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Mission Statement

The mission of Community Center for Life is to save the lives of the unborn by educating, counseling, and helping restore men and women using God’s eternal truth and scientific principles. We are committed to helping all people respect life from conception.

Who We Are

Community Center for Life (CCL) is a non-profit, non-denominational, crisis pregnancy center in the heart of Gretna, LA. We were founded in 1995 by Dagmar Mueller, a Swiss missionary, and midwife. Dagmar had a vision for reaching women in the Greater New Orleans area with the message of God’s love and hope during a crisis pregnancy. Since our inception, we have been able to serve over 8,500 women.

Our services started simple, offering women one free visit with pregnancy testing, counseling, abortion education, and sex education. We have now expanded to offer each of our clients 5 different visits, plus the option to participate in our after-hours classes! Some of our free services include:

  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Confidential Counseling
  • Ultrasounds
  • Abortion Education
  • Prenatal and STD Education
  • Medicaid Applications
  • Physician, Adoption, and Housing Referrals
  • Baby and Maternity Supplies


  • Prenatal
  • Parenting
  • Post-Abortion Healing
  • Mentoring

Community Center for Life is a 501(c)(3) organization. 100% of our funding comes from donations by churches, businesses, and individuals.

To learn more about us, please call us at (504) 227-9090 and ask to speak with our director, Deya Onsotti. Thank you to all of those who give of your time, your resources, your money, and your prayers!

How You Can Help


Please keep Community Center for Life in your prayers.  The battle we fight for life cannot be won by our own power.  Please also pray that God would prepare the hearts and change the lives of our clients, their babies, their partners, their friends, and their families.

Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”


We are always looking for volunteers to help us at the pregnancy center!  We have a wide variety of needs from confidential counseling, to sorting baby clothes, to filing, to making phone calls, to maintenance and more! Please give us a call at (504) 227-9090 or e-mail us at to see how you can help!

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


CCL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all financial donations are tax exempt.


Thank you for supporting our efforts in the fight for life.  As you may know, Community Center for Life is a multi denominational ministry offering free services to the women and families in our community who find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy.   Because of your generosity, you have helped many women feel comfortable with their decision to choose life.

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your hart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Host A Baby Shower

Get some of your friends, your family, or a church group together and throw a baby shower!  Pseudo baby showers are a fun way to collect brand new baby items for our Mommy and Me Store.  All items collected at your baby shower will be used as gifts for our clients after they complete our free pre-natal classes!  Women who attend the pre-natal class earn points by bringing friends and family, participating in group discussions and completing homework.  At the end of this six week class, the women can use their points to purchase mom and baby items from our Mommy and Me Store.

Participate in Our Baby Bottle Campaign

Our Baby Bottle Campaign helps raise money for our center through pennies, nickels and dimes.  But as we know from the story of the widow and her two small coins in Mark 12:41-44, it’s not the amount you give, but the heart with which you give.  We also know that change adds up.  The baby bottle campaign is usually done through a church, business, or other organization.  If you are interested in heading up a baby bottle campaign we would love to send you 5, 10 or even 100 baby bottles.  Each individual baby bottle is to be taken home by different members of your group.  Any spare change someone may have goes into the bottles, and at the end of a month, the bottles are collected again and sent to the Community Center for Life.  The baby bottle campaign is a great way to create change by giving change!  Please contact Director, Deya Onsotti, at (504) 227-9090  if you would like further information, or if you are interested in organizing your own Baby Bottle Campaign!


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