Wanda Riley started volunteering at Sojourner Truth House’s food pantry in 2016. One day each week, she helps visitors to the pantry who need food, clothing, or personal hygiene products. As a community intake volunteer, she greets all who drive or walk up to the pantry and makes sure that their information is correct.

Over the years, Wanda has helped many people who have touched her heart, like a man who needed food but did not speak Engl...

Pat volunteers for Sojourner Truth House each week with a smile on her face. For over ten years she spends at least once a week helping the food pantry. Outside of volunteering, she is a musician and plays piano for her church. Watch this video to hear some memories she has while volunteering at STH:

The 2023 holiday season at Sojourner Truth House can be described in three words: Cheerful, Inspiring, and Grateful.

In November, on Giving Tuesday, Volunteers came together to Deck the Halls at Sojourner Truth House. Giving Tuesday—always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—is known worldwide as the day to give back, whether monetarily or with time. Volunteers put up Christmas trees, hung lights, and decorated the day center with Christmas che...

RoShawn is a mother of 2 and lives with her husband in NWI. She has volunteered for the Sojourner Truth House Food Pantry for a few months in 2023 and is their newest cook! Roshawn cooks breakfast for 20 clients and lunch for 30-40 clients four days a week. She prides herself on cooking with love and compassion, keeping in mind the clients she helps serve. Outside of STH, RoShawn owns her own catering company, Goodies by Ro. Learn more on her...

Gregory Traylor is a US Army veteran and volunteer at Sojourner Truth House who knows firsthand what it’s like to live on the edge of losing his home. After an injury left him unable to continue working at his place of employment, Gregory began an extremely difficult search for affordable housing. All he wanted was a stable place to call home. While he searched, he found STH as a place to offer his time and talents.

Gregory helps in the fo...

As the final days of summer approach, the Sojourner Truth House garden received its last day of cleaning up before fall arrives. The garden has several vegetables, including squash, tomatoes, cucumber, and zucchini.

On Saturday, September 16, a group of Millhouse Engineering & Construction Inc. volunteers offered their time and talents to harvest vegetables and clean the areas. This is their second time this year volunteering at STH, and ...

As a part of its Art Therapy course, Sojourner Truth House worked with its participants to create a new art mural adorning one of its classroom walls.

STH serves women experiencing homelessness and their children through programs to help them obtain housing, such as career services, intensive case management, counseling, art therapy, and more.

The idea for the art mural came from Art Therapist Instructor Chasity Armstrong. Her goal was ...

Joseph S. Pete, Times of Northwest Indiana

Macy’s will open its latest Region location in Highland Saturday.

The New York City-based retailer, one of the largest and longest-running department store chains, will open a new smaller format store in the Highland Grove Shopping Center.

The store will take over the former Marshalls space in the outdoor shopping mall at Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street on the far south end of Highlan...

Shoes come in all colors, sizes and styles, and chances are you have at least one perfectly good pair in your closet that you never wear, which makes them a perfect fit for Sojourner Truth House.
    
The women’s resource center is in the midst of a Shoe Drive that is accepting donations of all kinds of new and gently used shoes – men’s, women’s and children’s – through Aug. 3...

Grace Opinker | The Times of Northwest Indiana

Last November, a young man wearing a sweatshirt and sandals walked up to the clothing bins outside the Sojourner Truth House in Gary.

The man grabbed a coat that came halfway up his arms. Although he was very grateful to have the ill-fitting coat, volunteer Dennis Kenning knew they could find him something better in the pile of donated winter jackets.

Dennis and his wife, Sharon Kenning,...

With feelings of relief and excitement, families look forward to and prepare for another school year.

On Monday, July 31st, Sojourner Truth House hosted a Back to School event for STH clients and their children. This event consisted of grilled hotdogs, snow cones, popcorn, candy, and a special appearance from Cute as a Cupcake from Merrillville, Indiana. While the treats were delicious, families also received practical help.

Dr. Jod...

The “Motivated to Move Forward” retreat welcomed STH clients at MoonTree Studios, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, in Donaldson, IN. The retreat encouraged self-acceptance, awareness and created avenues toward spiritual renewal. 

Attendees were guided through exercises to focus on their surroundings and create their journey. Many used the campus in Donaldson to collect objects from nature that best represented things that ...

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 Casi...

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 cent...