GiveNOLA day this year is May 1, 2018.
What is GiveNOLA Day?
GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits, creating a thriving community for all.
Last year alone over 4.5 million dollars was raised for the New Orleans community, and GiveNOLA Day has previously generated over $10,000 for Eden House!
Why support Eden House on GiveNOLA Day?
Every day, Eden House works to eradicate the trafficking and selling of human beings. We create systemic change through: youth prevention; education and legislative advocacy, and recovery and reentry services for victims, including long-term shelter. Since our first resident arrived in 2012, Eden House has housed 50 residents and assisted over 250 women through direct outreach, advocacy, and consultations.
As an independently and locally funded organization, Eden House relies upon donors and private organizations to partner with us in empowering women.
Your generosity will go towards providing counseling, healthcare, and career services for our residents, as well as facilitating advocacy and prevention programming in our community. Supporting Eden House means giving our residents a chance at a new life full of healing, love, and opportunity.
How does GiveNOLA Day work?
In addition to individual donations, nonprofits participating in GiveNOLA Day can also earn hourly prizes and awards based on the number of hourly donors. At the end of the 24-hour event, each organization will also receive a portion of The Lagniappe Fund, created by the Greater New Orleans Foundation in partnership with sponsors. Each organization’s portion corresponds to their proportion of total donations made on GiveNOLA Day. So if Eden House receives 10% of the donations made on GiveNOLA Day, then we will receive 10% of the Lagniappe Fund.
Who can make a donation on GiveNOLA Day?
Anyone! Donors from across the country can support organizations by giving at least $10.
How do I give?
On May 1, 2018, starting at 12:00 a.m. and for the next 24 hours, you can go to https://www.givenola.org/eden-house and use your credit or debit card to donate to Eden House. You can search for Eden House by name and enter the amount you want to donate on our donation page, with a minimum of $10. There is no limit to the maximum size or number of donations you can make, and you may give to as many different nonprofits as you’d like!
All gifts are 100% tax-deductible! You will receive a tax receipt from the Greater New Orleans Foundation via email immediately after your gift is made.
Do I have to donate on May 1?
No! You can schedule an early-giving donation starting on April 24 by creating an account on GiveNOLA.org and using the instructions above. Your donation will be completed on May 1. You will receive a confirmation email upon submitting the form, and will receive an email receipt on on May 1, 2018, when the donation is processed.
Thank you so much for choosing to support Eden House this year on GiveNOLA Day. Your gift will help to change the lives of our residents and give them a hopeful future!
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Frances says that she tries to not take herself or her work too seriously, leading to her fun and colorful designs.
Frances Rodriguez is an artist with plenty of art to show. You can find her artwork in different galleries, art exhibitions, in restaurants around the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and in our Especially Eden gift baskets.
Frances always knew she wanted to be an artist even before she truly became one. She is originally from Alabama, but when she turned 18 she moved North to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning her B.F.A in Textile Design, with a concentration in Art History. Although she had strived four years in school, the fear of failure prevented her from making art right after she graduated. But, when her daughter was born she started painting the shotgun houses they saw when they went for their walks, and she hasn’t stopped since.
She now works with many different mediums, such as illustration and watercolor paintings, but working with textiles is still her favorite. “Textiles,” she says, “bring together all the colors and textures that I personally gravitate to, but it is very physical work.” She finds balance from the heavy work of sewing textiles with the calming practice of painting. She also finds balance within her busy day by focusing on nature and the natural aspects of life in the South. She says that the textures, colors, and sounds of nature bring her to a “quiet joyous place”.
Not only does the swampy, humid, wildlife of the South inspire her; music also plays a major role in her life as an artist. When asked who she would choose to work with, dead or alive, she chose Bob Dylan. She is excited by the ways in which music and art intersect with each other. Music and art can create a harmonious relationship where an artist and a musician understand each other through their own creative language. So it makes sense that her husband is also a musician -- a violinist from the Caribbean. She can draw inspiration from notes and lyrics from him and and other musicians; while visual art can inspire beautiful sounds.
“Keep going. Don’t stop. Persevere.” These were her words after I asked what her advice would be to someone who is creative or wants to become an artist. As a survivor of human trafficking, hearing those words made me feel hopeful and encouraged.
Frances heard about Eden House from a number of sources: through Trinity Church, a personal friend, and through the counseling program she attended at Loyola. Once she heard about Eden House she knew she wanted to give back back to an issue that she once had been “ignorant” to. Now her art is supporting survivors of human trafficking, and we are so pleased to have her as one of our vendors for Especially Eden. Frances has been a huge contributor to our social enterprise by designing our notecard and other promotional materials. You can also find her beautifully designed mugs in our Dreamer Basket.
Written By: Eliza, Social Enterprise Assistant
Have you ever just wanted to be a part of something? Something divine, that changes lives and gives back? I am pleased to share with you Especially Eden, a social enterprise that has recently blossomed from Eden House, a residential recovery program for survivors of human trafficking.
The purpose for our gift basket enterprise is to spread awareness of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a real, significant issue. I know because I am a survivor and I myself did not know it was real and did not know that what I was going through even had a name. Through this amazing program I am more aware and I see my experience through a different perspective.
People are starting to see what is really going on, and are educating themselves on the signs of trafficking and what resources are available in the community. Human trafficking is not just found in movies; it is a real concern, and people are finally being rescued. People are also now donating to give women like me a safe place to live and a chance to rebuild a part of our lives that we thought was lost.
I am a current resident at Eden House and started volunteering for the social enterprise last year. I found myself busy and I caught on very quickly. Soon my heart started to beat for this new project, and I knew I wanted to be on their team. My now supervisor must have seen potential in me. She asked me to apply to work at Especially Eden, and I did just that. As soon as I got the job I felt important and trusted, and that my ideas were valuable.
Through this enterprise I continue to learn and I am constantly growing. Being a part of Especially Eden has allowed me to be more involved with spreading awareness and has given me the strength to share my story. Participating in this program is helping me to be the woman I plan on becoming: an advocate for people of all genders, races, and ages who are or were sexually exploited.
I have grown considerably with this business. Now I want to help take Especially Eden to the next level. I have so much hope and passion for this social enterprise. These baskets are assembled by survivors like myself to give back and show you our appreciation for simply acknowledging that this issue is happening all over the world, including in your area. I am proud to be employed by this company, standing together and making a difference in lives.
In each basket I assemble, I put a touch of love in it to thank you for your support. Through these baskets we are creating a community of love, and we can all spread awareness of human trafficking.
Written by: Eliza, Social Enterprise Assistant and Eden House Resident
We have some exciting news here at Eden House! This Spring, three of our residents will be graduating from our two-year program. Each resident will be moving into her own apartment and will need furniture and other items to make her new place feel like home. Our donors play an important role in helping residents with each step of their journey in recovery, including their transition out of our program and into a new life. Below is a list of items that all three of our graduates will need, along with personal statements from each resident:
Graduation Date: Mid-June
In preparation for her graduation, this resident has been looking back on her experiences at Eden House and all she has learned while here. She said that the most important lesson she learned at Eden House was finding out who she is and who she wants to be in the future-- an empowered, healthy woman who is excited about being an advocate for people. Before coming to Eden House, she sustained a painful back injury, making activities like vacuuming and mopping very difficult for her. Her special request for her new home is a Roomba vacuum cleaner, so that she can do her chores without hunching over.
Graduation Date: Early July
This resident is most looking forward to graduation because she will be reunited with her two children. Her son and daughter will be moving to New Orleans to live with her and go to school in the area. Her requests for her new home revolve around furniture for her children. She is specifically looking for bed sets and dressers that would look nice in the same room, as they will be sharing one. She is also a big fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and would love an Alabama “A” for her new front door!
If you are interested in providing any of these items for our residents, contact Courtney at email@example.com. As graduation rapidly approaches, we could not be more thankful for donors like you; every gift makes an impact on the lives of our soon-to-be graduates. Moving into a new home is always a difficult process, but for our residents it marks a crucial transition in their lives. Thank you for your continued support of Eden House!
Over the holidays, we sold bracelets made by our residents to benefit Eden House. We are currently trying to assess if there is a demand for additional bracelets, and how customers would like to purchase them. Please participate in our brief survey to help us assess interest.
The residents of Eden House are always grateful for donations, but especially during the holidays. Cold weather is coming fast, four residents are beginning to think about graduation, and much of the furniture and appliances in the house are worn out or broken and need replacing.
Below are a number of ways you can give to Eden House, both financially and in-kind, and make a difference in the lives of trafficking survivors.
To give a financial donation to Eden House, you may mail a check made out to Eden House to our PO Box:
PO Box 750386
New Orleans, LA 70175
You can also donate using PayPal. Click here to donate.
Use Amazon Smile. When you select Eden House as your charity of choice, 0.5% of anything you spend on Amazon will be donated to our organization. Click here to get started.
To donate items to Eden House, contact our program assistant, Courtney at (504) 407-0943 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When donating items like furniture, we usually ask to see pictures of the items and have details about the dimensions to know whether or not it will fit in the house.
As cold weather approaches, Eden House residents are in need of winter clothing, including coats, warm pants, sweatshirts and sweaters. The sizes of our residents include 2, 4, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 24. If you have new or nearly new winter clothes in these sizes, our residents will gladly accept them.
There are a number of items that Eden House currently needs. Below is our holiday wish list for the house:
PLANNING FOR RESIDENTS' FUTURES
Finally, we have four residents who will graduate from Eden House in the late Spring and early Summer. These residents have worked hard to complete our two-year program and are ready to enter the world on their own. They are in need of furniture for their new homes, including chairs, couches, tables, dressers and beds. We are also in need of a storage facility in order to keep furniture that has been donated for our residents while they complete the program.
We always welcome individuals and groups who are willing to give their time to help Eden House. We currently need volunteers who can serve as handy people and help with maintenance on the house. Contact our office at (504) 407-0943 if you have maintenance skills you think Eden House could use.
The staff and residents of Eden House are always grateful for donations, both in-kind and financial. We are lucky to have a community who cares about our mission and wants to improve the lives of trafficking survivors. We are humbled by your generosity, especially during this busy holiday season. If you have any questions, please contact us at (504) 407-0943.
The Women of Eden House