Walking Along Beside


The Impact of Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women

“Sarah’s showed me a path to be a better person. I was able to wish and to dream bigger. Sarah’s built a confidence in me that I can gain the American dream. When I came to Sarah’s, my life became a different story. It was a miracle.” –Former Resident

Plan to attend the Charity Ball on December 14th! Contact 651-696-8672 for details.

Please Plan to Attend! 

Joan McGinty, CSJ

Joan McGinty, CSJ, compassionate listener, innovative educator, respected leader and administrator, and kind-hearted woman died peacefully on October 25, 2018 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. Born on December 28, 1930 in Minneapolis, Joan entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 8, 1948 and received the name Sister Donald when she became a novice on March 19, 1949. Sister Joan earned a BA in Sociology and Education from the College of St. Catherine in 1959 and later MA and Education Specialist degrees from the College of St. Thomas.

Dear to Joan’s heart were the years she spent as Director of Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women. This diverse community home is dedicated to providing safe haven and dignity to women as they heal from trauma. Joan inspired them to believe they were good women and could begin anew with rich and productive lives. In turn, they regarded her as someone they could trust completely.

Memorials preferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation for Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women or St Catherine University for financial aid for students. Sister Joan, rest in love and peace.


The Impact of  Volunteers at Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women

Sarah’s volunteers are compassionate, supportive contributors of their time and talent, and their generosity of spirit enhances and enriches both staff and residents. Some of Sarah’s volunteers have reached out to Sarah’s on their own, and others come from placements from programs such as St Catherine University Community Work and Learning, Ignatian Volunteer Corps, and the St Joseph Worker program.  Additionally, CSJs’ and Consociates have a wonderful presence at Sarah’s.  Sarah’s also appreciates the long-term commitment from groups like:  Soroptimist International, Neighborhood Connections, Cretin Derham Hall, Holy Spirit Catholic Church and St Mary’s of the Lake Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group.  We are excited to welcome new volunteer groups such as Awaken Community Church. Because of the positive impact for the residents and staff, we are tremendously grateful–Thank YOU for all you contribute!


Sarah’s is fortunate to have several individuals who are long-term volunteers, some of whom are listed on our website here.

Sarah’s Advisory Council members are volunteers who commit to Sarah’s for a two-year term. Check out our website here for our 2018-2019 council members.

At Sarah’s there are opportunities for YOU to become more involved in the life of the house. Volunteers are selected based on mutual expression of Sarah’s needs and the individual volunteer’s expectations, skills and strengths. Sarah’s staff must be able to assure Sarah’s women that their privacy and safety are always being protected. Volunteers are therefore expected to make a minimum 6-month commitment. The first step in the process of becoming a volunteer is to schedule a tour and complete the volunteer application. Please contact Peggy White at 651-696-8642 or via email at housemanager@sarahsoasis.org if you are interested.


Summer 20 18 Notes from Sarah’s…

2018 Madonna Della Strada and Robert Hobbins Community Service Award Winners Announced

On Friday night, May 11th, 2018, The Ignatian Volunteer (IVC) Community gathered to celebrate the work that all of the IVC volunteers do to support all of our service partner organizations including Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women. This special evening recognized the distinguished service of Mary Himrod, a long time IVC volunteer at Sarah’s with our Madonna Della Strada Community Service Award. Sarah’s was recognized as well with the Robert Hobbins Community Service Award. Congratulations all!


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported Sarah’s “Welcome Home” Breakfast Buffet and Benefit.

A special thank you to all those who volunteered their time and talent with set-up, décor and clean-up. Sarah’s also extends our deepest gratitude to Kate Meyer, CSJ Consociate, who created our beautiful table and stage décor, and to Michael Ziomko, a friend of Sarah’s, who created special clay bowls for each guest. Sarah’s accomplished our financial goal by raising approximately $33,000! Again, thank you for your generosity!



SAVE THE DATE: Sarah’s “Welcome Home” Breakfast Buffet and Benefit
Wednesday, June 12 2019 8:00am-9:30am
Anderson Center, Hamline University

Former resident, Sheilla Matanhire shared:
“Truly speaking, Sarah’s was there for me in everything that I needed, a home, food, and resources. Everything was provided for me, and I had privacy in my own bedroom. Everyone at Sarah’s speaks one language—the language of love, peace and unity.