Serving the Parishes of
Tangipahoa Parish
Livingston Parish
St. Helena Parish
St. Tammany Parish
Washington Parish

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47257 River Rd
Hammond LA 70401
 
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1968
Hammond LA 70404
 
Phone: (985) 345-1171
Fax: (985) 542-9878

 

Increasing the capacity of families to effectively care for their children.

 

New Horizons Youth Service Bureau Christmas
The spirit of giving is never more evident than at Christmas time at the YSB.  Local churches, clubs and individuals call the bureau months before Christmas to ask for lists of clients and their wants and needs.  They ask for specific children and families, their ages, sizes, and special wishes.  A couple of weeks before Christmas, packages start pouring into the agency to be delivered to our clients
No child in our caseloads goes without at Christmas time.  These organizations and individuals provide bicycles, clothes, games, dolls, Christmas stockings---every gift imaginable.  One family said their greatest wish was to be able to take their children camping, so a couple who had asked to adopt a family for Christmas, donated a tent, Coleman stoves, sleeping bags, fishing gear and bicycles for this family.  It was indeed the best Christmas this family had ever had, and they were able to spend quality time together for years to come.
Every year we have donors who have provided gifts for many years, as well as new organizations.  For example, last year the students of the Main Street Dance Studio provided gifts for several children, and the Ponchatoula Gardenettes provided gifts and copious, filled stockings.  Several churches fill our agency and vans with enough gifts for all of our client children and families.  We couldn’t help our families without the help of those such as First Presbyterian Church of Hammond, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Our Lady of Pompeii of Tickfaw, First United Methodist Church of Hammond, and Ebenezer Baptist Church of Tickfaw. .

Bike-A-Thon

One of our most enjoyable fundraisers is the annual Bike-a-thon held at Zemurray Park in the spring.  The Bike-a-thon features bike races for all ages, and prizes and awards for completing laps around the park. 

But the Bike-a-thon is a whole lot more than just bike races.  It’s a fun-filled day for the community, with activities the whole family will enjoy.  A favorite activity last year was the Rock Climbing wall, provided by the Army National Guard, as well as the Obstacle Course set up and manned by Spoga Fitness Center.  There was a face-painting table and an Adopt-a-Puppy table, offered through the Tangipahoa SPCA, and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department offered free finger printing child identification records to parents. 

At the Bike-a-thon, cold water is offered to the riders at intervals along the track, and a First Aid tent is on hand, complements of North Oaks Hospital.  There is continual lively music and announcements, thanks to Dr. Ted’s Music Center.  Prizes are awarded to winners in each of the age categories, and every child who participates receives a beautiful tee shirt, designed and printed by Creative Designs.  Last year there was lots of food, donated and cooked by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and cold drinks courtesy of Champagne Beverage.      

In addition to these donations and volunteer services, the Bike-a-thon relies on corporate sponsorships to make it a successful and fun day for many children and families, and provide much needed services for the families served by the Youth Service Bureau.  Last year we were blessed with the following sponsorships, without which we could not have hosted the event, nor provided services to our community:

Many thanks to all our Sponsors

Anniversary Celebration

Charles Martin, Mayor of Springfield, presented  Elizabeth Sawyer, Executive Director, and New Horizons Youth Service Bureau with  and American Flag donated by American Legion Post 258. Also present for  the 34th Anniversary Celebration were Mayor Mayson Foster of Hammond and Mayor  Bob Zabbia of Ponchatoula. Board President Mike Whitlow, President Elect  Rev. Bill Eubanks, Secretary Bill Eberhardt, Financial Officer Peggy Matheu, and  Clara Latino of the Board of Directors were also present for this event along  with other non-profit agencies and employees. Thanks to all who were able  to attend.

Ponchatoula City-wide Yard Sale

Each year in early summer, the Youth Service Bureau participates in the annual Ponchatoula Yard Sale event.  For months, the staff and Board bring to the agency those items from home which might be useful or desirable in someone else’s home. 

Last year, Sonny and Margaret Joiner offered us the use of their lovely home and yard, which included the much welcomed shade of a huge oak tree.  Besides selling our “treasures,” we also sell bottles of cold water, and last year we added a lemonade stand run by the children of staff members.  This and Mike Whitlow’s famous jambalaya were a hit with weary walkers who had made the yard sale circuit.

The Ponchatoula Yard Sale is a fun day for Board members and staff and their children, and the proceeds help us provide services to many families and their children.

Easter Baskets and More

The same churches, organizations and individuals who make sure the children in our caseloads don’t go without at Christmas, also provide our families with Easter baskets and gifts that will be remembered by every child for years to come. 
Our clients are often needy, and think beyond jelly beans and chocolate bunnies.  For instance, one family whose single mother was paralyzed requested school uniforms, socks and underwear, and food.  Another family who had four children and were living in a motel, requested jackets for school, sandwich meats, milk and cereal.

Last Easter, Central Progressive Bank of Lacombe donated $275 to be used for these special needs families; while First Presbyterian Church of Hammond donated 70 of the most beautiful baskets filled to the top with toys, clothing, gift cards, special requests and candy.  And Ponchatoula Gardenettes donated a truckload of school bags filled with Easter goodies, in addition to planting bulbs and flowering plants to brighten up the agency offices.

Strawberry Festival

Perhaps the best known and our largest fundraiser is the Strawberry Festival in April.  For over 25 years, the Youth Service Bureau has sold deep fried crawfish pies which are very popular among festival attendees.  A few years ago, we added nachos with chile and cheese, dill pickles, and cold drinks. 

Every staff member and most Board members take shifts frying and selling at our booth, which we maintain the entire 3 days of the festival.  It’s not uncommon for us to hear comments praising our crawfish pies, or to have someone tell us they came from another town just to get one of our pies that they remembered from years before. 

In earlier years, the proceeds from the sales of our pies were used to pay for the property where the agency is located.  After paying that off, the proceeds are now used to help fund the YSB’s walk-in Counseling Center and other programs.

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