The Thensted Outreach Center
|Director:||Mrs. Julia Richard|
|Sr. Alice Mills, RSCJ|
|Sr. Betty Renard, RSCJ|
|Mrs. Geraldine Jones|
P.O. Box 341
268 Church Street, Bldg. A
Grand Coteau, LA 70541
Established in 1982 under the guidance and inspiration of Sr. Margaret “Mike” Hoffman, R.S.C.J., the Thensted Center is named in honor of Fr. Cornelius J. Thensted, S.J. His mission of helping the poor in the area began in 1947 and continues today through the Outreach Center named in his honor. The Center operates primarily with support from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, and relies also on other donations, grants, and government funding sources.
REACHING OUT... The Outreach programs at the Thensted Center provide essentials like food and clothing to the economically disadvantaged. All recipients are screened carefully to assess eligibility. Programs include:
- Emergency Food Pantry
- Home Visits to elderly and shut-ins to assess needs,
- Thrift Store for clothing, furniture, and household items,
- Christmas Baskets containing food, toiletries, and household items.
BUILDING UP... Helping others to learn how to actualize their true potential is a key component of the Thensted Center mission. These programs, designed to build better lives, are geared toward both children and adults. They include:
- After School Tutorial for grades Kindergarten through 12
- The Summer Enrichment Program for children ages 6-17 offering academic and cultural recreational activities
- Counseling Services that provide sessions for individuals, families, and groups
- Empowering Seniors that includes bi-monthly education in spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and intellectual areas.
- Sub Bank and Budgeting teaches money management
- Career Education Program (CEP) helps high school students learn first-hand about career possibilities with on-the-job training.