New Orleans is a proud and culturally diverse town. People here tend to be close-knit, family-oriented and very laid back — hence the city’s nickname, “The Big Easy.” We have a rich, full culture that is known for its food and music, as well as religious beliefs and celebrations.
Area Demographics according to census estimates
New Orleans Population: approx. 391,000 people (Pre-Katrina: 455,000)
25.4% of the population lives below the poverty level
Median household income: $38,721
CrossRoads Missions New Orleans seeks to assist existing ministries to better serve their neighborhoods. Our full-time staff, interns, and volunteers serve alongside full-time Christ-centered workers to reach a broader community. Seeking to glorify Christ in word and deed, CrossRoads Missions is actively involved in a variety of ministry opportunities in New Orleans. Through an example of community, worship, and service, participants work together as the Body of Christ to display a testimony of the love of our Savior by being his hands and feet in acts of service.
Ongoing and recently completed projects include the following:
- Renovation of homes that were damaged by Katrina and other hurricanes and weather events
- Renovation of an office building
- Maintaining the long-running Capstone Community Gardens
- Organizing and participating in summer programs for neighborhood children
- Ministering to the homeless in New Orleans
- Maintaining community parks in St. Bernard Parish
- Renovating the Perrin House, which provides lodging for individuals beginning or currently working in ministry in New Orleans
- Constructing a new youth room for The Gathering, a community center in Arabi
- Assisting inner-city ministries, as well as new church plants
We have established a thriving network of ministry partners, all of whom are dedicated to serving the city with their own specific skills and passions. We assist individual homeowners as well as trusted housing development programs that seek to lower housing costs in their neighborhood. The during summer programs we work with at-risk youth and strive to get them “a step ahead” for school through ongoing academic programs. The New Orleans Mission houses and serves food to 150-200 individuals per day and provides a variety of programs to help people get back on their feet. Other projects include gardens, parks, schools, churches, and much more.
Organizations in New Orleans we have worked with recently include:
St. Roch Community Church
The Gathering community center in Arabi, LA
Rebuild Church and Ministries
Abundance of Desire, a community organization focused on holistic improvements
Capstone Community Gardens
New Orleans Mission homeless shelter
Camp Hope, a volunteer base camp in St. Bernard Parish
Thrive NOLA, providing affordable housing, job training, and business training
Launch NOLA, which seeks to empower and coach local entrepreneurs in New Orleans
Homer Plessy Community School
Come join us for a weeklong mission experience. Serve alongside us and our partners as we seek to build community together through serving the city. We have skilled staff that will lead you in meaningful projects, programs, and times of praise, study, and fellowship. The participant fee covers construction supplies, projects, outreach activities, meals, lodging, and devotional materials. Trips are open to all ages and family groups are welcome.
New Orleans – Weeklong Trips – $375.00