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Serving the HIV/AIDS population of New Orleans, Belle Reve was the first non-profit, assisted-living facility of its kind, to be licensed in the State of Louisiana. Belle Reve has consistently received superior ratings and honors from monitoring agencies, including a “Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service” from the City of New Orleans; and the Executive Director received a “Special Commendation” from the United States Department of State, for working with international visitors. Additionally, our Executive Director, Vicki Weeks was also honored with an “Acclaim Award” from the Forum for Equality, for her tireless work in the HIV/AIDS community. Belle Reve has also won corporate and foundation funding from the MAC AIDS Fund through their MAC Cosmetics, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, EPNO, Harrah’s Casino, BellSouth, Walmart, the Almar Foundation, and from the Friday Night Before Mardi Gras organization, among others.
Chartered in September 1992 and opening its doors in March 1993, Belle Reve has 501(c)3 non-profit status. Since opening, Belle Reve has provided a home and full support services for low-income and homeless adults and families, living with HIV/AIDS. As the needs of the community increased, Belle Reve responded in kind and received federal funding to renovate the neighboring Belle Esprit house into four apartments. Additionally, local interior designer Chet Pourciau, in conjunction with Eric Hess of Hess Marketing, donated time and talents, as well as funiture, to decorate the Belle Esprit community living room. Work has also been completed on renovating the warehouse garage, Belle Grace, into an additional seven person group home. Belle Reve New Orleans can now serve a total of 15 individuals and four couples or families with children, at any one given time.