- Novice House of Baton Rouge was founded by Judge J. Garland Smith and Antoinette Clark in March of 2010. Dr. J Garland Smith, a former Juvenile Judge, also founded non-profit called the Monroe City Court Mentoring Program in 1996. The non-profit organization offered pre-adjudicated services as an alternative to incarceration for youth that committed criminal offenses. Antoinette Clark is the owner and CEO of Shoulders of Strength, INC, an Mental Health Rehab with locations in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Monroe.
- In 2015, Dr. Chelette Holden became an owner of Novice House. Dr. Chelette Holden, LPC, LMFT is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and owner of Family Services Unlimited. Dr. Holden and Family Services Unlimited were featured on "Southern Therapy" in 2015 a show highlighting the women behind Mental Health Counseling. "They embody female empowerment and community outreach" , Dallas based producer Diana Oliver said.
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