I read a small ad in a local catholic newspaper fifteen years ago. A shelter located in New Jersey was looking for a Housemother for one of their four shelters for pregnant teens . That place turned out to be Several Sources Shelters . I was retired at the time an "empty nester" as they say, so I gave Several Sources a call. Finding words to briefly discribe the work and my personal experience at Several Sources over these fifteen years is easy, simply put, it was extraordinary . The program developed by their founder gives one the opportunity to really make a difference in a young persons life , the exact reason I felt so drawn to the work . Our world has been very successful in misleading our youth in so many areas and in so many ways. The brokenness and sadness resulting from the worlds betrayal is evident when these young desperate women arrive at the shelter. At Several Sources they immediately find a warm, loving,safe environment in which to prepare for motherhood. Several Sources is a faith based shelter which means we can meet the spiritual needs as well as the physical needs of these young woman through the bible studies and chastity classes. Also included in the program are parenting classes and academic support i.e. (finishing high school, GED, etc). Over the years I have been asked by other shelters "how do you get them to attend these classes" I tell them it's easy they are mandatory. My journey at Several Sources began as a full time volunteer Housemother then as a Manger overseeing all four shelters. When I came to Several Sources my background was Oncology Nursing for several years then I transitioned to business as a Medical Reviewer at Prudential Insurance Co. I can honestly say being involved as I have been in the work of Several Sources Shelters these past fifteen years this particular work has been the most rewarding and fruitful . I have stayed in touch with many of the young women their children are in or starting high school now and it warms my heart when they reflect on their time at Several Sources. To shelter a homeless frightened pregnant teen or young women is admirable but to take it to the level that Several Sources Shelters does is remarkable.
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