Over 600 women have lived at Sarah’s since 1996. These women have come from more than 60 nations and have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination and other difficult circumstances. Transition is different for every women who comes to Sarah’s, but every woman has the goal to restart her life and heal.
Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women was founded by and is still funded in part by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province (CSJ) and the CSJ Ministries Foundation. Sarah’s is a part of the CSJ Ministry Collaborative, which is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
Chris Juelich, Maintenance ♦ Maintenance@SarahsOasis.org
Julie McCarthy, House Mentor ♦ HouseMentor@SarahsOasis.org
Akudo Omeoga, St. Joseph Worker/Intern ♦ SJW@SarahsOasis.org
Hilary Otey Wold, Associate Director ♦ HilaryOteyWold@SarahsOasis.org
Cheryl Steeves, Director ♦ CherylSteeves@SarahsOasis.org
Anglea Ziemer, Overnight Advocate ♦ Advocate@sarahsoasis.org
Resident Staff and Volunteers
At Sarah’s, we do things a little differently. Sarah’s values are our core guiding principles in decision making, relationship building and daily life within the house. The values that the staff and residents live daily at Sarah’s are what makes this building a home. Each woman is responsible for a house job and is accountable to the others for completing it. Through regular conferences with Cheryl, Sarah’s Director, residents learn about opportunities in the community and explore possibilities for their lives they may have never dreamed of before. Ultimately, the life of each woman at Sarah’s is changed.
These values along with a focus on developing right relationships, honoring diversity, and respecting each other lead to our shared goals of healing and hope for each woman.
We believe that the value of right relationships includes not only our relationships with each other but also our relationship with vendors, community partners and the Earth. We purchase Earth-friendly products, use post-consumer recycled paper products and support local, woman-owned and small business whenever possible. We use only energy efficient lighting and were named an Xcel Energy Efficiency Partner.
2012/2013 Sarah’s Advisory Council
(listed from left to right below)
Wachen Anderson-The University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
Baya Clare, CSJ- Learning in Style
Michele Garnett McKenzie- Advocates for Human Rights
Mary Hunt (Chair)- CSJ Consociate
Meg Wilkes Karraker- University of St. Thomas
Sarah Beman- St. Catherine University
Akudo Omeoga, St. Joseph Worker- St. Joseph Worker Program
Cheryl Steeves, Director
Cheryl Maloney (out-going Chair) – CSJ Consociate
Kristine Brelje-CSJ Consociate and Thomson Reuters
Hilary Otey, Associate Director
Mary Beth Boyle- CSJ Consociate
Evelyn Lennon- The Center for Victims of Torture