Lindy's Place for Homeless Women planning new mission after closure

Lindy's Place, which helped homeless women in need, is now working on a new mission.

The rooms are empty at Lindy's Place, named after the late Congresswoman and Vatican Ambassador Lindy Boggs.

"I am very sad, just sometimes I don't let myself think about it," said case manager Sister Lillian Pawlik.

Close to 1,500 homeless women, up to 17 at a time, came through the program in 24 years, with nearly all finding permanent housing and careers. But the grant Lindy's Place depended on ended in June.

"Do you know that since we closed we have gotten so many phone calls, as we usually did, of women looking for shelter?" Sr. Lillian said.

So the Lindy's Place leaders are planning its new future.

"We would hope that we would be able to adapt the amount of funds that we receive to the needs of the women, perhaps we could help them, well I know we could, with the first month's rent," explained Sr. Clarita.

"This is my dream. I'm hoping that that we find a wonderful building that we can afford, and help women again," Sr. Lillian said.

Over the last three months as Lindy's Place closed, they've been working to find a new direction for the agency. They're starting their first fund raising this Sunday with a gala.

"Oh the gala is wonderful," grinned Sr. Lillian. "It's going to be at Rock N Bowl on Carrollton Avenue, so you can bowl, or if you don't want to bowl you can watch the Saints win."

"Kermit Ruffins, Charmaine Neville, James Andrews. We're going to have great food from Commander's, and Dookie Chase," added Sr. Clarita. "That will be the basis of our comeback. And you'll be using it to help homeless women? Definitely." Tickets are $50 at the door or online at http://www.lindysplace.org, or through their Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com\lindysplace.

(© 2016 WWL)


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