What is the Center’s mission?

The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal is a catalyst in the New Orleans area for promoting social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. We do this through activism, community engagement, and transformational learning.

How many people can you house?


Where is the Center located?

The Center is located on the second floor of the Religious Education Wing of First Unitarian Universalist Church at 5212 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115, corner of Soniat St. Sadly, there is no elevator.

Does the Center have Wi-Fi?


Are there rooms for couples?


Are dorms separated by gender?

Groups are encouraged to work together to determine sleeping arrangements. There are three dorm rooms which can sleep 20, 18, and 12 respectively.

What is the age requirement for volunteers?

For safety purposes, we require volunteers to be at least 14 years of age, with the exception of our family programming options.

What is the chaperone: youth ratio?

The Center follows the safe congregation policy of First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. Anyone 14 or younger requires a 1:1 adult chaperone to youth ratio. For youth ages 15, 16 & 17 year old the ratio is 1:4.

What is the reservation fee?

The reservation fee guarantees space for your group’s work week. Until we receive the fee, your reservation is not guaranteed. This is not a deposit.

What does the $45/night/person include?

Our rate includes lodging at the Center, volunteer placement within the community, the Center’s Curriculum, daily serve yourself breakfast, packed lunches on volunteer days, and 4 hot dinners.

Can we pay online?

You can pay online with PayPal. We request that you add an additional 3% to your payment since the Center’s rate is already below cost of operations.

Can we all send separate checks?

We prefer one check per group please.

What service learning opportunities does the Center offer?

The Center is honored to be in relationship with over 50 community partners engaged across the spectrum of the Center’s mission of social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. Visit our partner page. The Center strives to pair partners and volunteers with complementing skills and interests.

Do we have to have construction skills?

No. Please let us know if you do, though.

When will we know our work assignments?

We cannot place you until we receive your group’s interest and skills forms. You will know at least two weeks in advance if you get your forms returned to us a month before your arrival date. However, we ask groups to remain flexible because work specifics could change.

How many meals do you provide?

Typical week (Saturday-Saturday): Arrive Saturday before 8pm CST, Depart following Saturday before 2pm CST
Breakfast: Sunday-Saturday, self-serve, many options provided
Lunch: Monday-Friday, packed lunches for volunteer service days
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Snacks: The Center provides limited snacking food. Please plan on doing your own shopping if you require particular snacks.

Why don’t you provide dinner on Thursday and Friday?

Eating out is part of New Orleans culture and we want you to share that experience. The Center’s kitchen is available to you on those nights, if your group prefers to prepare its own meals. 

What if I’m a vegetarian, vegan or have allergies?

Our meal program is able to cater to a variety of dietary needs and restrictions, within limits. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated. Allergies and other dietary restrictions can be accommodated as well, within reason. If your restriction is possibly debilitating, please plan on supplementing or providing your own food. We want people to be healthy and well-fed.

Where do we park our cars?

Soniat Street, Claiborne Avenue, on Jefferson Ave or on the church side of Story Street (behind the church by the dumpster.)

Does the Center provide transportation?

No. We recommend shopping around for the best deals. You will need transportation for most service-learning placements and the Resistance and Transformation Tour.

Do you provide linens?

We have sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels (one towel per person). Borrowed linens have to be washed, folded and properly put away before departure, unless your group pays the $9/person laundry deposit.

What if we use your linens but have to catch a really early departure flight?

Groups with early departures are kindly asked to plan ahead to pay the $9 per person linen fee, as our staff will be required to take care of the laundering. We appreciate it!

Does the Center have a washer and dryer?

Thanks to the Princeton, NJ UU Congregation, the Center has one High Efficiency washer and one dryer which uses HE detergent only. We ask that you do not overload, so please factor in plenty of time to launder your group’s linens. Groups are expected to wash, dry and return linen to where it belongs.  Groups who are unable or unwilling to do so can pay $9 per person for the Center to handle these tasks.  Groups leaving dirty laundry will receive an additional invoice.

Can we access our sites using only public transit?

It is possible but very, very challenging and not every work site can be accessed via public transit.

Is the neighborhood safe?

The Center is in an urban, city environment in the Uptown neighborhood. The outside doors remain locked, the dorm doors are locked when volunteers go to work sites. Safety is a priority. Volunteers must be aware of where you are and take precautions like you would in other cities-locking car doors, keeping valuables in cars out of sight, walking in groups, etc. The Center is located in the New Orleans and Fountainbleau Police Department Second District. Should you ever need to reach out to NOPD here is their contact information: 2nd Police District 4317 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA, 70115. Phone (504) 658-6020

In what neighborhood are you located?

The Center borders a few neighborhoods: Broadmoor, Fountainbleau, Freret, and University.

Where is the nearest grocery store?

2841 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125
8115 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Whole Foods
5600 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
4500 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115 or
400 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Winn Dixie
401 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 or
5400 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Where is the nearest hospital?

Oschner Baptist is located less than a mile away from the Center.

Where is the nearest pharmacy?

Walgreens and CVS are located about 4 blocks away from the Center on separate corners of Napoleon and S. Claiborne.
2418 S Carrollton Ave, NEW Orleans, LA 70118 · (504) 861-5033
4401 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125 · (504) 891-7737

How do we get in and out of the building?

The Center assigns key sets to the group leaders.

Is someone from the Center present 24/7 (do you sleep here?)

No. The Center has no live-in staff. We are available for emergencies on our work cell phones and have an open-door policy when we are in the office.

How can we learn more about the Center?