Abundance of Desire


Abundance of Desire exists to address the holistic needs of our neighbors in the Desire Community. We create unique opportunities to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually through coordinating physical activity, nutrition and personal development for persons of all ages. We support and provide space for community engagement, education, life skills development, intentional neighboring, and wellness.

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Category: Community Improvement
Parish: Orleans
Abundance of Desire is a neighborhood centered not for profit organization focused on holisti- cally improving the lives of the underserved through the tenets of health, education, and spiritu- ality. Our center will be the gathering place in Desire Community Square, where over 22,000 square feet (10k being a multi-purpose space) will host a variety of youth and community-driven activities and services. 2 large meeting rooms, a wellness room, a warming kitchen, and a child- care are other spaces where dreams will turn into opportunities to succeed through a variety of coordinated partnerships and programs.

What we do?

● Gathering Space - We provide free or inexpensive meeting space for community and civic engagement.
● Health & Wellness - We promote, facilitate and encourage healthy life choices through nutritional education, health seminars for all ages, physical activity and wholesome and nutritious menu items in our cafe'.
● Education - We offer after school tutorial in partnership with other nonprofits, a computer lab/library for adult exploratory learning and family reading/literacy co-facilitated with lo- cal community organizations .
● Classrooms & Multipurpose Space - We provide classroom space for partnering pro- grams, churches and community organizations.
Creating Opportunities is Abundance of Desire's motto and creed because we firmly believe that given the chance, resources and tools most people will choose to improve their lives and the lives of the community around them. We strive to give everyone an equal chance to grow in mind, body and spirit by providing the necessary tools for success!


2018 Fall Programming

All Fall programming is slated to begin September 6, 2018. Some programs and activities may begin mid August to satisfy partnership agreements.

Seniors

Due to the number of seniors in the area and the lack of senior services in the Desire/Florida Community, Abundance of Desire has teamed up with local organizations to provide our seniors with opportunities to be active and engaged in their health and wellness. All programs and ser- vices are free of charge at this time. Childcare will be available for all activities on a "case by case" basis.
● Zumba will be offered once a week. Classes will be taught by a community member who is a certified Zumba instructor.
○ Large meeting room; Multipurpose room
○ Showers are available at no cost for all seniors who participate in these class- es. 


● Yoga classes will be offered once a week. Classes will be provided by Peoples Health or a certified Yoga instructor.
○ Large meeting room
○ Showers are available at no cost for all seniors who participate in these class-
es. 

● Small Group meetings will be held weekly in partnership with Housing Authority of New Orleans. Senior services that are now being held in trailers will be transferred to our facility.
○ Wellness area; Café
○ Showers are available at no cost for all seniors who participate in these class-
es. 

● Lunches will be available once a week as an opportunity for seniors to gather while
they share a meal. Discounted healthy menu options are available and encouraged. 
 ○ Wellness area; Café
● Health Fairs will be offered monthly for seniors to be informed of preventative health and wellness practices and initiatives.
○ Multipurpose room

Young Adult

● Zumba will be offered once a week. Classes will be taught by a community member who's a certified Zumba instructor.
○ Large meeting room; Multipurpose room
○ Showers are available at no cost for all persons who participate in these
classes. 

● Yoga classes will be offered once a week. ○ Large meeting room
○ Showers are available at no cost for all persons who participate in these classes. 

● Small Group meeting space will be held weekly for local churches, colleges and non- profits.
○ Wellness area; Large meeting room

Youth

● Computer Literacy classes will be available two evenings per week. Access to AOD computers will be available during regular business hours on a first come, first served basis.
○ Small classroom
● Temple Fitness will be offered by a local ministry partner once a week.
○ Large meeting room
○ Showers are available at no cost for all persons who participate in these classes.
● After school tutorial will be available for all school aged children grades 4th-12th, September 2016 through May 2017. Tutors will consist of AOD staff and volunteers from local colleges and community organizations. AOD makes every effort to maintain a stu- dent:tutor ratio of no greater than 6:1, however if the need for assistance becomes greater than the number of quality volunteers available the desired ratio may be adjusted for a short period of time.
○ Small classroom; Multipurpose room
○ In the event of a client with "extenuating circumstances", showers are avail-
able at no cost for students with parental consent. 

● PrimeTime Family Literacy will be available for all families with children ages 6-10. Enrollment preferences will cater to the 70126 and 70117 zip codes on a first come, first served basis. PRIME TIME, Inc., a subsidiary of The Louisiana Endowment for the Hu- manities, will facilitate this program.
○ Small classroom; Wellness/Café