Sarah's... an Oasis for Women is a home dedicated to the safety and dignity of a diverse community of women who have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination, and trauma. The residents of Sarah's begin new and productive lives through programs that build self-esteem, self-sufficiency, confidence, determination, and community. Sarah's connects its residents to social services, education opportunities, job preparedness training, and necessary medical care. Women come to Sarah's through referrals from outside organizations.
Sarah's was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), St. Paul Province, and
opened its doors in 1996. Sarah's is funded by the CSJs, the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation, and many community collaborators.
"Sarah's is a quiet and peaceful place managed by good people. Sarah's will help me to develop hope, live again, and face life. I will again find a home and a community as I meet the many people at Sarah's."
Sarah's is unique in that it offers long-term housing to women in need, with an average stay of three years. Currently, Sarah's is home to twenty-six women pursuing degrees, working, volunteering, and seeking opportunity. On average, ten women move on and ten residents move in each year.