NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  LINDY'S PLACE INC.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           1821 Dryades Court, New Orleans, LA 70113

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. BOX 872872, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70187

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0143

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $900,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Sr. Marjorie Hebert, MSC-President
CEO Catholic Charities
2200 Halsey Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114
504-722-0068 (cell)

Mary Van Meter – Treasurer
Medical Practice Manager
17 Carriage Lane
New Orleans, LA 70114
504-361-5666 (cell)

Dr. Bridget Brahney Lauden- Secretary
121 Château Latour
Kenner, LA 70065
504-352-5118 (cell)
504-888-6860 (office)

Denise B. Bro
1303 Bordeaux Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
504-895-1645 (home)

Joann Cook
Community Organizer
United Methodist Church
2232 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113
504-522-6057 (office)
504-444-4013 (home)

Paula Evans
General Manager
c/o Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront
380 Santa Rosa Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6136
504-275-6827 (cell)
850-243-9444, ext. 6827 (office)

Marcus Green
504-237-4714 (cell)

Renee Peck
1215 Seventh Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
504-813-6850 – cell

Loretta Petit
Programming – AM 940 WYLD
929 Howard Avenue (office)
New Orleans, LA 70113
504-620-0991 (office)

Margie G. Stewart – Advisory Member
Case Manager
35 Cynthia Street
Westwego, LA 70094
504-236-2585 (cell)
504-269-0184 (office)

Suzanne Stouse
1239 Fern Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
504-975-0009 (cell)
504-865-8336 (home)

Mary L. Smith
Executive Director
1821 Dryades Court
New Orleans, LA 70113

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Lindy's Place seeks to create an enhanced program for women that are homeless, at risk of homelessness, are fleeing domestic violence, are in need of re-entry services or are otherwise in crisis.The program's focus will be on developing skills, education and training as key components to break the cycle of homelessness for residents and non-residents in Central City New Orleans.
While secure housing in a supportive environment will be the first priority, the program will be designed in a way that moves beyond ‘houselessness’. Lindy’s focus its efforts more broadly on including fundamental skills development (literacy and numeracy), basic skills and middle level skills, as a way towards improved employment and education outcomes, more productive connections with the community and increased social inclusion. Lindy’s will actively address current homelessness and initiate steps to prevent future homelessness by establishing and sustaining long term housing for all those who need it, while addressing the broader issues around education and employment that contribute to people bordering or staying in the homeless cycle. For some residents, a simple and temporary shelter solution is the main thing needed. Lindy’s will provide a transitional option within an eight-bed shelter which is meant to provide a safe, supportive environment where residents can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness or kept them homeless, and begin to rebuild their support network. For other residents, Lindy’s will offer enhanced accommodation which moves towards a less institutionalized environment. Women will share one of three bedrooms in a single apartment rather than in a shelter, while still having access to supports that are portable. This means these residence experience greater independence and are able to smoothly transition from homelessness to self-sufficiently. This new residential model was inspired by a successful approach used in the UK and recently in a few US programs, the Foyer Model. Foyers have been adapted and implemented US to include not only housing and links to employment, but also access to education, training, life skills development and on-going case management support.

To address the skills training component, Lindy’s will implement a 13-part series entitled "Taking Our Own Learning Seriously for Work" (TOOLS) training. The program was developed by the Marin Literacy Society as a means to address and close the skills gap that stands between low to very low income women and the basic employment they seek. The program is designed to workers identify and attain the education they need in the areas of communication, thinking and problem-solving, and basic skills Each session is 90 minutes and will take place prior to the start of the two hour sessions.

TOOLS Program Outline Topic Areas:
Why Are You Here: Introductions
How People Learn
Remembering What You Learn: Practices
Get There from Here: Set a Goal
Get There from Here: Reach a Goal
What You Can Offer: Skills
What’s Important to You: Values
What Employers Want: SCANS
The Culture of Work
Reading and Writing
Getting By or Getting Ahead: Motivation
Employment Goals
Next Steps

TOOLS for Work will give Lindy’s staff a vehicle with which to play their role in the continuum of service moving recipients from welfare to work. Lindy’s will advocate for and address the needs of low literate adults who need to find a job, keep a job or improve their employment status. T.O.O.L.S. for Work is one device to help Lindy’s to determine the next steps for each client. TOOLS training will be made available for Lindy’s residents and non-residents who are homeless, rough sleepers, at risk of homelessness, are unemployed or under-employed and wish to attain quality employment.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $300,000
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $250,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $450,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Lindy's Place endeavors to assist homeless unaccompanied women in their attempts to break the cycles of homelessness, domestic violence, unemployment and poverty by empowering them to become emotionally and economically self-sufficient, so that they may become contributing members of society.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The goal of Lindy's services remains the same: to break the cycles of homelessness, unemployment and poverty. Lindy’s financial and supportive services, along with its proposed enhanced skills training and advocacy, serve to ensure the long-term success of the women transitioning into independence.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           3 years

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  n/a

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Mary Smith 
                                       address:  P.O. BOX 872872, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70187
                                       phone:  504-821-1006
                                       fax:  504-821-1007
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director