Holy Angels

Aired Thursday, November 6 at 6 p.m. On this Health Matters we examined Autism Spectrum Disorders with a panel featuring Clinical Psychologist Dr. Michelle Yetman and Speech Pathologist Mike McGill with the LSU Health School of Allied Health Professions’ Children’s Center; Holy Angels CEO Laurie Boswell and Holy Angels Director of Resident Care Mary O’Neal. We also took your questions. Listen again here.

Kate Archer Kent

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has awarded 36 affordable housing grants in its service district -- Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and New Mexico -- that will assist in creating more than 1,600 new or remodeled homes. One nonprofit in Shreveport, Holy Angels, will be able to start on two remodeling projects this fall. A group home and a dormitory will be refurbished for its residents who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. Holy Angels received $441,000 in all. CEO Laurie Boswell said the grants will be used in part to make bathrooms handicap accessible.

A ceremony today will mark the completion of grant-funded renovations totaling $400,000 at Holy Angels, a residential facility in Shreveport housing 184 people with developmental disabilities. CEO Laurie Boswell says Holy Angels' 1960s-era buildings are in need of many repairs and upgrades. The ceremony is set for 2 p.m.