The Women’s Fund has been critical to St. John’s ability to respond to the gender-specific needs of homeless adults in our community. St. John’s serves as a homeless shelter of last resort for adult men and women who do not qualify for other shelter or housing programs. By the time they reach our doors, many have faced multiple failures, setbacks, and traumatic events.
In 2018, we were approached by Wellspring who, unless they could find a parent organization to acquire them, would be forced to close the doors of their women’s daytime resource center. The Women’s Fund grant helped secure the necessary funding to receive approval to bring Wellspring under the umbrella of St. John’s.
Today, we offer a full range of gender-specific programming at our Wellspring site, thanks to this generous grant. Through medical screenings, support groups, women’s empowerment workshops, and more, females have a safe space to address their trauma, begin to heal and understand their inherent value. Through the programs offered at Wellspring, and with the support of so many in this community, these women can move forward to secure housing, establish self-sufficiency, and build loving, meaningful relationships.