Louisiana – Shelters for Single Mothers

 Let’s say for a moment you’re a single mother and you raised your child/ children on your own without their biological father. You did well but then you came to a point where you sought out another relationship and you thought you had found it. Then came the insults about little things at first but they got bigger and sooner the physical abuse came, and when your child was exposed to that, you finally decided you want out. It’s not an easy situation but it’s the right thing to do and it’s a big step on your part to make that decision.

Let’s go with another scenario and say you thought you had everything under control until all the bills, the rent or mortgage, and everything else hit you at once. It landed you in debt and now you’re on the verge of becoming homeless and you need a place to go to until you get back on your feet. Especially since you do have a child/ children and you don’t want them or yourself living on the streets. While this situation is horrible, don’t feel bad because it does happen and it’s not something planned or wanted.

No matter what type of situation you’re in, you’re not alone and there are resources for you but finding them can sometimes be a frustrating, and for some people, intimidating task. Understandably you’re in a hurry to find these resources and I can’t say I blame you one bit for that. So I’ve provided you with this article that will provide you with a few resources that will hopefully help you no matter what situation you’re in.

New Orleans Women’s Shelter
Location: New Orleans, LA
website: http://nolawomenshelter.org/
You may think this is a domestic abuse but actually this is a homeless shelter for women and children in New Orleans. Not only do they provide warm beds and meals, they also provide job training and parental classes to mothers. They also offer resources and other opportunities to women that will help them succeed and get back on their feet.

LCADV: Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
website: http://lcadv.org/
This is a good resource for those who are suffering from domestic violence and need a way out or need some more information about it. This website is very resourceful, they have a lot of information, and they strive to help every victim and their children if they have children. There is a 24/7 hotline and I suggest you give them a call if you are in dire need for information about what they have to offer you.

Homeless Shelters
Location: Louisiana
website: http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=119
When you go to this website, it will take you to a page that lists all the cities in Louisiana and all you have to do is click your city to see what homeless shelters are around there. This should provide you with a good list of options in your area that way you can decide on a shelter near you and you can have more than one option in case the first option you chose doesn’t work out.

The Providence House: Domestic Violence
Location: Shreveport, LA
website: http://theprovidencehouse.com/index.php
This is designed to fight against family homelessness and they have a section for those who suffer from domestic violence. They offer programs to help women and families get back on their feet and succeed at life again so they can fight back from the situation they’re in. They have been fighting against these issues for over 20 years and they’re still going strong. They strive to help families no matter what size and no matter what situation and they judge nobody.

St Bernard Battered Women’s Program Inc
Location: Louisiana
website: http://stbernardbwp.com/Default.aspx
Now this is a program that fights against domestic abuse and it offers to help women and their children in bad situations. They offer a number of programs you can look over and if you have a question, you can email them or call their hotline. They also have community events that may make you feel more comfortable and help you with the situation you’re so you know that you’re not alone and that other women suffer from this too.

Keep in mind, these are only some of the shelters available in Louisiana and there are many more out there. If the search is just too overwhelming or too difficult for you, check the yellow pages or the yellow pages website. This can be a good website to check for addresses and phone numbers that you can call, and sometimes they will have 24/7 hotlines you can call. No matter what situation you’re in, you can get out and you can provide a safe environment for your children and yourself again as long as you don’t give up.

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