Ochsner Health is investing in New Orleans' youth with a pledge of $1 million to Son of a Saint. Officially announced this week, the total financial commitment will be extended over the next five years to expand the nonprofit organization's programming activities and accelerate its growth. This is the largest donation Son of a Saint has received since it was started in 2011 by Bivian "Sonny" Lee III

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"Our partnership with Son of a Saint is not only a monetary donation, but also an investment in the health, wellness, and future of the young men of New Orleans. It is our hope that even more boys will now have the opportunity to benefit from Son of a Saint’s guidance," said Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health, in a statement. 

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The donation will fund critical programmatic staff and enhance the organization's services to promote the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). Through this partnership, Ochsner will help enhance Son of a Saint's team capacity and overall capabilities with the hiring of case workers and mental health specialists. There will be opportunities for Ochsner's male staff to mentor boys in the program.

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Since its founding, Son of a Saint has increased its class of mentees from 10 boys to its current slate of 100 young men, and its mission has stayed the same over the past decade.

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"Each boy receives individualized, holistic and preventative long-term support in this program. The partnership with Ochsner Health is transformational for us on an organizational scale, in the same way we aim to transform the lives of fatherless boys in our community. We know the stats are not in our boys' favor, but with close to 100% retention rate and no boys losing their freedom, we have a program that is a solution," said Lee. "I can't wait to see how fruitful this partnership becomes over the future years."

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The partnership also includes the naming rights to Son of a Saint's new headquarters in Mid-City. The Ochsner Health Son of a Saint Bivian Lee, Jr. Center (named for Lee's father) is located at 2803 St. Philip Street in the heart of Mid-City.

Donate to Son of a Saint here.