House of Charity
The House of Charity New Orleans seeks to model collaboration among member congregations of the Charity Federation, witness religious life to a new generation of young adults, serve persons who are poor in their rebuilding efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and offer opportunities for vocational discernment and volunteer service, especially to young adults. Hallmarks of the House of Charity include prayer, reflection, service, hospitality and intentional community.
Out of the ruins of Hurricane Katrina came a dream by several Sisters of Charity to have a collaborative ministry setting where discerners and young adults could visit, learn and volunteer together. The House of Charity New Orleans was established in 2010 as a hospitality and service ministry, and later moved to its permanent location in 2013.
In 2015, the idea of building an honorary home was born: The Seton Homecoming Project (The House that Elizabeth Built). The House of Charity established a formal partnership with the St. Bernard Project on The House that Elizabeth Built to bring homeowner Pamela and her children back into their home. Sisters and volunteers from all 12 Federation sister congregations provided funding and volunteer labor on this project and in May 2016, the house was completed!