Love Your Neighbor NOLA founder, Nadia Sanchez, lost her mother to a senseless, random act of violence in New Orleans. Through her own tragedy, she and her family were inspired to teach people how to love themselves so that they may in turn love others. It is their hope that by providing a first line of care and support to families in underserved communities, they can positively impact families, as well as the larger community. Their life experience and awareness continues to drive and inspire the mission to show love, teach self love, and advocate for a kinder and gentler society.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
WHAT WE DO
The mission of Love Your Neighbor NOLA is to deliver hope to neighborhoods in New Orleans by bridging the gap between community and resources. We currently provide basic needs for families in an effort to alleviate financial stress and mental burdens that often diminish a family’s ability to thrive. It is our belief that a shift away from tangible necessities will allow families to focus on the intangible, including engaging in services that will enhance parenting skills, establish parents as leaders of their households, and improve overall health by committing to mental health resources.
As part of this mission, we currently provide hot meals, baby diapers and wipes, nursing supplies, baby and children's clothing, and hygiene supplies to families in New Orleans East. Consistent with many low income neighborhoods, the area we serve has a high rate of community violence and scarce mental health resources or outreach. Additionally, many people aren't aware of the resources available in their community. In hopes of focusing on prevention and disruption of the cycle of community violence, we have created this site to connect individuals with resources and referrals for: mental health, parenting support, and victim advocacy.
If you find that you are in need of these resources, please visit our "Resources" page.
If you are a business who would like to be included as a community resource, please Contact Us and include a brief description of your business or organization.
At Love Your Neighbor NOLA, we know the value mental health can play in the success of an individual. Because we value this, we have created an easy to navigate space where communities can find mental health resources and support. We believe a first step to stopping cycles of violence is by addressing trauma. We recognize that mental health care isn't the only step but it is a crucial first step to individual freedom through peace of mind and the ability to reenter society without constant triggers.
With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. We have the privilege of offering some of these resources via quarterly teachings and trainings. These include informational mental health sessions, as well as parenting classes, for both biological parents as well as caregivers. If you or someone you know are interested in registering for these classes, please visit our 'Resources' page and follow the prompts.
We believe a strong family unit can create the support and nurture that children need to set them up for success as adults. We also understand family units all look differently and have different sets of needs. Sometimes the financial demands outweigh our best efforts to provide. In an effort to fill the gap that families may experience, we provide basic necessities, such as diapers, wipes, and bottles. If you want to know how you can contribute to our effort to fill the gap please visit our "Get Involved" page.