Background photo by Ted Jackson / The Times-Picayune Malta Park Catholic Journeys Fisher & Sons Jewelers Lelia Haller Ballet Classique Ville Ste. Marie Senior Living New Orleans Pest Management Renovate, Inc. Dependable Home Care Patio Drugs Nurses Registry Majoria Drugs Home Instead Senior Care WLAE-TV The Princeton Review Fischer’s Jewelry Loyola University Institute for Ministry Janice B. Carbon, LCSW Our Lady of Holy Cross College Christopher Homes, Inc. Mothe Life Insurance Co./Prudent Plan Don’s Seafood Hut Cenacle Retreat House Chateau de Notre Dame/ Wynhoven Health Care Riverbend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Myra Mier School of Ballet New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries Clarion Herald August 23, 2008 | Pull Out Section 2 | New Orleans, LA. Page 2 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans Good Business Matters The common good Advertisers of the Sisters of Social Ser- vice and executive director of NETWORK added, “Our Father William Malta Park ............................................................................. 3 BYRON goal is to reclaim the best of our country’s idealism and LOOKING AROUND demand that elected leaders Catholic Journeys .................................................................. 3 resolve the most pressing needs of our times in the Fisher & Sons Jewelers ......................................................... 4 A remarkable assembly light of the Catholic social convened in Philadel- tradition.” Lelia Haller Ballet Classique ................................................ 4 phia in the summer of 2008. It was called the That tradition understands the common good as “the “Convention for the Com- sum total of social conditions Ville Ste. Marie Senior Living .............................................. 5 mon Good,” and it evoked faint echoes of another sum- which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to New Orleans Pest Management ........................................... 6 mer gathering in that same city in 1787. U.S. founders reach fulﬁllment more fully and more easily” (Vatican sought then “to establish Council II, Pastoral Con- Renovate, Inc......................................................................... 6 justice, insure domestic tran- stitution on the Church in quility, provide for the com- the Modern World, No. 26). Dependable Home Care ........................................................ 7 mon defense, promote the general welfare, and secure Those “social conditions” are debated in presidential the blessings of liberty to political campaigns every Patio Drugs ............................................................................ 7 ourselves and our posterity.” four years and await solu- They preserved those words tion through the legislative Nurses Registry ..................................................................... 8 in the preamble to the Con- stitution of the United States process at local, state and national levels. along with two other famous The “platform” (a word Majoria Drugs........................................................................ 9 phrases, “we the people” and chosen with an eye to the “to create a more perfect planks that both Republicans Home Instead Senior Care.................................................... 9 union.” Regarding themselves as and Democrats will assemble later this summer to provide “we the people” of the pres- for their candidates a place WLAE-TV ............................................................................. 10 ent day, and intent on doing to stand) has many elements. what they can to shape a Thinking about the com- The Princeton Review ......................................................... 12 “more perfect union,” 800 delegates – practically all mon good, delegates to this Philadelphia gathering high- Fischer’s Jewelry ................................................................. 12 Catholic, predominantly female and most of them lighted in their breakout ses- sions: ecology, immigration, women religious – responded war and peace, the economy Loyola University Institute for Ministry ............................ 13 to a call from Catholics in Alliance for the Common and health care. Surprisingly, education was Janice B. Carbon, LCSW ..................................................... 14 Good, a new lay initiative, and NETWORK, a social jus- not a breakout session topic despite its importance in tice lobby founded by Catho- eliminating poverty. The life Our Lady of Holy Cross College ......................................... 14 lic nuns in 1971, to ﬁll a hotel issues came up often in group in Philadelphia in early July discussions and special cau- Christopher Homes, Inc. ..................................................... 15 to hammer out a “Platform for the Common Good.” cuses. A stem-winding ple- nary session address by Sister The targeted problem is the Helen Prejean of the Sisters of Mothe Life Insurance Co./Prudent Plan............................ 15 politics of division, familiar St. Joseph of Medaille (and of to anyone with ears to hear “Dead Man Walking” fame) Don’s Seafood Hut .............................................................. 16 talk radio or eyes to see tele- vised political commercials. made the case very persua- sively for the elimination of The recommended solution capital punishment. Cenacle Retreat House ....................................................... 16 is a national commitment to The effects of this three-day the common good. gathering will be seen and Chateau de Notre Dame/Wynhoven Health Care ............ 17 “We want a new vision of governance that is rooted heard all across the country in the months ahead. Any- in a moral commitment to one interested in reading the Riverbend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center .................. 18 human dignity and social “Platform for the Common justice,” said Alexia Kelley, Good” can ﬁnd it online at Myra Mier School of Ballet ................................................ 18 executive director of Catho- lics in Alliance for the Com- www.votethecommongood. com/ﬁles/Platform. New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries ............................. 20 mon Good. Sister Simone Campbell Father Byron can be reached at email@example.com. August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 3 residents, she said. “We have trips to the priest who celebrates daily Mass and Malta Park grocery, the bank and drugstores, and Catholic Journeys serves as spiritual director. For the Pau- Malta Park, we offer tours. We also have special days Making a pil- line Year, Father Stan Klores will lead a the uptown for taking them to see their doctors.” grimage to explore pilgrimage in March 2009 to Egypt, the senior facil- At other times, if residents need to and enrich your Holy Land, Turkey, Greece and Rome. ity offering go somewhere, Sister Suzanne said cab Catholic faith dif- Hyland said there continues to be independent drivers are familiar with the facility and fers greatly from strong interest in pilgrimages to Med- and assisted helpful in transporting its residents. taking a sightsee- jugorje, Rome and the Holy Land. Sev- living, is a “We have 14 apartments for cou- ing trip, said Jimmy eral groups have traveled to Italy on a ples,” Sister Suzanne said. “We also Hyland, owner of pilgrimage highlighting the life of Padre comfortable have an activity area where exercises are Catholic Journeys Pio. The interest in St. Pio of Pietrelcina residence offered daily, and a beauty salon open in New Orleans. has been so great that church ofﬁcial with amenities that the residents ﬁnd “A pilgrimage is have extended beyond September the attractive. on certain days.” Sister Suzanne, who has been admin- for a greater purpose,” said Hyland, who period for pilgrims to view his body in Executive director School Sister of istrator for two years, said residents are started Catholic Journeys in 2004. “You San Giovanni Rotondo. Notre Dame Suzanne Pescay said offer- What if someone had one or two might be going with a special intention, ings include daily Mass, the rosary and much more active and younger group or perhaps you’re going in thanksgiving pilgrimages to make in his or her life? ﬁrst Friday devotions. than their age implies. “People are not for a special favor granted. If nothing “One would be to Medjugorje, be- “We also serve three meals daily, have aging at 60 or 70; they’re still quite else it’s a chance for you to rediscover cause it’s such a powerful place,” Hy- full housekeeping, 24-hour security and active. We have a number of 90-plus- your faith and become closer to God. land said. “The other place would be the call bells in all apartments.” year-olds, and one or two who are 100 You have that chance when you’re not Holy Land. It brings the Bible to life.” Sister Suzanne said the meals focus on or will be.” in the daily grind of the day-to-day Catholic Journeys is located at 5500 a healthy diet with an eye on sodium, Malta Park is located at 1101 Aline St., goings-on at home or if you have kids Prytania St., Suite 234, New Orleans, LA but include favorites such as gumbo, New Orleans LA 70115; telephone (504) to take care of.” 70115; telephone, (504) 834-4951 or toll- fried chicken and red beans and rice. 894-6100; Web site, www.maltacare. Hyland said every pilgrimage spon- free (800) 715-6670; FAX (504) 834-4957; There are also a lot of activities for com. sored by Catholic Journeys provides a Web site, www.catholicjourneys.com. We are all citizens of the earth. Our work is of extraordinary importance for the achievement of the common good. But we are also citizens of the kingdom of God, which is not of the world and which comes to us as a divine gift and as a Christian vocation. – Pope John Paul II, Address, Vila Vicosa, Portugal, 1982 Page 4 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans battery changed or make a high-end when students tell us how they have Fisher & Sons Jewelers purchase. For this reason, customers Lelia Haller incorporated what they learned from In 1977, Thomas Fisher opened Fish- remain loyal and return to make pur- chases year after year. Ballet Classique us into their lives, whether it’s a dance career or some other career choice.” er and Sons Jew- Tom’s daughter, Chloe Fisher Bares, Lelia Haller, re- The ballet school also offers classes in elers in Metairie, said reopening the store, which closed vered for her ex- tap, jazz and theater dance. During the wanting to be part for 10 weeks after receiving over a foot pertise and creativ- school year, Lelia Haller Ballet Classique of a community so of water from Hurricane Katrina, was ity in New Orleans tries to offer the classes students most that people could an act of faith. opera and dance desire after school so that the extracur- build a relationship But customer loyalty was exempliﬁed circles, opened her ricular instruction can mesh with their with his business. in Christmas 2005. dance school in busy study schedules. Many perfor- “He always felt “We had customers coming from Mis- 1928 to share her mance opportunities are available. that family was im- sissippi and Arkansas,” she said, adding passion with young “We try to have our schedules posted portant and, to this day, only family customers were looking for a jeweler students. early so students and parents can also works in the store,” said his son, Craig they could build a relationship with. Shannon Casey plan ahead,” Hazelwood said. Fisher. Chloe mentioned that she and Craig Rodriguez and Jennifer Yoder Hazel- Lelia Haller offers year-round classes Craig does all of the custom work recently returned from a market trip to wood purchased the school in 1999 and also provides adult beginner classes within the store. His specialty is hand- New York and have new arrivals in the and have carried on the highest level for those who want a stimulating, cre- crafting a wedding ring to match an store, just in time for customers to put of dance instruction to children, teens ative alternative to a gym workout. engagement ring, even if the ring was in layaway for Christmas. and adults. Many New Orleans dance The school will hold auditions for its purchased elsewhere. Fisher & Sons Jewelers, 5101 West studios, teachers and performers were 2008 production of “The Nutcracker” “That isn’t something most jewelers Esplanade Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, is open inﬂuenced in some way by Haller. Sept. 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. want to deal with these days,” he said. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 “It’s our mission to pass on to our Lelia Haller Ballet Classique is located at Fisher & Sons is a full-service jewelry p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. students her technique and discipline 4916 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119; store that treats all customers the same, Call (504) 885-4956 or e-mail ﬁsherand as if she were still with us,” Rodriguez telephone (504) 482-0038; Web site, www. whether they come in to have a watch firstname.lastname@example.org. said. “We know we’ve been successful lhballet.com. No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a ﬁeld as in writing a poem. It is at the bottom of life we must begin and not the top. Nor should we permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities. – Booker T. Washington from his “Atlanta Compromise” Speech, 1895 August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 5 Ville Ste. Marie Senior Living Providing a stimulating but events at Ville Ste. Marie. This needs of elderly residents and stress-free environment for would give seniors a chance to give them happier lives. senior residents is one of the check out the facility, meet the “We saw people like my major goals of Ville Ste. Marie residents and see what assisted mother who were depressed,” Senior Living, said marketing living is really like and if it is he said. “They wouldn’t have director Aurora Alleman. for them. been depressed if they had “Once the stresses of dai- “When someone comes to communication with others ly life are off, such as cut- visit I don’t ever tell them I and social outlets.” ting the grass and getting the know how they feel, because What makes it unique is roof ﬁxed, people experience I’m not there yet,” Alleman its emphasis on independent marked improvements,” Alle- said. “But there are 94 people living, with social activities ga- man said. “A 77-year-old lady here who have made the tran- lore. Residents are allowed to with Parkinson’s disease came sition to assisted living that bring their own furniture, cook in stressed and worried about they can talk to.” meals in their own kitchens if everything. She came in using With a caring staff and they wish and come and go as a walker but now walks inde- lots of interesting activities, they please. Transportation, pendently, exercises, works in residents can bloom at the 87- social services, housekeeping the boutique and doesn’t miss unit independent and assisted and round-the-clock stafﬁng an activity.” living facility located in Old are also available. Other ser- For many older adults the Jefferson. The facility has been vices include help with bath- transition to assisted living open since February 2002 and ing, dressing and getting from can be a scary time in their is developed and managed by one place to another. lives. They may feel afraid to Ronald Brignac, president, and Alleman said Ville Ste. Marie Photo by Frank J. Methe | CLARION HERALD give up their independence as his daughter Barbara Brignac practices good business ethics Ronald Brignac is president and Barbara Brignac Eschete is general manager their health begins to decline. Eschete, general manager. in all its affairs and is especially of Ville Ste. Marie. Alleman said adult children Brignac said that as his usu- proud of the way the facility can help make the transition ally happy and caring mother has operated in the midst of “One employee gets off at to each other.” easier by going with their grew older, she became de- an uncertain economy. She 2:30 p.m. and an hour later I Ville Ste. Marie Senior Living elderly parent to check out as- pressed when her eyesight said although the economy is found him playing dominos is located at 4112 Jefferson Hwy, sisted living facilities in short began to fail and felt isolated tough, Ville Ste. Marie has not with a resident in the com- Jefferson, LA 70121; telephone visits. She recommended visit- living alone. Brignac was in- cut corners and has continued mon room,” said Alleman. (504) 834-3164; e-mail, vsm ing for lunch, shopping at the spired to create an environ- to train its dedicated staff the “The people who live and work email@example.com; Web site, www. boutique or attending special ment that would meet the right way. here become a second family villestemarie.com. Page 6 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans inside the walls that actually protects New Orleans Pest Mgt. against termites as well as roaches.” Renovate, Inc. In addition to beneﬁtting from their honest work ethic and integrity, cus- A sense of nor- Guerra said boric acid was the ﬁrst The local market tomers profit from Frank Castjohn’s mal routine has pest control substance ever used and ﬁnds itself among insistence on promoting professional- returned to Ramiro had been employed for decades as a the fastest-grow- ism within the remodeling industry. He Guerra Jr., the own- wood preservative. “It kills on contact, ing real estate ar- was among the ﬁrst nationally Certiﬁed er of New Orleans and as long as it stays dry it keeps on eas in the coun- Remodelers by the National Association Pest Management. working,” Guerra said. try, according to of Remodeling Industry (NARI). Frank He and his family Since Hurricane Katrina, Guerra’s pest Money magazine. has worked with local building associa- have moved back control routes have extended from Port This is great news tions to raise performance standards for into their rebuilt Allen to Slidell. He considers a job well for locals begin- industry professionals. home near the done only if the customer is completely ning long-awaited Nick Castjohn has advanced certiﬁca- Lakefront, and he satisﬁed. remodels such as tion through the National Association does not have to travel quite as far to “We treat every new customer like dream kitchens and baths, additions or of Home Builders. He has earned desig- handle his clients’ pest control needs. a good friend,” Guerra said. “We do those just starting to elevate and rebuild nation as a Certiﬁed Graduate Builder Guerra recommends long-term borate our best on every job and never short- since Hurricane Katrina. and Certiﬁed Graduate Remodeler and treatment for gutted houses in order to change the customer – never. That Nick Castjohn and his father Frank is one of a handful of Certiﬁed Green control pests. usually means you give them a little are meeting that need through Reno- Professionals in the area. He and Frank “While these treatments are not man- something extra. I had never heard the vate, Inc., founded in 1981, and Cast- are Certiﬁed Aging in Place Specialists datory for homes and other structures, word ‘lagniappe’ before I moved here, john Home Construction, LLC. Services with training in modifying homes safely we strongly recommend them,” Guerra but I know what it means.” include remodeling and new construc- to allow seniors to live independently said. “This one treatment will eliminate New Orleans Pest Management is lo- tion (in Ashton Plantation in Luling, and comfortably as they age. or deter many pest problems for years to cated at 6125 Cartier Ave., New Orleans, just six minutes from Kenner), design- Renovate, Inc./Castjohn Home Con- come. Hopefully no one will ever have LA 70122; telephone, (504) 669-2642; build, insurance restoration, interior struction, LLC, are located at 824 24th their home opened up again, but this e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site, www. decorating assistance and a showroom St., Kenner LA 70062; telephone, (504) is a good opportunity to put something neworleanspestmanagement.com. to speed the selection process. 464-4700. Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord’s Prayer, the ﬁrst petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. – President Woodrow Wilson August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 7 Dependable Home Care would be only Dependable Home Care the third agency in the United States Patio Drugs Dependable to achieve accreditation, and the ﬁrst Patio Drugs Healthcare Network is Home Care began in Louisiana. celebrating 50 years this year, having in New Orleans in “Accreditation is so important,” opened Nov. 1, 1958, in Metairie. 1969 to meet the Friedmann said. “There are only 28 In 1992, when John and Daisy DiMag- needs of families states in the U.S. that have any licensing gio became owners, there were five trying keep their el- and minimal standards for non-medical, employees. The company now employs derly and disabled in-home care. As a national industry, we more than 70, including 10 pharmacists, relatives at home. felt we needed an across-the board ac- 16 pharmacy technicians and 48 support Ready to celebrate creditation customers can see.” personnel. Joint Commission on Accreditation of its 40th birthday in At Dependable Home Care, extensive John DiMaggio has been a pharmacist Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). 2009, the business background checks (including written for more than 30 years and is an adjunct Patio Drugs also provides medications continues to match caregivers with the FBI checks) are conducted on owners/ professor of pharmacy at Xavier Univer- for pets, working with veterinarians to needs of clients. administrators who are caregivers, and sity. He is a member of the International customize doses and dosage forms to “We are the oldest agency I know of clients can rest assured that caregivers Academy of Compounding Pharmacists meet the individual needs of pets. in this general region,” Joni Friedmann, are free of communicable diseases and and was elected the inaugural chairman Free delivery is offered Monday company president and CEO, said. have documentation, insurances and of the Compounding Academy of the through Friday in Metairie and Kenner This month, Dependable Home Care current licenses. Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Daisy for prescription services. Delivery of is undergoing a rigorous, accreditation Dependable Home Care is located in New DiMaggio has been a pharmacist for 15 home medical equipment, respiratory review to earn a two-year national ac- Orleans at 702 N. Carrollton Ave., Suite A, years and is a member of the American therapy and home infusion therapy is creditation from the Caregiver Registries (504) 486-5044. It has added an ofﬁce at Society of Consultant Pharmacists. offered in the New Orleans area. Standards Board. 769 Robert Road, Suite 201-A, in Slidell Patio Drugs is the only full-service, Patio Drugs is located at 5208 Veterans The first agency to be accredited to accommodate the needs of Northshore pharmacy-based home medical equip- Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA; telephone was in Arkansas, she said. When her residents; (985) 690-6353. Web site, www. ment provider and homecare phar- (504) 889-7070; Web site, www.patio review is completed, Friedmann said dependablecare.net. macy in the area to be accredited by the drugs.com. We must see another’s poverty as our own and be convinced that the poor can wait no longer. – Pope John Paul II, Homily, Santo Domingo, 1992 Page 8 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans Nurses Registry Since Hurricane Katrina, aftermath still remain visi- company that provides as- one of these my least breth- the need for healthcare and Jeanne Breaux Caldwell ble in the sick and elderly of sistance to patients who do ren, you did it to me.’” its signiﬁcance in the com- has witnessed firsthand our community,” Caldwell not have health insurance Nurses Registry continues munity.” how practitioners of home said. “We’re still seeing or whose families cannot to attract those profession- Nurses Registr y Home health care are being called evidence of the needs of provide care-giving sup- als who share this unique vi- Health is located at 990 North on more than ever to meet patients and their families port. sion of home health care. Corporate Drive, Suite 302, the community’s need for increase as they try to map Company founder Rose “It’s been exciting, seeing Harahan, LA 70123; tele- top-notch and timely nurs- their recovery and deter- Mary Breaux, RN, BSN, what’s taking shape now phone, (504) 736-0803; Toll ing care. mine their new normal.” who passed away in 2006, in the New Orleans area,” free (866) 736-6744; Web “Because of the limited Up and running within established the organization Caldwell said. “There’s a site, www.MyNursesRegistry. access to inpatient facilities a few weeks of the Aug. as a “faith-based company greater understanding of com. like hospitals and nurs- 29 storm, Nurses Registry open to all people.” Her goal ing homes, we feel home attends to the needs of was to “raise all disciplines health care has become the ill and inﬁrm with its to the level of ministry,” even more important as a dedicated team of registered Caldwell said. Rose Mary’s resource in rebuilding the nurses, licensed practical mission was to care for the healthcare network of the nurses, certiﬁed nursing as- whole person – mind, body city. We are determined to sistants, therapists, support and spirit. Her staff is dedi- be part of that rebuilding staff and volunteers. cated to providing dignity, process,” said Caldwell, the Msgr. Robert Guste, spiri- respect and healing to both administrator and president tual director of Nurses Reg- patients and caregivers. of Nurses Registry Home istry’s pastoral department, “The prayer card with Health Inc., a Harahan- celebrates Mass on the ﬁrst the quote from Matthew based business. Friday of each month for 25:40 expresses the focus “Even though I am en- the nurses, patients, fami- of Nurses Registry’s care for couraged by the many lies and staff. The company the patient, family and care- improvements that I see also reaches out through the giver,” Breaux said, quoting around the city, the human Nurses Registry Care Center the passage, “‘Amen I say to toll of the hurricane and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) you. As long as you did it to August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 9 Majoria Drugs shots,” Cain said. “It really was a great community service, and we got letters Home Instead est and most recognized senior care company worldwide, which has 800 What started out of thanks from people who would not Since 2000, Home franchise ofﬁces in 12 countries. as a plan to serve have been able to get the shots any- Instead Senior Care Rabito said other beneﬁts of an alli- the community where else.” has provided qual- ance with a franchise include regular in 2005 has blos- In the second and third years, Cain ity in-home care to training to expand her knowledge in somed into a true said, Majoria administered about seniors. the senior care industry and community community service 10,000 shots, and it hopes to do an- Locally owned service projects that help the area. for Majoria Drugs other 10,000 this year. by New Orleanian Home Instead is committed to keep- after Hurricane Ka- Majoria will continue to expand its Lisa Rabito, Home ing seniors and the Baby Boomers who trina. service by offering to administer ﬂu Instead offers cli- care for them up to date on senior issues. The store had shots on-site to employees of busi- ents personal com- The www.caregiverstress.com Web site planned to start of- nesses, large or small. For people not panionship, meal offers an assessment tool to determine fering ﬂu shots that fall, said Sue Cain, on Medicare, there is a sliding scale preparation, medication reminders and the level of stress caregivers may be who handles the program. “Then after of fees to receive the shot. Cain said light housekeeping and can run errands experiencing by caring for their loved Katrina, when we realized many doc- businesses are welcome to call Majoria and provide incidental transportation. ones and other resources to lessen the tors weren’t back and ﬂu shots weren’t now to set up a date for the program “Our large staff of compassionate, stress. readily available, we offered them. For on site. reliable caregivers are screened, trained, In 2006, the Home Instead Senior our older people, we handled all billing “It’s been a big service,” Cain said. bonded and insured,” Rabito said. “We Care Foundation awarded several $1,000 to Medicare for them.” “We can go to any business or assisted are very proud of our ongoing, in-house grants to non-proﬁt groups focusing on Cain said the store at 1905 Metairie living center. I think so far we’ve got training program, which is required, but senior care in the U.S. Road hopes to begin offering the shots about eight businesses lined up. We just we also offer additional training such as Home Instead Senior Care is located at this year in late September. Interested want people to get their ﬂu shots.” Alzheimer’s training, personal care train- 2750 Lake Villa Drive, Suite 305, Metairie, persons should call the store for days Majoria Drugs is located at 1805 Metai- ing, and many in-services on a variety LA ; telephone, (504) 455-4911; fax, (504) and times. rie Rd., Metairie, LA 70005; telephone, of senior-related topics.” 887-4266; Web site, www.homeinstead. That ﬁrst year, “we gave about 8,000 (504) 835-7211. Home Instead belongs to the larg- com. The purposes in the human mind are like deep water, but the intelligent will draw them out. Many proclaim themselves loyal, but who can ﬁnd one worthy of trust? The righteous man walks in his integrity – happy are the children who follow them. – Proverbs 20:5-7 Page 10 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans WLAE-TV Channel 32 The countdown has begun. ber, WLAE will debut an exciting On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 – one documentary on New Orleans music week before Mardi Gras – the world of legend Fats Domino, which includes television broadcasting will throw a interviews with the signer following big bash by ofﬁcially switching from Hurricane Katrina and his last live analog to digital signals. performance at Tipitina’s in May Cutting through the technical 2007. The documentary will be aired jargon, WLAE general manager Ron on PBS stations across the country. Yager says the switch will make high- The documentary, narrated by ac- deﬁnition digital broadcasting the tor John Goodman, is called “Fats standard in American homes. WLAE, Domino: Walking Back to New Or- a public broadcasting station owned leans.” in partnership by the Willwoods “It proﬁles Fats’ story from what Community and WLPB in Baton happened in Katrina and how a lot Rouge, is ready for the switch to the of people thought he was dead,” new technology. Yager said. “But he was very much “We’ve already upgraded our studio alive, and the documentary shows his to be ready for digital and high deﬁ- rebirth after the storm and includes nition,” Yager said. “Our next step is some historical facts about his career. getting our master control (unit) up To date that was his last concert, and and running. All of that equipment is it might have been his ﬁnal one. It’s coming in later this fall, and that will a great showpiece, not only for Fats allow us to have a full multi-channel but also for the city.” setup. We will be able to have one Yager said WLAE is focusing on high-deﬁnition channel and three doing local programming. standard-deﬁnition channels.” “That’s going to be our calling card When the equipment arrives in a inside the community,” he said. “We few months, all of WLAE’s locally want to be known as your local PBS produced shows, including “Greater station, and we do that by doing local New Orleans” and “Hello Health,” programming. We’re getting ready to will be available in high deﬁnition. add a prep football show in a partner- The “Hello Health” series highlights ship with nola.com. Our game plan talks by Ochsner-afﬁliated physicians is to be part of the community.” to a live and phone-in audience on a WLAE-TV, Channel 32, is located at variety of health topics. 3330 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 345, Photo | COURTESY OF WLAE-TV Metairie, LA 70002; telephone, (504) New Orleans musical legend Fats Domino will be featured in a WLAE documentary in November Fats Domino debut 866-7411;Web site, www.pbs.org/ or December. In late November or early Decem- wlae. Willwoods Community The Willwoods Community, a is posted on the site. available on the Internet is not We’re all excited about this, and the Catholic faith community found- Willwoods also hopes to offer meant to replace the Mass but rather archbishop is as well, because this ed by a group of married cou- recitation of the rosary, prayer re- is intended to allow those who are will give as many people as possible ples dedicated to supporting the quests and other features that will unable to attend Mass to participate the opportunity to see the Mass and church through prayer and service, highlight the history of St. Louis in some way. It also may help former the cathedral. It’s a way of helping is launching a separate initiative to Cathedral and New Orleans. The New Orleanians, displaced since our people and also people around expand the availability of the daily cathedral was the site of an address Hurricane Katrina, to reconnect with the globe.” Mass from St. Louis Cathedral to by Pope John Paul II in September the cathedral and the city. The technology may advance to people around the world. 1987. Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes “One of our big missions is to allow the Mass to be streamed to dif- Beginning next month, Willwoods will provide a message of welcome. make sure that the Mass is there for ferent media platforms such as smart will offer streaming video of the Holy Cross Father Thomas Cham- the people,” Father Chambers said. telephones. The site hopes to link to daily Mass on www.thedailymass. bers, president of the Willwoods “We are raising money to get more other sites that provide information com. The streaming video will be Community, said making the Mass and better cameras in the cathedral. on Mass times across the world. available about one The launch date hour after the con- for the Web site clusion of the 7:30 will be sometime in a.m. daily Mass and September, Father the 11 a.m. Sunday Chambers said. Mass. The Willwoods Com- The Mass will not munity can be reached be shown live, but it at (504) 830-3700; will be available for Web site, www.will- up to 24 hours until woods.org. the next day’s Mass Page 12 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans centile, the more attractive a student over the past 46 years through the loyal Princeton Review can be to a college. Fischer’s Jewelry support of generations of customers More students Haayen said in 2001, The Princeton Fischer’s Jewelry and their friends. are turning to stan- Review worked with slightly more than has been a New “We try our best to make our cus- dardized test prepa- 500 students. Today, classes and tutor- Orleans tradition tomers happy,” she said. “Our motto ration services such ing have been provided to more than since 1962 when is true: ‘Where quality and fair prices as The Princeton 1,500 students. Eugene Fischer are a family tradition.’ I can remember Review to help Sr. opened the re- seeing my grandfather working with them get higher The main ofﬁce of the test prep service tail jewelry store his customers, and now my father is qualifying scores is in Uptown New Orleans, but Haayen downtown on Ca- doing the same thing. I enjoy seeing a on ACT and SAT said there is also classroom space in nal Street. creation come together from planning tests required for Metairie and on the Northshore. “We His son, Eugene and design to the ﬁnal product, to see- college admission. also serve families in Mississippi and Jr., his wife, JoAnn, ing the customer’s eyes light up when Alex Haayen, executive director of Mobile.” and their daughter they see their creation.” The Princeton Review, said more stu- Haayen said course costs run from Kathy Fischer Bradbury continue the The Fischer staff includes a graduate dents are focusing on higher education, $499 to $1,099 and meet for three to six business by offering contemporary, gemologist with certiﬁcation from the and more are going away to college. hours each week. The Princeton Review antique, estate and custom-designed Gemological Institute of America. The “They want to score high so they can also offers classes with private schools in jewelry to customers. Fischers also are active members of the stand out from the crowd,” she said. the area. In the interest of students and “I like to see the upcoming jew- Jewelers of America, Jewelers of Louisi- “Courses are about eight to 10 weeks families, The Princeton Review offers a elry trends as well as antique jewelry,” ana, and Jewelers Security Alliance. long,” she said explaining that the money-back guarantee or continued Kathy Fischer Bradbury said. “I enjoy Fischer’s Jewelry is located at 1036 classes students are taking do not end work on testing prep for free. working with the customer to ﬁnd the Canal St. at N. Rampart in New Orleans. in a pass/fail situation, but are rather a The Princeton Review is located at 8200 right piece for that special occasion like Hours are Monday through Saturday from preparation. The ACT and SAT tests are Hampson St., New Orleans LA 70118; a birthday, anniversary, engagement or 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fischer’s pays for cus- not pass/fail either, she said, but rather telephone: (504) 865-1060; Web Site: graduation.” tomer parking in the CBD. Call 568-1168 score a percentile. The higher the per- PrincetonReview.com. Bradbury said Fischer’s has grown or visit www.ﬁschersjewelrynola.com. What shall it proﬁt a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? – Mark 8:36 August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 13 Loyola University Institute for Ministry The Loyola Institute for ceses in the U.S., Belize, An important part of LIM has access to the superb Ministry (LIM) is celebrating Scotland and England, our program is giv- J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe several anniversaries this year. with more than 3,000 ing students the abil- Library, which recently was The institute was established graduates around the ity to reflect more ranked as the seventh-best 40 years ago world. deeply on what it college library in the country. in 1968 and Ryan said most LIM means to evangelize The library contains an excel- has flour- graduates hold “the kind the various commu- lent collection of books and ished over of jobs you would ex- nities they interact also makes available a wide the last four pect,” meaning their in- with in their lives range of electronic databases decades be- ﬂuence is spread through- so that they can be that enhance theological cause of the out society and beyond more just and caring research. Books, articles and quality and church circles. communities.” artworks are available that excellence of “They are religion The LIM program, cannot be searched through its programs, said Dr. Tom teachers, directors of re- Ryan said, is “both normal online channels. Ryan, the second-year direc- ligious education, school traditional and prac- “Beyond classes and de- tor of LIM. principals and presi- tical and draws on grees, we also want to be a re- “When people around the dents,” Ryan said. “They Photo | COURTESY OF LOYOLA UNIVERSITY the long and rich source for the Church in New country learned of our qual- are priests, deacons and The Loyola Institute for Ministry is celebrating 40 years Catholic biblical, Orleans,” Ryan said. “This ity programs, they expressed diocesan ofﬁcials. They of serving the pastoral needs of Catholic clergy, spiritual and theo- fall we will have one of the interest in them, and we be- hold a wide range of posi- religious and laity. Its extension program, available logical tradition for premier Catholic New Testa- gan the Loyola Institute for tions within the Church. online, is 25 years old this year. its inspiration.” ment scholars (Jesuit Father Ministry Extension Program But we also have a focus “It always asks the Jan Lambrecht) on campus. in 1983,” Ryan said. “Thus, are called Marketplace Minis- Church. ‘so what?’ question – ‘so what He will deliver a public lecture this is the 40th anniversary try that draws its inspiration “The context for their min- does this mean in our lives on the Book of Revelation in of the institute and the 25th from Church teaching that istry is the world,” Ryan now?’” Ryan said. “For our November.” anniversary of our extension all the baptized are called to said. “Catholic parents, law- Catholic tradition to con- The Loyola Institute for Min- program.” ministry.” yers, ﬁreﬁghters, bankers and tinue to be a living tradition, istry can be reached at (504) In addition to the New Ryan said most laypersons builders are all called to grow we must always return to it to 865-3399; e-mail, LIM@loyono. Orleans program, LIM has do not work in positions in their faith so that they can study it and ask what it means edu; Web site, www.lim.loyno. learning groups in 45 dio- directly connected to the be God’s leaven in the world. in this place at this time.” edu. Page 14 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans trust, someone who shares their deep- food service system and café. Janice Carbon, LCSW est values and beliefs. Then healing can Our Lady of Holy Cross The college will add internships As a licensed take place.” to the business program, providing Our Lady “hands-on learning” in business. clinical social Since Katrina, many couples have of Holy Cross worked so hard to get their houses and OLHCC also has exclusive programs in worker with a deep College is radiologic technology and respiratory Catholic faith, Jan- ﬁnancial affairs back in order that they moving into have experienced “burn out” or are care with the Ochsner Health System. ice B. Carbon has the 2008-09 “weary from the struggle to survive.” academic Under the leadership of Holy Cross seen ﬁrsthand the Father Anthony J. De Conciliis, Ph.D., challenges families “Many have made it this far, but the year with an enrollment president, Our Lady of Holy Cross Col- – and marriages – stress has taken its toll on their mar- projected at lege has a new vision statement: have faced since riages,” Carbon said. “Three years out they cannot continue at this pace. It’s 1,400 students. Programs in biology, “Our Lady of Holy Cross College will Hurricane Katrina. be a Catholic, national, comprehensive, Sometimes pro- time to shift gears. It’s not enough to business, nursing and theology are growing. higher education institution known for fessional counseling skills, combined start strong; we must ﬁnd a way to ﬁnish the ability to balance liberal arts and strong. That’s where I can help.” The college continues to be one of with the core value of faith, can help a sciences and nationally accredited pro- the best values in higher education in couple that may be struggling in their Carbon said there are differences fessional programs. The College will be Louisiana. TOPS covers approximately marriage work through their difﬁcul- between Catholic and secular psycho- 40 percent of tuition, the best of any acclaimed for its individualized service ties. therapy. “People tend to go to counsel- private college in the state. to a diverse student body, the integra- “We live in a culture that has be- ing when life is hard for them, and In addition, OLHCC has brand new tion of mind and heart in the Marianite come toxic to our Catholic values,” therapy gives them permission to ﬂee science and nursing laboratories for tradition, and the academic preparation said Carbon, who has been in private the moment,” she said. “That often can the fall 2008 semester. These new labs for competent professionals in service practice for 20 years. “With the extreme be a moment of grace. This is where we will provide the facilities needed as the to the larger community.” pressures families and individuals face are called to sainthood.” college doubles the number of students Our Lady of Holy Cross College is today, people need a safe place to come Janice B. Carbon can be reached at in the clinical nursing program. located at 4123 Woodland Drive, New and regroup. It helps to talk things (504) 833-5087; Web site, www.Catholic Other improvements to the college’s Orleans, LA 70131; telephone (504) 394- through. They need a person they can therapists.com. facilities include a new student center, 7744; web site, www.olhcc.edu. Wealth and wages make life sweet, but better than either is ﬁnding a treasure. Children and the building of a city establish one’s name, but better than either is the one who ﬁnds wisdom. – Sirach 40.10: 18-19 August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 15 reth residents, then to former residents Christopher Homes of other Christopher Homes properties Mothe Life Insurance come up with a total amount and we put those funds into a life insurance Christo- not yet back in operation and then to Martha Chais- policy that earns interest to keep up pher Homes, former senior residents of New Orleans son, director of with inﬂation. There’s an agreement Inc., the se- who were dispersed by the storm. The- sales and marketing that the price of the services and the nior housing resa Poché, a popular manager, has been for Mothe Life In- casket will be covered even if the policy arm of the rehired to oversee Nazareth. surance Company/ is not enough.” Archdiocese In uptown New Orleans, the Apart- Prudent Plan, says Chaisson said the Prudent Plan has a of New Or- ments at Mater Dolorosa, located conve- prearranging funer- variety of payment options: monthly, leans, is mak- niently on the St. Charles Avenue street- al services is simple 12 months same as cash, and three-, ing a major car line, has about 20 one-bedroom and can save the ﬁve- and 10-year plans. comeback from Hurricane Katrina with units available for $700 a month rent family unnecessary “If you die before the policy is paid several exciting projects underway, said for seniors 55 and older. “The building grief at the time of up, it still pays the face amount,” Chais- executive director Dennis Adams. is in very good shape,” Adams said. death. son said. “So, it’s a death beneﬁt, just By the end of the year, some of the “Mater Dolorosa Church is right next “I sell a product that is needed by like a regular life insurance policy.” renovated apartments in Nazareth Inn store, and there’s off-street parking.” everyone at some time in their life, and As Baby Boomers age, Chaisson be- I and II on Hayne Boulevard near Lake Annunciation Inn will reopen soon, it is the greatest gift a person could leave lieves more will choose the prearrange- Pontchartrain should be ready for oc- and St. John Berchmans Manor in Gen- their loved ones,” Chaisson said. ment option. cupancy, with other apartments coming tilly and the Delille Inn in New Orleans The Prudent Plan is a life insurance “When they get close to retirement on line early next year. East are being renovated. Financing for policy that meticulously covers all fu- age or when they lose a parent who “These apartments have million- the renovation of St. Martin Manor is neral arrangements (with the exception had a prearrangement, they realize how dollar views of Lake Pontchartrain,” being ﬁnalized. of cemetery property): services, style of much easier it is,” Chaisson said. Adams said. Christopher Homes is located at 1000 casket and liturgical requests. “It can be Mothe Life Insurance Co. is located Nazareth Inn I and II is designed for Howard Ave., Suite 100, New Orleans, LA as speciﬁc as what songs you want sung at 1601 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, LA low-income seniors ages 62 and older. 70113; telephone, (504) 596-3460; Web at your funeral and what readings you 70056; telephone, (504) 398-0096; e-mail, Priority will be given to returning Naza- site, www.christopherhomes.org. want read,” Chaisson said. “Then we email@example.com. An honest man’s the noblest work of God. – Alexander Pope Page 16 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans Don’s Seafood Hut with their grandmas and their Mom and Dad,” Landry said. “We want them Cenacle Retreat House St. Ann Church inatMetairie, and a reception followed the house. Good food is a all to come back. It’s just as good as The Cenacle Re- In keeping with its tradition of pro- when their parents came here – and treat House pro- viding respite, the Cenacle responded south Louisiana vides a spiritual re- after Hurricane Katrina with new pro- tradition, and they came here for a reason.” spite for those who grams to help its visitors. As a result, that rich history Sometimes people living hectic Morcos said she’s seen the base of is epitomized at schedules in post-Katrina New Orleans are searching for inner peace, spiri- participants expand geographically. D o n ’s S e a f o o d need a place to just sit and relax, Lan- Retreats now include people from tual healing, direc- Hut, which has its dry said. tion and meaning southwest Louisiana and northern roots in a small “Sometimes the younger generation of life. Louisiana. Before the storm, most of restaurant open by is living such a fast pace, they are more Founded by the the retreatants were from Orleans and Don Louis Landry into the give-it-to-me-now, fast-food Religious of the Jefferson parish, she said. in Lafayette in 1934. type thing,” Landry said. “This is a Cenacle 50 years ago, sisters of the or- The Cenacle has revived home Tracy Landry, Don’s son, runs Don’s good old New Orleans restaurant where der continue to offer retreats, spiritual retreats offered in English and Span- Seafood Hut in Metairie, which opened the food is a lot better.” direction and prayer enrollment. Sister ish and its monthly prayer series. Don’s is open seven days a week for Emma Exconde, above, is the Cenacle’s The next series will begin Sept. 16 in 1975 and has undergone extensive program director. Programs are open to and continue on Tuesdays from 9:30 renovation since Hurricane Katrina. lunch and dinner. men and women and include Handi- to noon through March 2009. A re- The comfortable, fresh surroundings “There is something for everyone cent capital campaign allowed The capped Encounter Retreats and retreats and the excellent fresh seafood, steaks here,” Landry said. “We really appreci- for teens. Cenacle to repaint its exterior and and chicken continue to attract repeat ate our regular customers.” The Cenacle’s recent 50th anniver- complete other improvements. customers, many of whom are on a Don’s Seafood Hut is located at 4801 sary celebration drew 400 people, said The Cenacle Retreat House is lo- ﬁrst-name basis with the restaurant’s Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA Ann Morcos, marketing and develop- cated at 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie, 75 employees. 70006; telephone, (504) 889-1550; e- ment coordinator. Archbishop Alfred LA 70006. (504) 887-1420; Web site, “People tell us they went to Don’s mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hughes presided at a Mass at nearby www.cenaclesisters.org/metairie. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. – Helen Keller August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 17 Chateau de Notre Dame and denominations. de Notre Dame. It has 171 in skilled nursing care. Reha- Wynhoven Healthcare Center Chateau de Notre Dame skilled nursing beds and 100 bilitation also is offered. Client are ministries of the Archdio- opened in 1977 under Arch- independent living apartments. openings are available at both cese of New Orleans and offer bishop Philip Hannan’s Hori- Wynhoven opened a decade sites. long-term care and skilled nurs- zons project, said Sherri Guidry, later and has the capacity to Both facilities employ up- ing services to individuals of all director of housing for Chateau care for 180 elderly residents wards of 350 people with expe- rience ranging from ﬁve to 25 years, Guidry said. “All the staff that serve in the facilities serve in a ministry,” Wynhoven administrator Jane Fockler said. “Whether you are Sister Helene (a School Sister of Notre Dame who is Wyn- hoven’s pastoral care director) in a holy order, or in the dietary, housekeeping or nursing de- Photo by Frank J. Methe | CLARION HERALD partments, when you work in Jane Fockler is administrator at Wyn- this community and serve the hoven Healthcare Center. elderly, you are in a ministry. That’s what brings you to work the two communities is that a every day. That’s why we are variety of religious services are so proud of having a long-term offered. Daily Catholic Mass is staff. It’s a hard job to do this celebrated, and extraordinary day in and day out.” ministers of the Eucharist also Fockler said because the visit daily. skilled nursing end of the com- Chateau de Notre Dame is munities is open 24 hours, located at 2832 Burdette St., there are always employment New Orleans, (504) 866-2741. opportunities for those who feel Wynhoven Healthcare Center is Photo by Frank J. Methe | CLARION HERALD a calling and interest. at 1050 Medical Center Blvd., Wynhoven Healthcare Center and Chateau de Notre Dame offer long-term care and skilled nursing services. What’s also unique about Marrero, (504) 347-0777. Page 18 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans the nursing home ﬁeld because she felt Vaganova ballet method of teaching Riverbend Nursing it allowed her to make a strong bond Myra Mier School of Ballet under the direction of John Barker Riverbend with her patients. Myra Mier and continued her studies on Va- Nursing and Except for the months following School of Ballet, ganova with Jurgen Schneider and Rehabilita- Katrina, Riverbend Nursing and Reha- the ofﬁcial school Bella Kovarskaya. tion Center in bilitation Center has maintained a full of Jefferson Ballet Twenty years ago Mier formed the Belle Chasse, census and a full staff since opening in Theatre, celebrates Jefferson Ballet Theatre to promote which opened 1999. in 1999, has “Our customer is absolutely the key 36 years of excel- the art of ballet and to give talented as its mission to our success,” she said. “We are a lence. The school dancers the opportunity to per- providing the service-oriented industry, and we are is dedicated to the form in a professional atmosphere. best nursing home care possible. only as successful as our customers’ study of classical Through the JBT, she produces an The facility sustained major damage experiences. We depend 100 percent ballet, training annual “Nutcracker” production and from Hurricane Katrina but has been on our reputation as a quality care students in the Vaganova (Russian) other works. Auditions for this year’s renovated and is at full capacity, de- provider. If our customers are happy, method. “The Nutcracker” will be Sept. 13 be- spite the decreasing population in the then we have succeeded.” Former students from the school ginning at 2 p.m., and Sept. 14 at 1 area, said Kellie Maronge, administra- Maronge attributes part of that suc- have danced with the Boston Ballet, p.m. Nutcracker performances will be tor. cess to spending the money needed Ballet Met, the Oregon Ballet and Dec. 5-6 at Loyola University’s Rous- “Because there are fewer residents to provide quality patient care and other ballet companies throughout sel Performance Hall in New Orleans, in the area, it’s often difﬁcult to hire creating a positive environment for all local staff,” Maronge said. “But thus the United States, said studio director and Dec. 7-8 at the Pontchartrain patients. far we’ve been successful with stafﬁng Riverbend Nursing and Rehabilitation and owner Myra Mier. Center in Kenner. because we remain very competitive Center is located at 13735 Highway 23, Mier was trained in Cuba and Myra Mier School of Ballet is located with salaries and beneﬁts. Maintaining Belle Chasse, LA 70037; telephone, (504) New Orleans and in New York at the at 3621 Florida Ave., Kenner, LA 70065; a good reputation is helpful as well.” 656-0068; FAX, (504) 656-0037; e-mail, famed American Ballet Theatre. She telephone, (504) 468-1231; Web site, Maronge said she chose to work in email@example.com. also spent ﬁve years studying the www.jeffersonballet.com. An honest man’s the noblest work of God. – Alexander Pope August 23, 2008 | New Orleans GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS CLARION HERALD | Page 19 Faith-based investors help companies do good By Carol Baass Sowa ernance to environmental and human to Berry. of stock owned to ﬁle advisory resolu- Catholic News Service rights. This April the Ford Motor Co., as a tions did not change. Berry was invited Berry was senior vice president for direct result of 30 years of conversa- by SEC Chairman Christopher Cox philanthropic service for the Com- tions with the Dominican Sisters of to discuss the position of faith-based SAN ANTONIO (CNS) – When Laura munity Foundation for Greater New investors on the proposed regulatory Caldwell, N.J., agreed to be the ﬁrst Berry, now executive director of the Haven in Connecticut when she took changes. U.S. automaker to enforce specific Interfaith Center on Corporate Re- over as head of the Interfaith Center emissions reductions in their vehicle “I am quite sure that the voices of sponsibility, worked on Wall Street as on Corporate Responsibility in June ﬂeet this year, she said. faith investors came through loud and a portfolio manager, institutional cli- 2007. clear,” she said. ents with justice goals were routinely The New York center, established in Surprising level of support shuttled her way. 1971, is a coalition of 275 faith-based The same sisters also took on Exxon- Shining light on Darfur “I was actually enthusiastic about institutional investors – denomina- Mobil at a shareholders meeting in Another signiﬁcant issue for faith- investing this way,” said Berry, a tions, religious communities, pension April, with a resolution on exploring based investors has been the situation Catholic who grew up with a strong funds, health care corporations, foun- alternative energy sources, and Berry in the Darfur region of Sudan, and Ber- sense of social justice. dations and dioceses – with combined was elated with garnering 31 percent ry noted that young people have been “Many of the more traditional portfolios worth an estimated $110 bil- of the votes. pushing their universities to divest investment managers at the time lion. It seeks to integrate social values “The important thing is not ‘win- themselves of endowment investments thought it was: ‘You go to church on into corporate and investor decisions ning’ a majority vote,” she said. “The in places like Darfur and to think about Sunday and you worry about investing so as to build a more just and sustain- important thing is raising the issue socially responsible investment. your money Monday through Friday,’” able society. for the governance structure of the “We’re really trying to find ways she said. “I didn’t see it that way.” company, to have shareholders go on to engage the next generation,” said The little girl who attended St. Bene- Advisory resolutions turn up heat record as saying ‘Something’s got to Berry, “because we know they care dict Catholic School when she was Berry said one of the center’s success- be done about this.’” about these issues and we know that growing up in Detroit today heads a ful methods to inﬂuence how compa- they are very sophisticated in ways of nies do business is to bring advisory Not long after this the Securities and New York-based organization that has Exchange Commission began discuss- outreaching.” been a leading force in the corporate resolutions before corporations. While originally not enthusiastic about this ing the rights of shareholders in ﬁling “More and more, powerful institu- social responsibility movement since advisory resolutions. One proposal was tional investors,” she said, are looking its founding nearly 40 years ago. effort, companies have become eager to work with faith-based investors, to increase the amount of stock that at what “faith investors have been Berry was in San Antonio recently must be owned to ﬁle an advisory reso- talking about for a long time.” she said, after seeing how bad public to speak at the Socially Responsible lution, raising it from $2,000 worth to Berry pointed to studies showing relations affects their proﬁts. Investment Coalition’s fund-raising as much as $1 million. that investment returns go up when She noted that back in the ‘90s faith- dinner. Berry said the interfaith center mo- companies do good. based investors predicted the recent Financially responsible investing subprime lending debacle with regard bilized supporters against the move “The Creator set us up that when we She praised the 26-year-old coali- to home loans. – and had only 60 days to do it. As a did good, things would work better,” tion and its director, Benedictine Sis- They also have been ﬁling climate result 38,000 public comments oppos- she said. “When you think about just ter Susan Mika, for being a powerful and environmental resolutions since ing it were sent to the SEC. Previous about any faith tradition, not just our presence in the ﬁnancially responsible the ‘90s – long before this issue gained issues had never drawn more than own, they say things like: Love the investment movement and addressing popularity as a cause – and have seen 5,000 to 6,000 comments, she noted. Creator, love each other, take care of a range of issues, from corporate gov- much progress in this area, according So, the rules regarding the amount the globe.” Tips help consumers choose reputable businesses The New Orleans Better of someone wanting buying supplies) and Business Bureau offers 24- to give a good price. On the Web: Albert said. Be cautious of also a performance hour assistance to consumers www.neworleans.bbb.org businesses that state the job bond contracting or buying goods will be completed faster if from local businesses. The be done. more is paid up front. bureau gives detailed reports on businesses as well as provides Do not pay too much Make sure the business Be cautious when mediation and/or arbitration to up front before work is properly licensed. buying a used car resolve disputes. is done. Again the LSLBC is the after a disaster, Cynthia Albert, director of Get at least three references from a Albert said contractors at place to turn. especially when operations and media relations the Louisiana State Licensing ﬂooding is involved. for the New Orleans Better business. Check each company out. Board for Contractors (LSLBC) Business Bureau, gives the say that consumers should following tips to help consumers never pay contractors more make informed choices: than 10 percent or a maximum In the aftermath of disasters, Know the company of $1,000 of the total cost on a Albert also recommends the job. (This board was created by Also recommended you are dealing with. for contractors or Better Business Bureau as the the state Legislature in 1956 to place consumers can contact to protect the consumer against the those doing work discover if a charity is legitimate. “incompetent, inexperienced, on your home is to She said unscrupulous people unlawful and fraudulent acts of make sure the create charities with similar contractors.”) business has a lien names to established charities, ” Its Web site is: www.lslbc. bond (so a lien can’t making it often difﬁcult to know louisiana.gov/ be put on your home if the charity intended to receive Avoid knee-jerk Make sure you get reactions. Don’t just if a contractor didn’t the money will. Visit www.give. a contract outlining pay a bill when org to know the difference. take the word everything that is to Page 20 | CLARION HERALD GOOD BUSINESS MATTERS August 23, 2008 | New Orleans New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries The New Orleans Archdi- but we have made immense ocesan Cemeteries, an ofﬁce progress in a short time, so created in 1966 by Archbishop completion should not be too Phillip Hannan, has a new far in the future,” he said. director. Jody Rome, who has Rome is motivated to pro- worked in the office for 22 vide dedication and compas- years, took over Feb. 1, 2008, sion to the families he serves. as director. “Burying a loved one is prob- Rome follows in the foot- ably the most difﬁcult thing steps of not only his prede- anyone has to face in their cessor Mike Boudreaux, who lifetime and to have someone retired earlier this year after 40 there to show compassion years of service, but also con- and extend sympathy and full tinues the legacy of his father cooperation in this difficult Frank G. Rome, the original time is greatly appreciated director. and deserved,” he said. “The Rome is proud to say that family member who has just New Orleans Archdiocesan lost a loved one is turning to Cemeteries cares for all Catholic God and the Church to ease cemeteries in New Orleans and the pain of loss. It is my mo- acts as a consultant to the 14 tivation to make sure these parish-based cemeteries in the people are leaving with a sense archdiocese. All Catholic cem- of peace that their loved one is eteries have modern mausole- in God’s hand, and the Church ums and have been restored to has done its part in making this pre-Katrina condition, he said, security a reality.” Photo by Frank J. Methe | CLARION HERALD and the Perpetual Care Fund is The New Orleans Archdiocesan growing. Jody Rome is the new director of the New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries ofﬁce, succeeding Mike Boudreaux. Rome’s father Frank was the ﬁrst director of the cemeteries ofﬁce. Cemeteries is located at 1000 Modernizing the department Howard Ave., Suite 500, New has been a passion for Rome. ized all burial records. He is in ies” where anyone around the and know who’s buried there Orleans, LA 70113; telephone, Over the past decade, he has the process of building a Web world can visit their family me- and its condition. (504) 596-3050; fax, (504) built databases and computer- site to create “virtual cemeter- morial in any of the cemeteries “This project is a grand one, 596-3055.