Closing this shelter is a Blessing! The veteran Staffers (Karen, the very heavy white female Nurse, Tammy, Mary) were repeatedly stalking/harassing/ hating and gossiping about previous Clients. The general attitude of the "veteran" staffers was "Once homeless....always homeless". They had insane difficulty accepting that certain females had moved on/progressed. Again, the closure of Shalom House is an extreme Blessing!
My wife and I volunteer at Shalom House one night a week, and it has been a life changing experience for us. Shalom House is much more than a shelter for homeless women. Although they do provide shelter for homeless women, they more importantly work with the women to overcome the situations that resulted in their homelessness. They are very sucessful in achieving this, and spending time with the women on a wekly basis provides us the privledge to see the amazing transformation most of the women go through while at Shalom House. It is such a joy to see the women "graduate" and move out to a new life on their own.
my name is pamela i was in shalom house i started in the emergery shelter then was able to go up to the transtitional and now i am out on my own they helped me be the person i am today . even thought i am out of the shelter they still help me when i need it .
I have been volunteering with the Shalom House for almost two years now. I am consistently impressed with the quality of care and love that the staff has for their "clients". It is seen in everyday interactions, programming, the atmosphere at the Shalom House itself, and more! It is obvious that the staff is united in their efforts to care for the ladies in such a way as to show compassion and mercy for today while ever moving forward toward independence and victory over the cycle of homelessness in the ladies' lives. That concerted effort is what sets them apart for me.
I have been volunteering at Shalom House for a little over a year now, and it has been a wonderful experience. The staff are the finest individuals I have had the pleasure of working with, and they are completely committed to helping women in need be successful. I have especially enjoyed the times when I have been able to assist the women in the shelter or those graduates who come back for help with food. I am always humbled at the appreciation these women express for even the smallest of kindnesses. and it makes serving this community an honor and a pleasure.
In being a board memeber at the Shalom House I have experienced a new and exciting role in bringing the agency to a new level. The passion of the staff, volunteers, as well as the clients inspire me to continue to help end the cycle of homelessness in St. Louis. I look forward to a lifetime relationship with this agency and supporters.
As a board member for the last year at Shalom House, I've seen first hand the life-changing services that the programs offer to chronically homeless women in the St. Louis area. Women who struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse problems have very few options, but at Shalom House they have a place to call home until they are back on their feet again. I've worked for other nonprofits in the past, and the Shalom House staff is absolutely exceptional and regularly goes above and beyond to fulfill the needs of the Shalom House clients. Their programs are both practical and innovative, teaching women to be self-reliant and empowered. Speaking with both current residents and graduates of the program really demonstrates the power for a few dedicated people to change the lives of so many women. Thank you, Shalom House, for providing essential services and support for women in need.
As the LCSW for Shalom House for the past 2 years, I have worked directly with the ladies of our great program. Our staff and volunteers go above and beyond everyday to try to make our program better and to empower our women to stability. Several times I have heard from clients that they know they can always get help without judgement from Shalom House. Shalom House is different! I'm proud to be a part of a mission that I believe in.
As a Board Member for the Shalom House, I have experienced the impact that this organization has on the lives of many women that are often part of a group that is forgotten. The energy and drive that the Board, Volunteers, Donors, and Associates have to make this non-profit successful is truly amazing! It has been a blessing in my life to see that all of the collective contributions can really make a difference is so many lives!
As a volunteer of Shalom House, in a classroom setting, I am in a position to hear spontaneous comments directly from the residents. The residents always express that they are grateful and feel fortunate to be there. I never hear complaining, which I know to be unusual, based on my experience with similar organizations. I cannot imagine a better endorsement than this.