(225) 336-8770

Department Director: Jennifer Hill

Coordinator: Linda Fjeldsjo 225-336-4406

Do you know a man about to be released from prison that doesn't have anywhere to live? No family? No hope? Catholic Charities Joseph Homes could be the first step to changing his life and starting anew. Regardless of his religion. Services include:

  • Housing in a private, clean efficiency apartment, maybe up to a year, in downtown Baton Rouge
  • Support in a caring environment from dedicated staff, fellow residents, past residents and volunteers
  • Referrals for job-finding, medical, counseling and substance abuse services
  • Money to help you move on if you successfully complete the program

To apply, obtain an application by mailing a letter to Catholic Charities, Attn: Prison Ministry, 1750 Laurel, Baton Rouge, LA  70802. Return the completed application.  Once the applicant is released, an interview will be scheduled with the Screening Committee. Joseph Homes can not be used as a resident plan for parole or pardon. Sex offenders are not eligible for services. Program fees are $75 a week. As a resident, program participants will be expected to:

  • Maintain stable employment and attend a weekly support group meeting
  • Remain drug free, pass random drug screens and participate in a 12-step program
  • Respect your fellow residents and surrounding neighborhood
  • Pay your program fees and follow Joseph Homes policy for housekeeping and more
  • Prepare and save for your future

Coordinator: Linda Fjeldsjo 225-336-4406

Works with the chaplains at the various prisons in the Diocese to reach out to prisoners, families of prisoners, troubled youth, and ex-offenders.

Want to become involved in prison ministries? Here's how:


  • Bring hope to inmates and volunteer with prison chaplains and inmate organizations
  • Organize collection drives for inmates, ex-offenders and their families
  • Refer people with loved ones in prison to a support group or start a group in your church
  • Offer a job and other support to ex-offenders 
  • Volunteer with Joseph Homes, Catholic Charities transitional housing for male ex-offenders
  • Advocate for prison reform, juvenile justice, capital punishment abolishment, reentry initiatives & more 



Coordinator: Lisa Lee

Location: St. Albert Student Activity Center, 409 W. Dakota, Hammond, LA

Programs and Services for the people of Tangipahoa Parish

Employment Services--Looking for a job? Catholic Charities’ experienced Tangipahoa-based staff can help. We’re a well-recognized job resource throughout the parish for people of all ages and faiths. Special programs exist for older workers, disaster survivors and persons with disabilities. For more information, call 225-303-4333.

Mental Health Counseling--Having a rough time getting through the tough times in life? Mental health counseling by Licensed Clinical Social Workers is available at St. Albert the Great Catholic Student Center. This low-cost, professional service is open to people of all faiths. Specialties include family, marriage and post-disaster counseling. Call 985-542-5455 for an appointment.

Family Achievement Center--Education and trainings with a common goal of self sufficiency. Offerings include community-based support groups for vulnerable populations, education for first time home-buyers, budgeting classes and family strengthening activities. Call 225-336-4406 for more information.



Click here to see more photos from the Open House.New name, new location, same commitment to mission
Hammond--On August 12, 2009, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge held an open house to celebrate the grand opening of Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa. The name change reflects the array of services Catholic Charities expanded into Tangipahoa Parish following Hurricane Katrina. Tangipahoa Cares was an emergency assistance program of Catholic Charities and the agency’s most widely-known service in the parish.
“Today, emergency assistance is only one service offered by Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa,” explained Lynn Gaudet, CCDBR Social & Community Responsibility Director.
Rather than focusing on band-aid assistance with short-term benefits, Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa works to break the cycle of poverty for families by offering a comprehensive roster of programs, like employment assistance, personal finance classes, mental health counseling and more.
“We help families help themselves and become more self-reliant,” said Gaudet.

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