New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas and Eden House Founder Kara Van de Carr describe the Eden House model

Eden House is a two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited.  Modeled after Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, Eden House provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost.

Through Eden House, women receive wrap-around services such as counseling, education, and job training.  Since addiction is often connected with prostitution, a twelve-step program is part of the Eden House model.

The program is expected to be highly successful: two and a half years after beginning the program, 72% of the women who join Nashville’s Magdalene House are clean, sober, and no longer working in prostitution.

Eden House currently supports seven residents, each of whom are in varying stages of recovery.


Eden House is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.