NEW ORLEANS – Mercy Family Center founders, staff, board members and supporters gathered this month to celebrate 20 years of serving New Orleans and surrounding communities. The center’s behavioral health programs, including Mercy Community Hope Project and Project Fleur-de-lis, help children and families learn to cope with natural disasters, domestic or community violence, anxiety, depression and other potentially traumatic societal and environmental issues. Mercy Family Center has three outpatient clinics in the greater New Orleans area.
Mercy Community Hope Project, funded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, assists children and adults directly affected by the BP oil spill. Project Fleur-de-lis, supported through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, and a local Baptist Community Ministries grant, focuses on helping children and families prepare for and deal with the effects of hurricanes and other natural disasters. In October, Project Fleur-de-lis was awarded a $1.6 million grant from SAMHSA, allowing it to continue into its fifth year within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN.org).
Mercy Family Center is one of three outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas supported by Mercy, the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., with 31 hospitals and nearly 300 outpatient facilities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Mercy Family Center New Orleans is located at 3221 Behrman Place, Suite 105 in New Orleans. The center may be reached by phone at (504) 376-2590.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.