Rev. Teresa Reiger founded Elan Ministries, Inc. in 2004, hosting and training urban ministry interns until Hurricane Katrina invaded the city in 2005. She spent the following months cooking meals on Coleman stoves for volunteers and coordinating restoration assistance for neighbors. She established HisHands2Go, a relief branch of the ministry with a 10 yr commitment to recovery efforts. The work of Elan expanded in 2010 when she founded Garden on Marais, an interactive neighborhood garden in the 9th Ward.
11 years have passed since Hurricane Katrina, and Pastor Reiger continues to minister in the community with Elan Ministries and as Lead Pastor of St. Luke Assembly of God.
Rev. Larry Swift
Executive Director, HisHands2Go
Rev. Larry Swift came down to New Orleans early in 2006 to help pastors and families rebuild. His plan was to serve for a week and then go back to upstate New York and continue with business activities. However, the Lord had other ideas for him, and he returned to New Orleans a couple more times. By mid 2006 he was serving with HH2G and other group related ministries full time. Larry looks forward to continued participation in what God is doing through His church and faith based ministries in NOLA as the neighborhoods are rebuilt one church, one family, and one business at a time.
Director, Garden on Marais
Originally from Garrett, Indiana, Kayla journeyed to New Orleans several times during 2006 – 2007 as a hurricane relief volunteer, and in late 2007 made a permanent move to the crescent city. During her early trips to New Orleans she caught a love for the city and its unique people and culture and, of course, its food! . During her time in New Orleans Kayla has gained a passion for growing fresh, nutrient-rich foods, and educating young ones about gardening and nutrition. In 2015 she launched the first session of the Garden on Marais 4-H kids club, introducing our inner city youth to a variety of fresh vegetables, and “planting seeds” of interest and excitement about growing and preparing delicious, nutritional foods!
Hospitality Coordinator, HisHands2Go
From Fort Wayne, IN, Suzanne made her first journey to New Orleans in June of 2007. She jumped at an opportunity to serve in New Orleans for just a summer, but instead chose to relocate to New Orleans and become an intern of Elan Ministries, and later a staff member. Suzanne currently serve as the hospitality coordinator for HH2G, and counts it a true privilege to accommodate the volunteers that come so that they in turn can enhance the lives of the homeowners they work for.