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About Us

Our Mission

Redstick C.A.R.E.S. is committed to taking the lead in building a resilient community by transforming the way underserved populations access mental, behavioral, and social health through human connection.

Meet the fundamental needs of our community

  • Weekly Food Pantry

  • Monthly Clothing Donations

Provide access to affordable and quality mental health care

  • We accept all insurance panels including Medicaid and Tricare

  • Services within 72 hours

Provide opportunities for human connections

  • Free, inclusive programming

  • Programs spanning various interest areas

Education and Advocacy

  • Free, educational sessions on parenting, anger management, domestic violence, IEP & 504 services, and more

  • Connection and referrals to special education advocates

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Our Partners


Where we work


Our Founders.

Tara and Jannean first crossed paths during their time at Southeastern Louisiana University, where their shared passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others sparked a lasting connection. Both graduated with degrees in special education, and their commitment to creating inclusive and supportive environments for individuals with special needs became the driving force behind their careers.

After gaining invaluable experience in the classroom, Jannean set out to champion the rights and well-being of students with special needs. In pursuit of this mission, she founded Cornerstone Educational Consulting, a beacon of advocacy that seeks to empower students, parents, and educators alike. Through her work, Jannean has become a respected voice in the field, tirelessly working to break down barriers and ensure that every student receives the support they deserve.

On the other hand, Tara's journey led her to address a critical need in mental health services, particularly for the Medicaid population. Recognizing the importance of accessible and affordable mental health care, she founded Heal Your Life Counseling. Tara's innovative approach combines compassion with practical solutions, making a significant impact on the well-being of individuals who may face barriers to traditional mental health services.

Realizing the strength in their combined expertise and shared vision, Tara and Jannean joined forces to establish Redstick C.A.R.E.S. This collaborative endeavor reflects their commitment to holistic care, combining educational advocacy and mental health support to create a comprehensive approach to community well-being.

Our Team.

Whitney Lee - Director of Business Operations: With a passion for organizational excellence and community impact, Whitney Lee serves as the Director of Business Operations. With a passion for her community, Whitey makes it a priority to build partnerships and develop new resources connections for Baton Rouge. Her dedication to fostering positive change in the community is evident in every aspect of her work.


Lauren Roberts - Director of Mental Health Engagement: Lauren brings her expertise in mental health advocacy to the team as the Director of Mental Health Engagement. Committed to breaking down stigmas surrounding mental health, Lauren designs and implements programs that promote well-being within the community. Her compassionate approach and innovative ideas help Redstick C.A.R.E.S. tackle the pursuit of positive change.

Karolynn Declouet - Client Care Coordinator: Karolynn brings a wealth of experience in client care to the team as the Client Care Coordinator. With a focus on personalized support and a genuine concern for the well-being of clients, Karolynn plays a crucial role in ensuring that the community members receive the care and attention they deserve.

Izzy Davila - Cares Team Coordinator: Izzy stands at the forefront of compassionate support as the Cares Team Coordinator for our esteemed Cares Team. With a deep commitment to empowering individuals on their unique journeys, Izzy plays a pivotal role in shaping the path toward independent living and gainful employment for each team member.

Together, this dynamic team combines their skills, passion, and commitment to spearhead positive community change. Their collaborative efforts reflect a shared vision for a better, healthier, and more supportive community.

Our Counselors.