Garden volunteer

Volunteers may participate in gardening throughout the year. Help us plan and implement garden projects.

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We are seeking volunteers to help plant seeds and starters, maintain garden beds, harvest the produce, and prepare the vegetables for serving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to use your gifts and give back to the community. All levels of gardening experience welcome! Gardening tools available to use. Garden any day of the week- during hours of convenience for you.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete our online application by visiting our website at and click on the How to Help tab on the menu bar, click on Volunteer in the drop-down menu and then click Filling out our Online Application. If you would prefer a hard copy of the application or have any questions please contact us at 219-885-2282. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at Sojourner Truth House and making a difference in the lives of those in need!

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18 and older
Is Family Friendly
Is Outdoors
Inclement Weather Plan: Option to reschedule due to inclement weather.
Is Wheelchair Accessible

Gary, IN (December 30, 2021) Today, Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, visited the Sojourner Truth House in Gary to present Angela Curtis, Executive Director of the Sojourner Truth House with a check for $25,000 to fund programs that help homeless and at-risk women and their children in Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Lake Station, Whiting and other parts of Northwest Indiana.

According to Schuffert, “Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is committed to supporting the services that the Sojourner Truth House provides the women and children of our community including the feeding of more than 3,000 families monthly through its operation of the largest food pantry in Lake County.”

Angela Curtis, Executive Director of the Sojourner Truth House is a native of Gary.  She began her career in Social Services at the Sojourner Truth House in 2014 and became an advocate for helping families learn to have a voice for themselves before becoming its Executive Director on July 5, 2021. 

In addition to assisting women to find a permanent place to live, the Sojourner Truth House helps clients become Transitional Outreach Program Participants and maintain support through therapeutic programs such as basic skills, employment training, addiction and other issues.

According to Curtis, “We believe that a holistic approach provides help and hope for the mind, body and spirit for those that we serve.”

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From Left to Right: Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana and Dawn Reynolds Pettit, Regional Vice President of Human Resources for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana presented Angela Curtis, Executive Director of the  Sojourner Truth House in Gary, with an oversized check for $25,000 to help homeless and at-risk women and their children in Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Lake Station, Whiting and other parts of NWI find a permanent place to live.

All images and B-Roll courtesy of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

September 1, 2021

“I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring. Because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.” – Sojourner Truth

Things were certainly stirring at Sojourner Truth House, as a new era of leadership began July 1st with a familiar face. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ chose Angela Curtis to succeed Sister Peg Spindler, CSA, and to “keep things going” as the day center’s new Executive Director.

Angela Curtis came to STH in 2014 as an intern, then joined the staff in 2015 as a case manager who worked closely with clients to help them accomplish their goals. She holds master’s degrees in social work, business administration and human resource management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. She also has nearly 20 years of pre-STH office and administrative management experience.

In her prior positions, Angela especially enjoyed helping people. “At STH, I feel joy when you can see a difference in the ladies, when they keep coming back to work on their issues and on themselves,” she said. “We have a great team that takes our mission to heart, and that makes it very enjoyable to do this work.”

Her move from case manager to executive director was inspired by a longing to be more of a voice in nurturing the growth of STH services and programs. Her vision is to focus more on the problems of generational poverty – multiple generations of mothers, daughters, and granddaughters who continue to seek help at STH, and to be proactive.

“I think STH can do a lot of things; we’re on the right path. But if we don’t offer more services for youth now to offset the things they’re going through in their families (homelessness, witnessing substance abuse by adults, food insecurity), they they’re going to grow up to be at STH, too,” she said. “We need to give them an outlet and a voice to express what they’re going through.”

“STH has really relied on replied on your generosity to faithfully support our women and children,” Angela said. “I want to encourage you to visit us occasionally for Coffee & Conversation so that I can share with you how much your support helps.” Your support allows us to continue to serve and grow our mission. Thank you!”