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Christian Services in Shreveport (1989)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-04-09

Duration: 00:16:39

Subjects: Poverty | Catholic Church | Nonprofit organizations


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Caffery, Margaret Interviewee
  • Robertson, Alice Interviewee
  • Dolphin, Laverne Interviewee
  • Jackson, Robert Interviewee


This segment from the April 9, 1989, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s profile of Christian Services, a nonprofit organization that helps people living in poverty in Shreveport, Louisiana. She interviews Sister Margaret Caffery, the founder and director, who discusses: the start of Christian Services in 1970; their first project, a school breakfast program; their collaboration with other churches; their support they receive from the community through donations; her home visits to learn the needs of the people they serve; and their mission of helping people living in poverty to learn their value as humans. Masingale also interviews the directors of three other Christian Services projects: Alice Robertson, the manager of the Hospitality House, which serves hot meals; Sister Laverne Dolphin, the director of Mother Stewart House, a shelter for homeless women; and Dr. Robert Jackson, the director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center.