|The Nehemiah Restoration Project serves homeless, substance abusing men by providing a comprehensive 12-month residential treatment program that addresses their physical and mental health, trains them in life skills and job skills, and helps them to find jobs. The program works, through individual and family counseling, to reunite the men with their families in an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and support. All of our other programs serve the families of the Men of Nehemiah as well as needy families in the Central City area of New Orleans.
Most of the people we serve come from this neighborhood; however, the Men of Nehemiah who are referred to us by the courts, churches or social service organizations may come from anywhere in the city. They are generally the poorest of the poor. They are jobless, homeless, hopeless, out of touch with family and friends, without any network of social support. Besides their substance abuse disability, most of the Men of Nehemiah come into the program with a variety of health, vision and dental problems. Tuberculosis and HIV are not uncommon. Neither is schizophrenia or other mental health conditions.
Health, dental and psychiatric care have been provided by Healthcare for the Homeless, Charity Hospital and the VA. St. Vincent DePaul Pharmacy provides free medications. St. Thomas Clinic performs eye exams and Hospital Optical provides free glasses. St John the Baptist Community Center prepares our clients for their GED and provides job skills training. Life skills training is provided by Community Christian Concern. The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse teaches drug education and St. John #5 Baptist Church does HIV counseling and training.