Harry Tompson Center
The Harry Tompson Center is a day shelter that offers life-saving services to fulfill the basic needs of the homeless of New Orleans. We believe in meeting the needs of our guests in a way that offers compassion, dignity and respect. See "More About Us" for a list of some of the services we provide.
• A safe space to gather and rest during day-time hours
• Case management and housing navigation services
• Restroom facilities and water fountains
• Showers, shaving sinks and hygiene supplies
• Laundry services
• Free local and long-distance phone calls
• Medical clinic providing basic health & mental health services through professional volunteers
• Legal services through Project HELP volunteer attorneys
• Assistance in administering 2 housing programs for chronically homeless persons with Depaul USA
"People assume that you failed or are lazy. They don't know my struggle. As Frederick Douglas once said, 'without struggle there is no progress.' I use that as my motivation. I come to the Center because I like the name 'Rebuild.' It's rebuilding my life, not just on the outside, but on the inside. I feel like by coming here I have been cleansed."
"I am very grateful to those who took the time and effort to help me move off the streets into my own apartment. It's thanks to the help, guidance, and encouragement given to me by the staff and volunteers that I made it to where I am today... My faith has been strengthened. The experience doesn't hurt anymore, so it has helped me to have faith that God is watching out for me. The hardest part was letting go and letting God be in control- trying to be in control while on streets was really difficult."
"Jessica [HTC Case Manager] is a blessing and a guardian angel. I look forward to seeing her every day. She really is trying to help me get off that ground… It's real scary out there, you don't know if you are going to make it through the night."
"What keeps me positive is knowing that I always have tomorrow. I have a new day to look forward to and to me that is promising enough. Also seeing people happy and having good news always keeps me going...Many of us just want to do good in life and be respected individuals. We don't deserve to be disrespected or treated badly because we have no money. The people here never look down on us."
"The hardest part about being homeless is not knowing who is standing over you. And not knowing if a rat's going to bite you. And the heat... Now [that I'm housed] I have peace of mind. I'm able to take a bath and read. Sit in the backyard and barbeque. And thank God I'm not outside in that heat anymore."
"I am a wall
Lean on me
Attach your ideas
Build on me
I have a foundation
Truth build me
And I encourage you
To rebuild me"
Poem by guest Mark about the Rebuild Center