Liberty Dwelling is the brainchild of Eloise K. Collins. As a mental health provider working with a local mental health rehabilitation program to provide services to children and adolescents, it became evident to her that housing and many other resources for young adults who have aged-out of the foster care system were almost nonexistent in our community. Therefore, it became evident that it would be beneficial to provide a service which empowers young adults to realize their uniqueness, and provides the tools and resources they need to assist them in becoming self-spirit actualized. Her goal is to use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Christ’s command to “love each other” to accomplish the goal and objective of becoming productive citizens in the community.
Eloise has been a resident of Terrebonne parish for the past fifteen years. In the past, she was a real estate agent with Patterson Real Estate Agency and a member of the Bayou Board of Realtors. She obtained her GED from Bayou Cane Adult Education in Houma and then continues her education by obtaining her BA in psychology from Nicholls State University and MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She also receives her certification as a Christian Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Eloise has adapted this parish as her own. Eloise, her husband (Tom), and their three children moved to Louisiana in 2001. She is a Jamaican by birth and a naturalized American citizen. Her husband is from New York and works in the oilfield industry.