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8:33 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Hammond Garden Center A Place To Connect

Options staff Linda Vise, Christie Gardner and Louisa Landwehr on a recent Saturday morning.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

A nonprofit organization in Hammond called OPTIONS aims to help people with disabilities find meaningful work, and to also facilitate meaningful community relationships.
 

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9:16 am
Wed March 25, 2015

St. Tammany Humane Society Helps Animals And Their Owners

A long line snakes around the parking lot at the Castine Center near Mandeville as people wait to get vaccinations for their dogs at the St. Tammany Parish Humane Society's annual low cost vaccination and adoption event.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Stray animals are a big problem all over Louisiana, including on the Northshore. Once a year the St. Tammany Parish Humane Society organizes with other local shelters to provide a huge low-cost vaccination clinic and adoption event called Woofstock.

Norman Billiot of Lacombe stood in a long line that stretched far down the block outside a big building at Pelican Park in Mandeville.

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7:18 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Northshore Shelter Provides Safety For Victims Of Human Trafficking

Beth Salcedo, cofounder of the Free Indeed Home for underage victims of human trafficking, sits in one of the rooms she decorated.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Rafael and Beth Salcedo have a mission — to help underage victims of human trafficking. Their newly-licensed shelter is intended to help young girls across the south.

 

Rafael Salcedo used to work as a counselor for the Department of Family and Children’s services. A few years ago he started to see young clients who had been victims of sex trafficking. It was disturbing to him and his wife Beth.

 

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8:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Volunteerism Thrives At Big Branch Refuge

Long-time local volunteers Jim Schmidt and Bill Jewell, along with winter volunteer George Burrier, deliver water to the crews.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge is between Slidell and Mandeville. Founded in the 1990s, it protects endangered birds and combats coastal land loss. It’s not just wildlife that thrives at Big Branch. The park’s volunteer program brings people of all ages and backgrounds together.
 

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9:36 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Unique Counselors On The Northshore Helping Peers With Mental Illness

Peer support specialist with NAMI-St. Tammany, Roxanne Skal, leads support groups for people with mental illnesses and substance addictions.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in St. Tammany Parish is trying something a little new: training people who have mental illnesses to help people with similar problems.

Roxanne Skal is a Peer Support Specialist. She works with a variety of people, both in community support groups and at the Northlake Behavioral Health Center in Mandeville. A couple times a week, she drives from her office on one side of Northlake’s campus to a little brown brick house on the other side, where she leads a group for recovering alcoholics.

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5:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Center In Slidell Reaches Out To Men

Mark McVille stands in front of his cubicle at the Miramon Men's Center in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Homelessness is a big issue in the New Orleans region, one that extends to the Northshore. Winter is particularly hard — shelters fill up, it is cold, and there is often nowhere to go. It can be especially hard for single men, and one organization is Slidell is trying to help.

Mark McVille has been homeless for two years. He has worked as a tugboat captain and construction worker, and was in the army for a while. He always had a pretty good job and had no problem supporting his kids.

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6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Event Connects Kids And Cops With Dump Trucks

Rodney Keys of Madisonville demonstrates how his dump truck works at the annual Touch A Truck event.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

An organization in Covington is doing what it can to help families of children with disabilities.

Northshore Families Helping Families is a family-driven resource center that provides information and referrals for families along the Northshore. One of their key events is called “Touch a Truck.” It’s a fundraiser for the organization, but also an opportunity for kids to interact with law enforcement and have fun.

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3:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Boxing Gym Helps At-Risk Youth In Slidell

Dupre and Shedee Strickland offer programs for at-risk youth at their boxing gym in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Anointed Hands Boxing Gym on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell is a modest facility, filled with loud music and kids. It is kind of like a community center — the coach taught a group of kids how to hit the boxing bags while others played on gym equipment and parents joked at the front desk.
 

 It is not necessarily what you would expect at a boxing gym. That could be because the owners, Dupre and Shedee Strickland, aim to do more than offer training for aspiring boxers — they want to help.

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10:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mandeville Night Air Filled With Music From Historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall

The Dew Drop Jazz Hall is located in a residential area in Mandeville just three blocks from Lake Pontchartrain.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.

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4:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Covington Food Bank Reaches Out Through Dental Clinic

The Covington Food Bank's dental clinic served about 900 people in 2014.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

When you are down on your luck in Louisiana, dental care can be hard to come by. Medicare doesn’t cover it for adults, so many low-income people have to rely on volunteer dentists and special clinics that often have long waitlists. In Covington, the Food Bank has made helping these people a priority.

The Food Bank provides food for those in need, but they also have a thrift store, an emergency assistance center and a dental clinic. They call these their “core ministries,” and hope the services target the community’s primary needs.

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