Our Staff


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Get to know the people who help make Sarah’s a home.


Cheryl Behrent
Director

Bio

Cheryl has over twenty years’ experience in housing for women, families, and people with disabilities. She earned her Master of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University, and she continues to broaden her educational experience through training and workshops concerning trauma awareness, homelessness, immigration, asylum, and global social justice. Cheryl has worked for the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities and Dakota County Community Development Agency.  In August of 2013, Cheryl was a recipient the Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. Her goal is always to make a difference in the lives of women. It is her greatest joy to empower and accompany women lacking resources and support on their life journeys.

Contact

director@sarahsoasis.org

Martha West, CFRE
Community Relations Associate

Bio

Strengths:

MAXIMIZER
POSITIVITY
STRATEGIC
RELATOR
EMPATHY

Born and raised in North Carolina, I came to Minnesota sixteen years ago. Though I still have not made the shift from “ya’ll” to “you guys,” I love the winters and hearty spirit of the mid-west.  My chosen career field is fundraising, development and community engagement. A licensed minister, my educational scope includes a Master of Arts in Theology and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University with a concentration in Decision Science and a minor in Theater Arts. My continuing education includes training in trauma-awareness and resilience-oriented strategies, and completing the Fundraising Certificate Series, part of the Executive Education at the University of St Thomas.  I am inspired when others share stories of achieving personal goals against great odds, and I appreciate sharing my own everyday wisdom with a compassionate awareness and a reflective understanding. I am well-known for my quirky expressions, my ability to find humor in almost any situation, and I make the best “southern” BBQ in Minnesota.

Contact

communityrelations@sarahsoasis.org

Faith Clark
House Manager

Bio

Faith has always been interested in making a positive impact in the world. After studying Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Faith joined the St Joseph Worker Program and worked in the Justice Office, serving as an interpreter for St Mary’s Health Clinics. Faith stayed on for a second year as a St. Joseph Worker where she served as a case manager for adults experiencing long term homelessness at St Stephen’s Human Services. Faith enjoyed working in direct service so much that she went back to school and earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. She has worked at several non-profits serving a variety of populations and was thrilled to learn of the opening at Sarah’s because she knew that the CSJ Ministries are truly mission driven and exceptional at serving the dear neighbor. Faith first learned about Sarah’s in her SJW year when one of her roommates was serving here. Her first visit to Sarah’s revealed to her the special uniqueness of the program. Hospitality is a powerful way to build community and Faith looks forward to fulfilling her role as House Manager through that lens.  Her goal is to ensure consistency so the residents can focus on their own goals and feel at ease in their home. In her spare time Faith spends time with her new husband and two kittens they just adopted.

Contact

housemanager@sarahsoasis.org

 

Lindsay Schaefer
St. Joseph Worker (SJW)

Bio

Lindsay is from Lacrosse, Wisconsin, and recently graduated from St. Olaf College.  She earned degrees in Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies. She likes to cook, dance, listen to music, and be outside. As a person who is passionate about immigration and women’s rights, Lindsay was inspired by the mission of Sarah’s and wanted to be part of such a great organization.  Her goals while at Sarah’s include helping residents with job searching, editing resumes, and finding classes. She is also excited to plan fun events for the residents each month! A huge goal during her time here is that the women of Sarah’s feel they are independent and able to create and follow a path to achieve their idea of success and happiness.

Lindsay is very passionate about immigrant and refugee rights as well as racial justice and equality.  She has done sociological research in the past on social movements and race/civil right movements and has an extensive background studying Islam and religion in general.  She hopes to get some hands-on experience following her educational experience and hopes to help and be a support for the wonderful women at Sarah’s.

Contact

sjw@sarahsoasis.org