Ozanam Inn Day Space

Small Center worked with Ozanam Inn, a long-standing homeless shelter and resource center, to re-envision and rebuild its outdoor day-time space.

Project Dates

August 2016–December 2016


As in many cities, New Orleans faces the chronic and complicated issue of homelessness. A variety of organizations, health services, economic opportunities, and affordable housing are needed to address the challenges of homelessness, and Ozanam Inn has been committed to providing such services for more than 60 years.

Small Center Engagement

Ozanam Inn features a covered outdoor space to accommodate a safe daytime seating area for its clients. Small Center worked closely with staff and clientele to understand the needs of the space, including seating, shade, storage, weather protection, and more; the structure and seating provides better access to Ozanam’s many client services, including meal distribution and health service appointments. The project team both designed and built the new daytime space, providing a place of respite for Ozanam’s clients, who with comfortable access to regular services can more easily pursue a path to success.

Partner Organization

As a special work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Ozanam Inn’s immediate priority is to offer aid and comfort to the poor and needy in the community by offering the most basic needs, (shelter, food and clothing), in addition to case management and counseling, job and life skills training, physical, dental and mental healthcare treatment, legal counsel and more. Staff and volunteers work with each client’s individual needs to create a path for success.


The completed project improved the outdoor space available to Ozanam’s clients, providing a comfortable, social, and inspirational area with better access to the many services available on-site. A final booklet outlines the design and construction process, and details the completed end product.


Ozanam Inn

  • Deacon Baggio S. DiGiovanni
  • Reneé Blanche
  • Clarence Adams
  • Staff, Program Volunteers, and Clientele

Team Members

Project Leads

  • Doug Harmon (Design Lead)
  • Nick Jenisch (Project Manager)
  • Sue Mobley (Engagement Advisor)


  • Shoshana Gordon
  • Maggie Hansen
  • Donn Peabody
  • Emilie Taylor Welty


  • Kevin Atkinson
  • Hannah Bahney
  • Ian Carr
  • Rebecca Cumming
  • Clifford Fox
  • Alex Goessler
  • Sara Allen Harper
  • Jonathan House
  • Haley Lindsley
  • Christopher Longman
  • Wells Megalli
  • Cassidy Rosen
  • Lauren Taylor

Special Thanks

  • Laura Bryan
  • Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell
  • Fred Karnas
  • Elliott Perkins & Anna Pernas (Historic District Landmarks Commission)
  • Dash Lumber
  • Lexan
  • Neil Alexander Photography


  • Mr. and Mrs. (Erin) John-Paul Hymel

Press and Awards

Divine Detail Award of Merit

AIA New Orleans

New Custom-Designed Benches Raise Spirits of Homeless Men at Ozanam Inn

New Orleans Advocate

New, More Welcoming Respite Spot at Ozanam Inn

Clarion Herald

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