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What is the Coalition for Community Connection?
The Coalition for Community Connection is an intergenerational cooperative of community leaders – educators, artists, entrepreneurs, public servants, faith leaders, and youth – creating holistic, community-centered solutions to issues of violence, food insecurity, and displacement in New Orleans’ underserved neighborhoods. We believe in the power of ‘right relationships’ between community members, to the environment, and within oneself to repair what decades of trauma and disenfranchisement have broken. N.O.U.R.I.S.H. (New Orleans Urban Restoration Initiative for Safe Havens) combines elements of restorative justice, the healing power of nature, cooperative economics, and an emphasis on trauma-informed care approaches to promote mental health and reweave the social safety net within our neighboring communities.  

We envision a New Orleans where Black and brown communities have the equity, resources, and power to shape futures of their own design, filled with joy and free from all forms of violence.

Our mission is to reclaim abandoned properties and repurpose existing spaces in underserved neighborhoods as dedicated sites for healing, relationship building, and economic growth to create safer, more self-sufficient communities with a dramatically decreased need for police interventions.

Let's Nourish New Orleans!
Lighthouses constructed as neighborhood safe havens and staffed by social workers, mental health counselors, healthcare professionals, youth mentors, conflict mediators, legal counselors, and career coaches will be located within neighborhood greenspaces that include edible landscapes and recreation areas designed and programmed specifically to facilitate multigenerational community engagement. With strategic relationships to nearby schools, clinics, businesses, community centers, churches, nursing homes, and childcare providers, each N.O.U.R.I.S.H. center will serve as an anchor tethered to the various buoys that harbor the close relationships and wraparound services necessary to keep community members afloat in turbulent times.

In addition to connecting neighbors with appropriate social services, N.O.U.R.I.S.H lighthouse staff and contractors will run youth mentoring programs, educate in and maintain the garden and edible landscape, connect unemployed community members with job opportunities, and facilitate mediation when conflicts arise. Each N.O.U.R.I.S.H. employee will reside within a specific radius of the lighthouse, be a recent member of the local community, or committed to spending a set number of hours participating in community-building activities outside of work. This will help build the trust and rapport necessary for our model of community engagement to root deep, ensuring that neighbors feel safe sharing their needs, challenges, and hopes with the people dedicated to building their capacity towards self-sufficiency and sovereignty reducing the need for police presence.

Equipped with open-air classrooms, public gathering spaces, and perennial produce, NOURISH neighborhood greenspaces will be hubs for community restoration that prioritize the relational, emotional, and physical health of the neighbors they serve. Horticultural programming will provide training in edible gardening including the harvesting and processing of produce and medicinal plants for local distribution. The planning, development, maintenance, and facilitation of the parks and their programming will produce on-site jobs, opportunities for entrepreneurship, and event-based revenue including a farmer’s market.

Additional services for childcare and transportation will be accessed through partnerships with community-based organizations to ensure that community members are able to fully engage with the resources and programming provided at the lighthouse and greenspace.

food insecurity (pantry, fresh produce, etc.), crime (theft, peer violence, etc.), mental health (isolation, boredom, loneliness, etc.), health disparities (nutrition, exercise, chronic illness, stress reduction, etc.)

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Our proposal asks the New Orleans City Council to apply funds within the NOPD budget to include the NOURISH model as an investment in harm reduction and wellness for New Orleans’ underserved neighborhoods. Please share why you believe the city of New Orleans should invest in the NOURISH model. *
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