Providence House provides short-term transitional housing in combination with an individualized support program including: education programs, child care, parenting, money management, and life skills development. Once families have met the program goals and expectations, they advance to “Project Next Step”, where they transition in to subsidized apartments throughout our community. They continue to receive case management and access to other services through Providence House for up to 2 years. When they graduate the program, the lease is signed over in their name where they continue to live long-term.
Volunteers of America’s LightHouse reaches out to families living in some of Shreveport and Bossier City’s poorest neighborhoods. We are a beacon of hope for those who strive to overcome poverty, illiteracy and joblessness.
A center of community life since 1986, the LightHouse offers a wide range of programs serving children, adolescents and their families. Our goals are educational achievement, economic self-sufficiency and productive citizenship.
We now serve around 600 children in six sites. We have three community-based sites: Downtown Shreveport, the Highland Center and Bossier City’s Scott Street Housing Complex. Our school-based sites serve students at Judson and Forest Hill Elementary Schools and Lakeshore Middle School.
The LightHouse is funded in part by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and The United Way Fund of The Community Foundation.
The Mercy Center is a 24-hour permanent supportive housing program for formerly homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Mercy Center is located at 740, 742, and 752 Austen Place, which is part of the historical Ledbetter Heights neighborhood. Mercy Center properties were originally built in the late 1800s. The specific mission of the Mercy Center program is to provide permanent, safe, and nurturing housing in which homeless persons with HIV/AIDS can live as productive and active lives as possible. The Mercy Center is the only residential facility of its kind north of Interstate 10 in Louisiana.
The Mercy Center was founded in September of 1989 by the now dissolved Northwest Louisiana AIDS Task Force. In 1993, under the management of Christus Schumpert Medical Center, Mercy Center was updated and expanded to serve fourteen individuals utilizing single occupancy rooms. In January 2001, Philadelphia Center took over management of Mercy Center. In 2011, Mercy Center opened The Bryan House which is a four-room apartment style town home. As of 2015, Mercy Center serves 19 men and women.
VOA McAdoo: Supported living program that provides a safe, decent environment for homeless adults with disabilities. Emphasis is on medication management, daily living skills and 24-hour support staff.