Augusta B. is about to become a Chaplain... because of generous people like you
Pioneer Monthly Giving Circle members offer stability to hard-working women
Your steady support can create lasting stability for hard-working women. Your gifts help homeless women learn, listen to the Spirit, and work toward God’s purpose for their lives.
“I was in awe… totally shocked to be homeless,” says Augusta B., age 50. “I was a caregiver for my mother with Alzheimer’s for 20 years. When she died, I had conflict with my family, and I found myself out of a home.”
Many brave women like Augusta become homeless unexpectedly. Death in the family, relationship violence, or job loss is often the final blow. Our clients have endured a lifetime of post-traumatic stress, physical or emotional disabilities, and substance abuse.
For women at Sojourner Truth House, life has rarely been steady or normal. But, you can change that. You can give the gift of stability. You can make a monthly gift to Sojourner Truth House.
Would you consider becoming a member of the Pioneer Monthly Giving Circle? The amount that you give each month is up to you. Your commitment to our clients is what matters.
When Augusta became homeless in 2014, she travelled from couch to couch in friends’ apartments until one day she prayed, “OK, Lord, I can’t do this. I refuse to step into another person’s house until you bless me with some opportunity.” So, she began sleeping in her car.
One frigid night in the winter of 2016, she parked her car near a police station where she thought she’d be safe. A police officer spoke with Augusta, learned about her situation, and gave her the phone number for the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic convent and homeless shelter in Gary. “God led me there,” says Augusta.
Soon, Augusta started participating in day services at Sojourner Truth House—relearning life skills, listening to the Spirit, and working toward God’s purpose for her life.
“As I was caring for my mother,” says Augusta, “I had an encounter with the Lord that was inspiring me to enroll in a Bible seminary. My mother was a Certified Nursing Assistant who cared for people. As I was caring for her, she noticed that I didn’t know how to do it. She began to teach me how to care for her. It was an angelic experience. She helped me be a blessing to her, and it began to change my mind about my relationship with the Lord.”
“My first goal was to find my own place to reside,” says Augusta. “And I wanted to complete my studies at Bible seminary. I participated in all kinds of classes at Sojourner—family dynamics, financial classes about building credit and budgeting, job skills and interviewing, and spiritual reflection. There was a lot of healing for me and the other ladies.”
After a few months of working through the programs at Sojourner Truth House, Augusta found an apartment. Her case worker helped negotiate repairs with the landlord and assisted Augusta with the security deposit.
Then she followed the Lord’s call into a volunteer chaplaincy training program at a regional hospital. Now, two years after losing her mother and spiraling into homelessness, Augusta just learned that the hospital will help her complete her clinical experience so that she can be fully employed as a chaplain.
“I will be self-sufficient,” she says with hope in her voice.
“Not many agencies assist people in dire need,” says Augusta. “Sojourner is on the top of the list. When you are truly ready to be helped, they will take you by the hand and help you to the next level of self-sufficiency. They want you to be the best that you can be. But you have to be ready. Sojourner can assist with compassion, love, respect, and patience.”
Compassionate people like you understand that the hard-working clients at Sojourner Truth House need stability and support on their journey. The best way to provide that security is through your regular monthly gift.
Please join the Pioneer Monthly Giving Circle today. This year, you can help Sojourner Truth House celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Our goal is to show our clients that you want stability, normalcy, and healing for them. Help us reach our goal of 200 Pioneer Monthly Giving Circle members by our Anniversary Celebration in September 2017.
It doesn’t matter how much you contribute. It just matters that you belong to a community that values stability as a part of the healing journey.
Thank you for caring. Thank you for being loyal.