Our goal at Catholic Charities of Acadiana is to provide our clients with what they need. That could be a free meal, a warm shower, shelter, or all of the above. We strive to meet the basic needs of our clients. Our ultimate goal is that each of our clients gain self-sufficiency.
Seven months ago, out of a desire to provide safety to the unsheltered, Catholic Charities of Acadiana made a decision to begin operating a low barrier shelter. A low barrier shelter operates every night of the year and is offered to every person who needs shelter.
“Every night that someone sleeps on the streets of our community and faces the elements is an emergency that requires a response,” says Ben Broussard, Director of External Affairs for Catholic Charities of Acadiana. “We consider inclement weather to be only one of the elements people living on the street experience. Other elements are the inherent dangers posed to someone sleeping on the streets, such as violence, theft, and harassment.”