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Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center

950 E. Washington St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 389-4860 Office
(225) 389-4855 Fax
7a-6p M, 7a-6p T, 7a-6p W, 7a-8:30p TH, 7a-4p F

Sherman G. Ruth, Esq.
Executive Director

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Mission Statement

The Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, is centrally located for the persons of this community, serves the residents of South Baton Rouge in their social, civic, medical, cultural, recreational and spiritual pursuits.

The center offers many workshops to adults, senior citizens and children in an effort to uplift and inform them of services that can enhance their lives in a positive way.  The center serves as a utility payment site for Entergy, Baton Rouge Water Company and the service fee business department.  Blood pressure screenings, computer literacy classes, commodity distribution, dance classes, energy assistance and after school tutoring are other free services available. The center also serves as a host for the Senior Employment Program, City of Baton Rouge Court Services Program and the Louisiana State University and Southern University community services program.


What types of services do you have to offer at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center?

The Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center provides a variety of services to the community such as rent, mortgage and utility assistance such as Project Care for senior citizens. We also provide a monthly food distribution for senior citizens who meet the income guidelines and quarterly commodities distribution every 3 months to eligible households.

Do I need to live in a certain area to receive service from the Community Center?

Yes, the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center mainly serves the residents of South Baton Rouge.

What days and times do you accept assistance applications?

Applications are accepted Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Applications are taken on a "first come, first served" basis until the quota of 30 per day has been met. Applications are taken until funds will be depleted.

What funds are available now?

At this time, funds are available for energy assistance. Please call 389-4814 or 389-4896 for further details and qualification requirements.

What days and times are the monthly commodities given?

The Food for Families or Commodities distribution dates for the Community Center are on the every first, and third Thursday of each month from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. For a list of the necessary requirements call 1-800-522-3333.

For the quarterly commodities program through the Social Services Department call 389-4896; 389-4814 or the Main Office at 358-4561 (BRACA Office).

What about food for infants?

The East Baton Rouge Parish WIC Office phone number is 342-1711. They assist with formula for infants and food for expecting mothers.

What additional programs does the center provide for senior citizens?

The Community Center also offers fitness classes to senior citizens to help them prolong their health and longevity.  Call Mrs. Theresa Townsend, the personal trainer at 389-4860 for further details concerning the Sensational Seniors Fitness Program. The Community Center also offers computer classes for the senior citizens to help them keep abreast of changing technology and to assist them to become more computer literate. Call main line for dates and times.

What other additional programs do you offer for the community?

The Community Center offers a Quick Pay Center for residents to pay their Entergy or Water/Sewer bills. Payments may be made between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments are accepted by check or money order only.

Paternity Testing was a previous service offered at the community center.†It was completed by Reliagene Technologies, a company based in New Orleans, Louisiana.† This service is "NO" longer provided at the Community Center. You may call 1-800-256-4106 to find the nearest testing site in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Black Alcoholism Council has an office in Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center (Metro Health), and this organizationís mission is: To develop and implement strategies that will reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; to educate and provide risk reduction counseling and testing to individuals in institutional and community settings; to encourage early HIV testing; to motivate behavioral changes in persons with behaviors that put them at risk of getting infected with HIV/STDís; to increase the awareness of preventive services; to render support and directions to persons infected with HIV and other STDís; to offer alcohol and drug prevention and referral services (basic education, and connect individuals with alcohol or drug problems to counseling and treatment services. The phone number is 338-9333.

All Sexually Transmitted Diseases Testing is now located at 1427 Main Street, Baton Rouge, 70802. The phone number is 342-1799.

The LSU Medical Center has an outreach branch located in the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center for LSU Medical Center (EKL) patients. The phone number is 342-8225.

The Community Center has rooms available for rental for parties, gatherings and meetings. To rent the center for personal events or meetings, contact Cynthia at 389-4860.

District 10 Councilwoman Tara Wicker Office is located within the Community Center. Councilwoman Wicker Legislative Aide is Cordia Clark. You may contact Cordia at 389-5140, 389-8720 or

The Community Center is a VITA site where you may e-file your taxes free of charge. Please call for appointment and times.

The Community Center also offers legal assistance through the Martinet Legal Foundation, a society of black attorneys who assist with Pro Bono cases, as well as, other legal matters. To reach someone in that office please dial 387-2278.

Old South Baton Rouge Revitalization is an organization designed to assist with the redevelopment of South Baton Rouge by putting up newly constructed affordable housing, for the residents of South Baton Rouge. The organization is spearheaded by Col. Harold T. Webb. Call 389-8944 for more information and details.

Community University Partnership, or CUP for short, works to combine the resources of LSU with the strengths of Old South Baton Rouge to build a stronger, more economically sustainable community. This program is funded primarily by a three-year grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development although smaller grants help to supplement several of the activities sponsored by CUP.

CUP works in three key areas: Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Organization and Development. Cupís Projects include sponsoring workshops and trainings, building playgrounds, sponsoring neighborhood clean-up campaigns and free legal sessions. Please contact our office at 389-8566 or email at or visit the office. Please visit the CUP website External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge for more detailed information.

The Community Center also hosts an Annual Health Fair in August for residents of the community to inform them of changing health habits and how to maintain healthy lifestyles.

Camp Computer is a summer program sponsored by Mrs. Lorri Burgess. The camp is geared to help children in our area become more computer proficient and to assist them with studying for the LEAP exams.

Ray-Jís College of Hair offers free haircuts here at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center every first Wednesday of each month from 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Raymond Cosey at (225) 928-6890 or (225) 338-0874.