The Story of The Land
Once upon a time, the property was the site of a junkyard piled high with discarded cars, car parts and over grown trees. Pastor Mealancon would sit on the steps of the church after every service, and God would tell him that the property had a bigger purpose and he would be the visionary to make it happen. As keeper of the community, we purchased several homes and buildings on the corner of Cohen and 4th Streets that had become eyesores to make way for our new Life Center.
Afterwards, Pastor, along with a few dedicated brothers of the church put their secular skills to work. They suited –up and boarded bulldozers to demolish the buildings. They had a mind to work! Several months of digging and testing took place on the land. As a church, and under Pastor’s leadership we were unfazed by what was taking place because we knew that God called us to this community. This was just a necessary step in the direction God is leading us.
After the land was acquired, we were notified that asbestos existed on the property. As the owners and good stewards of what God had given us, we had to remediate the asbestos at our expense along with a partially forgivable loan from the LDEQ.
Today we have land that has been purified and prepared for what God wants to do through Pastor Mealancon and Progressive Church. What part will you play to complete the story? The End! But, only the beginning.
Cohen Street Project
Cohen Street Project Progressive Church built several homes on Cohen Street in Marrero in a project designed to give low-income families an opportunity for homeownership. Our goal is to revitalize the community we’re in. Along with building up the people who live in it through economic empowerment so they too will be able to reinvest in the community. This project helped to drive out some of the crime and blight. Pastor Mealancon’s hope is that by rebuilding the neighborhood physically, the church can spark a spiritual rebirth among residents.
A Special Message
Through partnerships with local educators, health-care providers, the business community and faith- and community –based service organizations, The Center of Hope will be a hub where the needs of our community will be met spiritually, physically, socially, educationally and economically through providing the following programs and services:
Family counseling Faith-based character building
The fitness center Preventative healthcare forums and classes (diabetes, hypertension, obesity) Community health care (onsite physician & dentist)
A supervised environment for youth life-skill development and activities A theatre for performances of the arts and community social events Organization of senior volunteers, activities and senior services Conference center
Adult education: tutoring, computer literacy and ABE: adult basic education (High school equivalency)
Financial planning Home ownership preparation Estate planning