Manifested Miracles is the brainchild of Riva La Voy. Her vision for an organization to help women was made possible after a car accident left her partially paralyzed, but gave her the financial resources to start Manifested Miracles.
In August of 2011, La Voy purchased a building to renovate; by February 2012, it was finished and large enough to encompass two small women’s businesses and a corner store, all of which are used by the organization to promote training for women as well as to raise revenue to continue the Manifested Miracles mission during a 7-month live-in program. While the extended shelter has the capacity to house 15 women at a time, its current capacity is half to two-thirds of that, due to lack of consistent funding. Revenue from the corner store and two businesses, which include a barber shop and a nail salon, go toward the daily needs of the women within the program.
For those looking to donate or to read more about Manifested Miracles and its success stories, visit manifestedmiracles.com.
Christopher Rapp, a film student in the Department of Film and Theatre at University of New Orleans, sat down with Riva La Voy to ask about the group’s motto: Rebuilding lives, one miracle at a time.
The Film and Theatre Department of UNO and NolaVie present this series of short films produced by the students in Laszlo Fulop’s documentary class. Read Renee Peck’s column about the program here.