnight Emergency Families Program (Formerly named Women & Children’s Shelter Program).
Maison Hospitaliere got its start in 1879 when, in response to the number of impoverished women in the wake of the Civil War, Coralie Correjolles organized 30 women into “La Société Hospitalière des Dames Louisianaises” to provide them with food and medicine. The group became especially concerned by the plight of elderly ladies who, due to the loss of their husbands in the war, were destitute and living in squalid conditions. Through its collection of 10 cent monthly dues over 14 years, the Société was able to raise the money for its first building, 822 Barracks St., to provide residence for 20 women. Over the next 113 years Maison Hospitaliere evolved into a skilled nursing facility for both men and women.
Hurricane Katrina scattered both residents and staff across the country, and in November 2006, the board decided to close the facility. When Maison Hospitaliere sold its French Quarter complex for more than $4 million, the proceeds were incorporated into a grantmaking endowment.