Our Founding Members
Geri Christ Landry
Ann Hart Miller
Marian Hartwell Cannon
Karen McComb Duhon
In 2009, through generous donations, fundraising efforts, and community support, Autism Services purchased land and built the first autism-specific home for adults in Louisiana. Since opening the Geri Christ Landry House (formerly known as Creole House), our organization has purchased and opened three additional homes, all located in Lake Charles and all offering housing and support services exclusively to adults on the autism spectrum. All four homes, including Marion Hartwell Cannon House, Karen McComb Duhon House, and Ann Hart Miller House, are named to recognize the vision, work and determination of the women who founded our organization.
What is Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana?
Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2003, was founded on the belief that each person with autism should have the opportunity to participate in a living environment specifically tailored to their unique needs and abilities. The founders of our organization, all of whom have close family members on the autism spectrum, were concerned their loved ones could be forced into institutions or group homes where they might not receive individual attention and care appropriate to their needs.
How are we different?
We do not operate group homes. Instead, we offer a home and lifestyle that is fully engaged in the community. The women and men who reside in our homes experience a supervised housemate setting where they share expenses and living areas of the home but have their own private bedrooms and, in many instances, private bathrooms. Schedules are tailored to individual interests and needs, and transportation to community outings, recreational events, and appointments in the local area is provided by trained caregivers who also assist with other activities of daily living.