To enhance and enrich the quality of life for all persons served by the State of Louisiana by mobilizing people and resources in the community.
We further the community's understanding of the agencies we serve, the services they provide and the needs of the consumers receiving these services. Through a variety of fund development activities and through the donation of goods and services, we help meet the needs of the clients referred by the State Agency partners, including the Office of Mental Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, and the Office of Addictive Disorders
Director of The Extra Mile Region VIII
Peer Support Specialist
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THE EXTRA MILE was founded in 1991 as a private non-profit to serve clients of state agencies.
At that time we served primarily clients of the Office of Mental Health, Office of Addictive Disorders, and Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. In time, we also began providing services to the Department of Child and Family Services.
In addition, THE EXTRA MILE has always had a strong volunteer component. We were originally created to recruit volunteers to serve our state clients, and although the agency has changed and grown tremendously through the years, we have retained this core value; we continue to recruit, train and place volunteers. With the help of our volunteers we provide goods and services that the state agencies are unable to provide.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to enrich the lives of clients and volunteers both. The hands-on experience is often an experience that volunteers never forget. In addition, the lives of the clients helped through volunteers are forever changed. Volunteers have made it possible for families with children in foster care to be reunified. Through their work in the clothing closet, homeless clients have been able to get jobs and houses. Volunteers have helped countless children visit with their non-custodial parents safely. Volunteers are crucial to what we do, and we are so grateful to them.