Opened August 2020

Hope House NOLA

We empower women and girls by providing a safe housing space while in a supportive community of women. We offer mentorship and guidance for formerly incarcerated and directly impacted women and girls to create a life after prison. Our goal is for each sister to create an independent, successful and sustainable life for herself and her loved ones.

Building Lives Beyond Incarceration

Hope House NOLA Operation Restoration

The LOHM is proud to partner with Operation Restoration to open Hope House NOLA. Operation Restoration provides direct services, case management, programming, and advocacy to support women and girls impacted by incarceration to recognize their full potential, restore their lives, and discover new possibilities. Through this partnership, we will be able to expand our services and help women successfully transition home and build their future in a safe and supportive environment.


Hope House NOLA, established in April 2020, is designed to provide a safe space for women & girls to transform their lives and heal from trauma prior to, during, and post-incarceration. The HOPE HOUSE model we’ve created was developed with human services professionals and women & girls who are currently or formerly incarcerated to address their core needs. We’ve partnered with Operation Restoration to provide case management and other direct services provided within the home. After a year and successful completion of the HOPE SCALE, our goal is to transition our House Guests into safe and permanent housing while retaining their connection to Hope House for support and ongoing personal development. Hope House NOLA includes live-in support in a homelike setting with light-filled bedrooms, a large gathering area, a communal kitchen, and a swimming pool.

The Numbers


Formerly incarcerated women are 35% more likely to be homeless than men.

People who have been to prison just once experience homelessness at a rate nearly 7 times higher than the general public.

Formerly incarcerated individuals are almost 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general public.
Melaney Batiste, Hope House Manager

Melaney Batiste

Hope House Manager

Melaney Batiste is the Hope House Manager and is responsible for the implementation and delivery of program and house guest-related services. She develops and manages relationships with social service providers to support Hope House guests. Melaney is from Picayune, MS, and has lived in New Orleans since she attended Xavier University in Louisiana. She has a B.S. in Speech Pathology and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. Melaney was incarcerated in 2014 and dedicated her time inside to helping the ladies she met. While there, she saw that many women who were recently released, but had nowhere to go, would often end up back in prison. Melaney vowed to focus on reentry services for the people she left behind. The LOHM's vision aligns with her purpose to ensure women have the skills and support needed to reintegrate into society, be self-sufficient, and not be judged by their past mistakes.

The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM)

Hope House NOLA Application For Residency

Would you like to know more about Operation Restoration?

Visit their website for more information.

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