As a volunteer, I have seen the love that our women receive as they bring a new life into the world.....It is truly a life saving organization to many homeless, pregnant women.....
As a volunteer I have seen so many successes at OLI. I am in awe of this mission to get pregnant mother to have healthy children and later become thriving productive citizens. One women in particular came to the St Charles location after a job loss with children in tow and 6 months pregnant. I saw how the staff welcomed her first hand. It was as if the woman was a cousin of sister to them. They had already prepared and decorates the private rooms for the mother with enough beds for her children. On another occasion, I saw the children happily playing in the playroom with a babysitter while the mother attended life skills classes.
A group of ladies in my church provide lunches and dinners every Thursday at Our Lady's Inn in Defiance, MO for the past 4 1/2 years and we have observed the caring, loving, and instructive counseling that these pregnant ladies receive during their stay for up to a year. Also their other children are welcomed and cared for as well. Personally I was very impressed with one young lady in her journey. One of my high school friends was praising Our Lady's Inn and how they turned her granddaughter around and helped her so much and it turned out to be the young lady that I was especially drawn to and that really impacted my desire to continue to do my part to help the leaders of Our Lady's Inn.
These statistics say why I think Our Lady's Inn is the greatest non-profit:
2011 Our Lady’s Inn Program Accomplishments
125 women served (10485 days of care)
99 children served (9534 days of care)
39 babies born in residence (2730 days of care)
It is now in it's 30th year of operation.
Plus, it is a Charity Navigator award winner, so donors know that it's administrative costs are low. Therefore, your money is going to help women and children, not to expensive fundraising or salaries.
One of the most worthwhile charities in existence, this emergency shelter helps homeless women who are pregnant.
Not only does Our Lady's Inn provide food & shelter for them and their children, but they also provide assistance with learning life's necessary basic skills such as employment and money management.
I have been a volunteer donor to Our Lady's Inn since it began in 1981. I am amazed at the great work they do to help women and children.
I have been volunteering at OLI in Defiance since last spring. I am so impressed with the staff. They are so attentive and caring to the ladies and their children. I absolutely love helping out, whether it's making jewelry or cards with the ladies, helping with fund raisers, fixing lunch or cleaning up in the kitchen, or doing office work. The lady in charge of volunteers at OLI in Defiance is such a delight. She always has a smile and a kind word. Everyone just loves her...including me. Thanks OLI for giving me the opportunity to help at this great place.
I am amazed by the work this organization does for women in need. I was introduced to the Inn by a friend who had been doing volunteer work with them. One tour of the home in Defiance and I was hooked. I have met many of the women who are living at the Inn and I am amazed at their strength and courage. I have been speaking on behalf of the group at their Lunch and Learn presentations and last month a resident named Amber spoke to the group and literally brought almost all 80 attendees to tears! To hear her talk about how Our Lady's Inn literally gave her the strength to get out of an abusive relationship and stand on her own was incredible. I continue to be moved at the selfless acts of the staff and volunteers to help these women in need, as well as their children. It is an amazing organization and I can only hope that they continue to grow and prosper.
I'm an office volunteer at Our Lady's Inn in St. Charles. In the four months that I have been volunteering, I am completely amazed at the love, support, spiritual sharing and practical help that the staff brings to the residents. They offer selfless service with love and a sense of humor. The residents respond to them in a respectful and cooperative mode. The life skills training that is experienced by living at OLI will definitely be an asset as the residents transition to homes of their own.
From my first time as a volunteer at Our Lady's Inn I have been impressed with the warm, caring environment provided by the staff and other volunteers. As I observe and learn more about the procedures and operations of the facility, I am in awe of the dedication of the staff to equip each client with the knowledge and skills to be successful when the time comes for her to leave Our Lady's Inn.