Northshore Families Helping Families is a 501c3 nonprofit established under the guidance of Act 378 of 1989. NFHF is the only family resource center for individuals with disabilities on the Northshore. We give parents of children with disabilities knowledge, support and confidence by providing peer-to-peer support, information; referrals to disability resources and education and training. 


  • We give PARENTS knowledge, support and confidence.

  • We connect ADULTS with disabilities to vital resources.

  • We support PROFESSIONALS who serve individuals with disabilities. 

  • We support YOUTH to become self-advocates.

  • We educate LEGISLATORS on the needs of individuals with disabilities.

History of NFHF

Act 378 of 1989 known as the Community and Family Support Act, created at the direction of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.

  • Children, regardless of the severity of their disability, need families and enduring relationships with adults in a nurturing home environment. As with all children, children with developmental disabilities need families and family relationships to develop to their full potential.

  • Adults with developmental disabilities should be afforded the opportunity to make decisions for themselves and to live in typical homes and communities where they can exercise their full rights and responsibilities as citizens.​

  • Through Act 378, parents of children with disabilities sought out a place run by families like themselves where they could seek disability information, resources, and support; in 1992, each region in Louisiana was represented by a Families Helping Families Resource Center thanks to funding provided by the LA DDC and LA Parents Training and Information Center.

  • Each Families Helping Families center is an independent nonprofit organization governed by their own Board of Directors and funded by state contracts and donations.

  • Each region builds programs based on the needs of their individual region, but the common philosophy and dedication to supporting people with disabilities and their family members to live, work, and play is the same.


To provide the individuals with disabilities the services, information; resources and support to enhance their independence, productivity and inclusion within our community.


To ensure all individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities to be educated, live, work and recreate in their own communities.

Meet Our Staff

Kathy Dillon

Executive Director

Odessa Held

Communications Manager & Administrative Assistant

Angela Durand

Resource Specialist

Ashley Nielsen

Education Liaison

Rachael Sykes

Adult Program Coordinator

Karen Artus

LaCAN Leader Region 9

Heather St. Amant


Sean Morrison

Vice Chairperson

Amanda Mitchell


Kathleen Martinell


April Ducuing


Bambi Guilbeau


LyKinda Thibodeaux




Florida Parishes Human Services Authorit

Contract Funders


108 Highland Park Plaza  I  Covington, LA 70433

(985) 875-0511


Toll Free

(800) 383-8700


(985) 875-9979

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