Want to join Kinship? We’d love to have you! Here’s everything you need to know!
Hopeful members must be 62+ years of age and reside in Orleans parish to receive full membership benefits. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Kinship does not require a membership fee! We do have a suggested donation of $50 a year for members, which can be paid at a pace that suits your lifestyle. However, Kinship is dedicated to providing low or no-cost services to members. No one will be denied membership due to inability to donate. Hopeful members must complete our application packet, which may be obtained during your visit to the center. Because our calendar of events is dynamic, we ask that you make an appointment to schedule a walkthrough.
✽ Please note that we are only equipped to provide services to adults 62+ years of age who are physically and cognitively independent; however, if a hopeful member is unable to participate independently and requires assistance, they are still welcome if they attend with their own designated caregiver for the entirety of their time spent at the center. If there is a question or concern about capability, it will be evaluated by the Executive Director as this pertains to our bylaws, scope of service provision, and concerns liability responsibilities.
In compliance with the New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA), Kinship members must provide a valid form of identification, a copy of their Social Security Income award letter or another approved form of proof of income, and a current list of their medications. This is merely for NOCOA records and will not exclude or disqualify anyone from joining Kinship.
Additionally, members must complete a short assessment required annually by the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs, known as the Louisiana Independent Living Assessment (LILA). The LILA is a way for us to keep current records of your emergency contacts, current medications + allergies, and an emergency preparedness plan in the event of a hurricane evacuation. The LILA is also used to register members for daily hot lunches provided by Meals on Wheels.
A staff member will happily sit with you to complete your application & answer all of your questions!
— Eligibility granted to participate in our full calendar of programs & special events
— Hot lunch served daily via Meals on Wheels of America
— Come five days a week or drop in when something on the calendar calls your name!
— Daily transport to & from Kinship for members residing in the 70115, 70118 & 70125 zip codes
The safety of our community remains our highest priority. We encourage full vaccination against COVID-19, including boosters. Masking is no longer required to enter, but is highly encouraged to protect the most vulnerable among us. N95 & KN95 masks have been shown to provide great protection against SARS-CoV-2 for self and others. If you are concerned about being around others who are not masked, we suggest wearing an N95 or KN95 mask to protect yourself.
Kinship rents space from an ADA-exempt facility. We use a mobile ramp to accommodate persons who use wheelchairs. Please call ahead with questions or concerns.
schedule a visit
If you're interested in becoming a member, please call ahead and schedule a visit! We're happy to answer all the questions you may have! We will show you around & introduce you to Kinship members. We welcome you to sit in on an activity, so be sure to check our monthly events calendar!
The best times to schedule a visit are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to11:00am.