Christian Outreach Center Welcomes New Board Members


The Christian Outreach Center of Baton Rouge is a Christ-centered homeless intervention ministry helping people toward self-sufficiency in Baton Rouge. The COC exists to help people towards self-sufficiency and restored dignity through employment.

To help us in achieving our strategic plan of doubling our services, raising $1.2M annually in fundraising and grants revenues, growing team sizes, opening new locations of both our Purple Cow Stores and Christian Outreach Centers, and providing new and unique services to the region, the Christian Outreach Center formally inducted five new members to their Board of Directors on October 24th, 2022; Jerry Audet, Manager – Agile Transformation Coach, Ernst & Young Global Consulting Services, Benjamin Hunter, Associate General Counsel, APTIM, Rep. Vanessa Caston LaFleur, State Representative District 101, Louisiana House of Representatives, Dr. Andre Harmon, Sr. Systems Analyst, Federal Government, and Ed Baker, Partner, Executive Hotel Management.

Adding to the current board members, Nick Cagley, Owner, Cagley Homes, Rev. Gerrit Dawson (Chair), Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, Ann-Felice Fourier, Retired Educator, Summer Dann, Director, Capital Area STEM Network, Greg Cotter (Treasurer), Self-Employed, Financial Services, and Deborah Todd (Secretary), Owner, The Deborah Todd Agency, the new members will work to grow capacities of the organization and to optimize the provision of services to the community.

We are excited to welcome these new members to the COC and to continue in advancing our work of restoring self-sufficiency and dignity for those seeking alleviation from poverty, homelessness, and the effects of incarceration alongside them!