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Feinstein Challenge is a Huge Success! - Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Feinstein Challenge has officially come to a close. Shalom House collected 31,707 pounds of food and raised over $90,000! As we tally up food and monetary totals, we would like to thank each of our supporters for their continued dedication to Shalom House's mission during this time.

 
Shalom House Nominated for What's Right with the Region Award! - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Join Shalom House on May 7th as we are awarded "What's Right with the Region" award by FOCUS St. Louis!

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Tammy Laws featured on The Tim Burt Show - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Executive Director Tammy Laws discussed our programs, needs and the amazing things happening at the agency! 

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Shalom House is helping homeless women - Monday, December 23, 2013

 Board Member, Janet Heitzig, wrote this letter to the editor about Shalom House.

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Executive Director Tammy Laws Featured on 1380 AM The Woman - Thursday, December 19, 2013

Executive Director Tammy Laws joined Teacha Tigue on 1380 AM The Woman to discuss the amazing things happening at Shalom House. 

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WILLA'S JOURNEY HOME:
INTRODUCING A GROUNDBREAKING SHALOM HOUSE PROJECT

We are excited to announce the publishing of Willa's Journey Home, an illustrated children's book that tells a story of hope on the difficult path traveled by homeless women who find their way to Shalom House.  The story was written to introduce children to the issue of homelessness while teaching compassion, empathy, and respect.


Willa is a little bird who never learned to fly and so never had a safe nest of her own.  Losing her way, she wanders alone in a big and sometimes scary forest.  With only her hope of finding a real home, her journey leads her to a special tree where other birds help her take flight and find her very own home.


In sharing our story of hope, you can be a part of changing lives by helping us educate and raise awareness about the issues of homelessness.  Willa's Journey Home will also generate revenues for Shalom House, supporting holistic programming for the women we serve.

 

We need your help to make Willa fly!  

Click here to learn more about the Willa project and how you can join her on the journey!

You can also visit Willa's webpage and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 


JOIN SHALOM HOUSE FOR OUR SIGNATURE EVENT ON 10.18.14!

 
 
 

Presented by World Wide Technology, this year's Signature Event will be an unforgettable evening of dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions, dancing, and special messages from Shalom House clients and staff -- all emceed by the fabulous jazz vocalist, Denise Thimes!  


All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Shalom House clients and programs, providing much needed resources to continue stabilizing and rebuilding lives.   

 

Registration is now open, and we would love for you to join us for "A Chance to Shine" Gala and Auction!  You can also find more details about the event, as well as our amazing sponsors, on our Signature Event page and by joining the Facebook Event


   


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:  BETTY NISHIMURA

Each week, Shalom House receives food donations through its partnerships with Operation Food Search, Schnuck's, Aldi's and local churches, many of them United Methodist churches. This means that each week there is a bit of chaos in the pantry until everything can be organized. Luckily for Shalom House staff, we have a volunteer, Betty Nishimura, who comes in every Tuesday to help sort out the newly arrived donations.

 

Betty is a retired physical therapist and has been volunteering at Shalom House for 11 years. Originally she sat on the Ladies Auxiliary, but stepped down to help take care of her grandchildren. She has been volunteering in the pantry for three years and attends Living Word. She is truly dedicated to Shalom House. "Whenever Betty comes to help out with the pantry, we know everything is going to be great, and it is really helpful for the staff," says Danette Thompson, Executive Assistant. "Each week she takes a huge load off of our shoulders!"

 

 


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS WITH BJC HEALTHCARE AND GRACE HILL

 

One of the many aspects of Regana's position is to accompany Shalom House clients to both psychiatric and physical medical appointments. For many of the women at Shalom House, visiting a doctor can be stressful as they may not have had positive experiences with accessing medical care in the past. Another factor to consider is that within the homeless, transient population such as we see at Shalom House, physical maladies are not highly prioritized; survival is the top priority. Often this leads to minor medical issues growing into major medical issues. For both reasons many of the women cared for by Shalom House utilize emergency rooms as their main form of medical care. Our goal at Shalom House is to educate our clients on the importance of working towards preventative care. 

At Shalom House, women who don't go into Transitional Housing or Permanent Supportive Housing often stay for an average of two months in the Emergency Shelter before moving on, most often to another social service organization. Without the assistance of trained clinicians and case managers, the average wait at a community clinic such as Grace Hill is two months. As a result, the women may leave before ever addressing their physical ailments.

Shalom House continues to partner with Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers to quickly and more effectively bring general medical care to our clients
. Each week, Regana, in collaboration with the rest of the clinical treatment team staff, assesses the medical needs of each woman at Shalom House and determines which individuals are most in need of medical care. On Fridays two nurses connected to Grace Hill's homeless program visit Shalom House and provide each woman with a brief health assessment. Instead of waiting two months for an appointment, the women now only have to wait two weeks! The women are provided referrals to OBGYNs, physical therapists and other specialized medical care to which they otherwise might not have had access. Not only does this partnership with Grace Hill more efficiently and effectively provide health care to our clients, but it also saves everyone money, as emergency room care is extremely expensive.

Partnerships with organizations such as Grace Hill allow Shalom House to truly take our client care and service to the next level. Without Regana, however, such partnerships would be made more difficult--even impossible. And without grants such as the one provided by BJC Foundation, Shalom House may not be able to provide such outstanding services to our residents.

 


BATTLING HUNGER:  ONE RESIDENT'S STORY

Donna’s story is an unfortunate example of the hurdles many individuals in our society face when attempting to secure food--a basic and fundamental right. Like many other of our residents, Donna suffers from mental illness and an addiction, which unfortunately led to an arrest and felony conviction. Before her conviction, Donna had been receiving food stamps for her and her son. Afterwards, however, Donna could no longer receive any type of public assistance for food or housing due to a law that ex-offenders with a felony record can never receive food stamps. To make matters even more difficult, most places of employment refuse to hire individuals with a felony record; nor are these individuals allowed to enter public housing. Food pantries, which seem a fruitful resource, can be difficult to utilize if you do not have an address, do not live in the county of the food pantry, or do not attend that particular church.

Donna is not the only resident in Shalom House that is an ex-offender with a felony record. Despite paying her debt to society, Donna is still being punished by being denied access to the basic fundamental human rights of food, shelter, and meaningful employment. Even before her arrest, Donna had a difficult time on food stamps as any raise in income can drastically reduce the amount of food stamps one receives—even if your income is still not enough to cover both food and shelter. When she combined the income of herself and her son as they were sharing a household, the amount of food stamps she received decreased to a mere $15 dollars a month!

Shalom House has now become Donna’s only recourse. Until she was finally able to obtain employment with the help of Shalom House, her only source of sustenance was the food provided by Shalom House. But without the support of donors and volunteers that help provide the food, Shalom house would be unable to obtain enough food to feed all of our residents. And without Shalom House, residents such as Donna would continue to be unable to obtain food—a right many of us take for granted.

 


A PLACE TO FIND HOPE

At the 2013 Signature Event, we were happy to introduce a new Shalom House video, "A Place to Find Hope."

 

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