Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need regardless of race, religion, age, ethnicity or economic status. CCANO offers life-giving programs, advocates for the voiceless, and empowers the poor and vulnerable no matter who they are.

The Tulane City Center partnered with Catholic Charities to develop a programmatic strategy for the Madonna Manor building located at Hope Haven Campus. The project integrated three community based programs (Jefferson Parish Care Center, Cafe Hope, and Hope Haven Farm) in one cohesive plan to help revitalize and reactivate the Campus.

The design for Jefferson Care Center provides temporary shelter for homeless people, as well as programs to reintegrate families in the community. Cafe Hope is designed as a fully operational service restaurant run on a social entrepreneurship business model that offers job skills for at-risk youth. Hope Haven Farm is envisioned as a sustainable biodiversity farming model to support the Cafe and to promote initiatives to produce and buy local products. The Farm and Cafe act as a collaborative platform for the community to help revitalize the iconic Westbank architectural landmark. The City Center helped with the schematic design of Cafe Hope and worked with all of the project’s collaborators to devise a site strategy and strategic goals to make the project a reality.


Project Lead

Marcella Del Signore

Project Team

Research and Design Team:
Kristian Mizes, TCC intern
Jason Liu, TCC intern
Thomas J Bogan, TCC intern

Pierre Stouse, structural consultant
Mike Ducote, electrical consultant
Chuck Sardi, mechanical consultant