Programs: Addressing Community Needs

In 2019, we provided more than 10,000 meals for seniors and children and administered more than 16,000 social services.
Responding to Basic Needs:
  • Emergency Food Pantry

  • Home visits to elderly and housebound residents to assess needs

  • Thrift store for clothing, furniture, and household items

  • Christmas baskets (food, toiletries, and household items)


Soup Kitchen
Community Events:
  • Black Pot Cook-Off
  • Family Fun Day & Bingo
  • Festival of Words Community Stage​
  • Trick-or-Treat and Winter Wonderland celebrations
  • Pre-teen/Teen Extravaganza​​
Promoting Dignity
and Independence:
  • Representative Payee & Budgeting Program for individuals who need assistance in coordinating finances to live independently

  • Empowering Seniors Program to provide  ongoing engagement among senior citizens, and activities that provide spiritual, emotional, and social support

Educational Offerings:

  • After School Tutoring 

  • Summer Renaissance Program for children and teens aged 6-17 for enriching academic, cultural, and  recreational activities

  • Career Education Program (CEP) to help high school students learn first-hand about career possibilities with on-the-job training

  • Children's Library

First Aid

Disaster Relief:

  • Grab-n-Go Meals for Children

  • Grab-n-Go and Delivery of Meals for Senior Citizens and Housebound Residents

  • Emergency Support Services


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.

Currently, 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 Hurricane Laura to contact us for assistance. 


All are welcome at our table!