October 29, 2012
My realationship with Our Lady's Inn (OLI) began in 2006 when I was working for a local school district parenting and preschool program. We provided parenting classes and developmental information to the parents who were staying at OLI. We also encouraged the parents to send their children to our school district's preschool program. When I reitred in 2008, I organized a team of ladies from my church to cook at OLI every Thursday. We have been doing this for 31/2 years. Two years ago, I became a member of their Board of Directors. Each time I am there, I am blessed by what is happening for the ladies who are staying there. Not only are they receiving a shelter for themselves and their children, but they are receiving an education in how to make ends meet in this world. The expectation for having a job or being in school is really helping these ladies receive the necessary skills to gain employment that will enable them support their families. They are required to save a percentage of their pay to plan for their future as they will need down payments and deposits once they are ready to be more independent. The ladies are expected to assume duties at Our Lady's Inn, which makes it more like a family. They support one another well, and I am sure, there are many close friendships that have been formed. It is such a positive and respectful environment, which is exactly what many of these young parents need as they learn parenting skills, etc. As a member of the Board, I have seen the passion that the OLI workers have for what they do. They are all doing good work. Many of us who are pro-life are not really doing much to make it a possible choice for these young ladies, but OLI is doing it and overseeing all that is needed to make pro-life a decision that these ladies can make and know that their lives will be better for it!
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