With the help of residents, community members, volunteers, donors, staff and others, Sarah’s has recently completed a new strategic plan to cover July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016. In addition to the new plan, we have tweaked the wording of our mission statement and clarified our vision statement (both updated versions are listed on our home page). Click here to see the strategic plan summary.
St. Kate’s Students Bring Beauty to Sarah’s
The Reflective Woman class at St. Catherine University partnered with Sarah’s staff to bring beauty to the women who call Sarah’s home. A mural was painted the the laundry room and includes a variety of symbolic elements. The process is explained in a St. Kate’s News article by Melissa Kaelin. Click here to read more and see photos of the process.
Sarah’s Honored at MLK Breakfast
Community Breakfast: Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Saint Paul
Cheryl Steeves, Consociate Candidate, Director, Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women (pictured above) introduced Sarah’s to those present at Mt. Olivet. In celebration more than $600 was collected to be donated to Sarah’s.
Sibley Bike Library Partnership
Recently, Sarah’s partnered with Sibley Bike Library to ensure residents had access to their own transportation. Our partnership was recently highlighted in the Pioneer Press…
“Hilary Otey, Associate Director with St. Paul-based Sarah’s Oasis for Women,
a residential space for women fleeing abuse or facing other challenges, has seen
the women she works with undergo a bit of a transformation. ‘Of the 12 women who are participating in the bike library program, 10 had never ridden a bike before, and these are adult women,’ Otey said. ‘It’s just an amazing experience for them to learn about another form of independence and saving money and gain confidence doing something they never thought they could do before. Our youngest (participant) is 21 and oldest is 61, so we have a huge range.’
Sarah’s Turns 15!
Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women recently celebrated our 15 year anniversary of providing housing, community and safety for women in transition. It was wonderful to welcome back former residents and see many friends of Sarah’s from the last 15 years.