Our mission is to build up people of all ages and social backgrounds, without regard to race or religion, as they strive for healthier, more fulfilling and self-sufficient lives.​


Thensted Center serves more than 200 rural households annually.

We attend to the educational, material, spiritual, and independence needs of children and teens, senior citizens, single parents, veterans, people with disabilities and housebound residents.


  • After School Tutoring

  • Summer Renaissance Enrichment

  • Children's Library

  • Empowering Seniors

  • Budgeting & Representative Payee Services

  • Food Pantry

  • FoodNet 7-Day Staples Project

  • Emergency Aid

  • Trash to Treasure Thrift Shop

  • Al Anon


Serving Acadiana since 1982

Donate Today!

Thensted Center exercises careful stewardship of resources to address the needs within the community.


Your tax-deductible contribution will have an immediate and transforming impact. 


Use the Donate Button above to donate through Pay Pal or donate by check to:

Thensted Outreach Center
PO Box 341
Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Stronger Together


Our volunteers and community partners make our work possible!


We enjoy the generosity of dozens of local volunteers, student volunteers from Academy of the Sacred Heart, Jesuit High School of New Orleans, University of Notre Dame, Creighton University, and the volunteers from the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.

We work closely with Catholic Charities of Acadiana, Food Net, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Affiliated Blind Louisiana, Experience Works, ARC of Acadiana, and several local schools, public agencies, and public officials.

Join us! Call (337) 662-5838 for more information. 

Hearty thanks to our all our community partners who make our mission possible!

Local supporters:

Acadiana Center for the Arts

Catholic Charities of Acadiana

F & R Air Conditioning

Harper Family Foundation

JB Mouton LLC

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Robert Charles Guidry Sr. Charitable Trust

Russell's Food Center

Second Harvest of Acadiana

Stuller Family Foundation

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Landry-Evangeline United Way

National supporters:

Home Bank

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Society of the Sacred Heart U.S. - Canada

U.S. Central & Southern Province of the Society of Jesus

Union Pacific Foundation

Walmart Community Grants Program


Thensted Center has temporarily suspended on-site programs and services until it is safe to convene again. 

We ARE responding to each and every individual who seeks assistance.


Please call us (337) 662-5838 so we can ensure someone is available to assist you with your specific concern.

Food Pantry pick up is available - please call first. We are also delivering prepared meals to senior citizens and homebound individuals. 

We welcome individuals and families who have been displaced by recent hurricanes to contact us for assistance. 


All are welcome at our table!