United Way, partners to open Prosperity Center in Washington Parish

Published 2:09 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its United Way Prosperity Center – Bogalusa Campus – the first center of its kind serving Washington Parish residents – located at 432 Avenue U in Bogalusa.

The new center is a partnership between UWSELA, the City of Bogalusa and the International Paper Bogalusa Mill.

The center’s expert staff will help low- to moderate-income participants gain financial stability through an array of services, including financial education and coaching, credit building and counseling, benefits screening, incentivized savings and income tax assistance.

Programming will be available to the public at no cost.



UWSELA’s new Bogalusa Prosperity Center ribbon-cutting, open house



Michael Williamson, UWSELA President and CEO

Denise Robinson, Prosperity Center client

Richard “Ned” Thomas, Jr., Washington Parish President

Nakia Cowan, International Paper Bogalusa Mill Manager

Mayor Tyrin Truong, City of Bogalusa

Ronnie Slone, UWSELA Chair

UWSELA staff



Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023 | 11:00 a.m.



United Way Prosperity Center – Bogalusa Campus

432 Ave. U

Bogalusa, LA 70427



@UnitedWaySELA on Facebook


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana

For almost 100 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit UnitedWaySELA.org. Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.


About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global producer of planet-friendly packaging, pulp and other fiber-based products, and one of North America’s largest recyclers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 39,000 colleagues globally who are committed to creating what’s next. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2022 were $21.2 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting www.internationalpaper.com.