The story of Desire Community Square

After 15 years of very fruitful ministry in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA, Desire Street’s home was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But God used that to propel us forward to our next goal: today we are a catalyst reaching far beyond New Orleans. Our headquarters are now in Atlanta, GA but the plight of our “home” neighborhood is still dear to our hearts. So we invested our resources there and rebuilt a center for the community ― for a brighter future.

Desire Street Ministries, like others in the City of New Orleans, dreamed of rebuilding after the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina subsided. But our hope was not just to replace what was lost; we wanted to contribute to an improved quality of life in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, with the goal of encouraging development, growth and sustainability of the neighborhood.

We have now completed Desire Community Square! By partnering with other local non-profit organizations — Abundance of Desire, Daughters of Charity, and Kids of Excellence — we are bringing a community center, a comprehensive medical clinic and an early childhood center to the Desire community.

See how it all started:

We’re very grateful for a FEMA grant, which reimbursed over $8 million of costs for the new $11.1 million project. However, costs of certain architectural and project management fees, as well as landscaping expenses, fencing, security, paving and site utilities are not reimbursable under the grant. We are so grateful to all those who donated to cover these additional costs.