These reflections are shining examples of the potential each client has to overcome her obstacles. Their memories strengthen and encourage us to put aside our own struggles and help those whose struggles are overwhelming.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Denise Porter's Story
When I came to STH, I was homeless and on drugs. All I knew was that I was tired of my life. I didn’t know how to change. STH saw I had two problems and they had me go to outside groups as well as their own recovery groups and other groups to build up other areas in my life. I stopped using drugs but I needed to stay stopped. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months. What I found out is that there is more in life to do. They sent us women to other outside functions like college at IUN for two weeks, Medieval Times and parties. They offered classes on self esteem and other subjects. These helped me so much. I’m a new person. The woman that walked into STH doesn’t exist anymore. I’m a new person with a new attitude. I have ten months (as of October, 2012) clean from drugs and I am enjoying my life in my new apartment. Thank God for Sojourner Truth House saving my life…
My Road to Transform
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
We recently recieved this email from one of our former clients.
March 15, 2010, I walked through the doors of Sojourner Truth House. Being homeless and a client of Missionairities Of Charities, I began my road to Transform. My job ended without any chance of relocation or placement for work again. Temporary jobs were few, so I ended up using savings to keep my personal belongings in storage, eat and try to relocate. Thanks to Sojourner Truth House and M.O.C. for making all things possible. For the unselfish time and energy that each staff member gave, giving information, support and endless smiles that got me through each day. I literally went back to school to get my life in order. That took a lot of homework, a positive attitude and determination. Free use of phones, computers, which are tools that I used each day to make contact with landlords, seeking employment. I walked to appointments that were close by. Stayed encouraged, thanks to S.J.T. classes, which kept me strong in my faith. Thanks to Miss V, who made it possible for my H.P.R.P. application to happen. Because her time and effort, I was accepted. Thanks Miss Alice and Miss Robin for believing in me. Being my backup, help with resumes, giving me a chance to participate with the carwash, a cool trip to Chi-town, what I call the Eighth wonder, my trip to the retreat in Indiana! Also, getting me to the job interview with Lear and providing future transportation. Thanks Miss Val for all the positive energy you give a person, free of charge! To Sister Renita, thank you for keeping it real. I listened when you suggested that I take small steps and be patient. Man did it pay off! My list of twenty-five things to do is almost complete. Gotta deal with fear of flying, learning to play chess, and before summer is over, I am taking a hot-air balloon ride! Sister Peg, Sister Catherine, thanks for being the angels that you truly are! Because of your true kindness and care no one can really feel like they are alone. Miss Beasley, clothing and food pantry personnel thank you all for everything. Also, furniture staff, Saul for your concern and effort setting up delivery. PROPS to the cooks in the kitchen, who throwdown twice a day. Great Food. I really appreciate it! Miss Rubie, the warrior at the desk. Who holds down the fort. Thank-U for being so inspiriational. Your kindness does not go unrewarded! I FOUND MY SPICE. To all other staff. and the ladies whom I went through my journey with, stay strong. Sojourner Truth House is there to help. Take advantage of it. I am employed full-time, living in Cleveland, Happy. Thanks Sojourner Truth House!
Calling for Help
Monday, June 13, 2011
This is the story of a 7 year old daughter of one of our homeless clients.
To be homeless is not good. I really wish that my family had our own home. I feel really sad because I don't have enough clothes, only one pair of shoes. I don't have toys to play with. These things make me very sad. I remember when we had a home. Me, my mommy and Papi and my three brothers. We had lots of things. I had a pretty pink bedroom, lots of toys and doll babies. They came and took my Papi away. That's when we came to Indiana. Since we been here, there's always problems.
One Woman's Story
Sunday, February 20, 2011
When Sarah (not her real name) came into Sojourner Truth House with her young son, she had escaped from an "ex-boyfriend" and his regular beatings that rendered her exhausted, frightened and malnourished. Notably, Sarah has no teeth because her "ex-boyfriend" knocked them out.
I Am So Grateful (from Loida)
Monday, November 29, 2010
My name is Loida, and I am so happy to be a client here at Sojourner Truth House. I was at Missionaries of Charity shelter because I had become homeless and that’s how I got with Sojourner Truth House. They helped me to sign up with H.P.R.P. (Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program). I got approved for it, had to look for an apartment and have it inspected. The apartment passed inspection and staff at Sojourner Truth did a furniture list with me. I didn’t know why they asked what I needed until they told me that STH gives household items to shelter clients. I was so grateful for all the furniture they gave me!
Thank You So Much (from Yajaria)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I was in Sojourner Truth House in 1999 with my 3 yr. old son, Steven. Now my son is 14. STH helped me & my son with everything. Now I have my apartment. Without Sojourner Truth House, I wouldn't be where I am at now. Thank you so much.
Endurance (by Tupito "Jennifer")
Thursday, December 31, 2009
A poem by one of our clients, Tupito "Jennifer".
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