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8:00 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Northshore Thrift Store Offers Cat Therapy

St. Francis Animal Sanctuary thrift store cat room volunteers Dawn Edmonson, Sandy Grabner, Sibyl Eckert and Barbara Croznier are self-proclaimed cat ladies.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Thrifty shoppers often seek hidden treasures and surprises at thrift stores. But visitors at one store outside New Orleans can also help stray animals.

The St. Francis Animal Sanctuary thrift store offers a unique gathering place for the Mandeville community — a room full of happy cats.
 

Sometimes customers are surprised when they notice one corner of the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary thrift store is screened off. It holds about 20 cats, who lounge around and play with one another while volunteers sit in recliners and pet them.

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8:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Mandeville Market Builds Community

The Mandeville Trailhead has hosted the community market for the past 13 years.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Every week in Old Mandeville, the gray stucco train depot comes alive for the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. Sponsored by the city, it saw about 24,000 visitors last year and hosts about 60 vendors every Saturday.

The market is a place to buy local crafts, soap, honey, baked goods and plants. Plus, it provides many with companionship and community.

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8:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Linen Service Provides Opportunities For Northshore Residents To Gain Independence Through Work

STARC worker Burnell Vaultz loads up a washer at the commercial linen service outside Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

It’s not easy finding a job, especially one you really love. It can be even harder for those with physical and mental disabilities.

An organization in St. Tammany Parish aims to help people gain independence through work.

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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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