“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.” ~a current resident

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women is a home dedicated to safety and dignity for a diverse community of women where they can begin new and productive lives.

Sarah’s Vision: Women healing from trauma continue vibrant, meaningful lives and contribute to the common good.

Sarah’s was built in 1965 and was originally Derham Convent, the home of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St Paul Province. In 1996, Derham Convent became Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women; a home for women from all over the world who are homeless and without resources. Sarah’s is always at capacity with 32 residents as the need for temporary and transitional housing is great.

Sarah’s Mantras

  • You are a good woman.
  • You can do it!
  • You come to Sarah’s in order to leave.
  • Sarah’s will always be your home.
  • One lesson at a time. One woman at a time. One day at a time.
  • May peacemaking prevail on Earth today

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Sarah’s is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, (CSJ), St. Paul Province, and we are still funded in part by the CSJ’s and their Ministries Foundation. We are located in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. The values that the staff and residents live out at Sarah’s are what makes Sarah’s a home. Through regular conferences with Sarah’s Director, residents learn about opportunities in the community and explore possibilities for their lives they may have never dreamed of before. Ultimately, the life of each woman at Sarah’s is improved.

Sarah’s Values 

  • Beauty
  • The Common Good
  • Community
  • CSJ Mission (Love God and Neighbor, without distinction)
  • Diversity
  • Healing and Hope
  • Opportunity and Possibility
  • Respect
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Right Relationship
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Sharing Lives and Changing Lives
  • Simplicity

Sarah’s welcomes women who have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination and trauma. Sarah’s women can accomplish their goals and revive their spirits in order to prepare for life beyond Sarah’s. Our hope is that women who have lived here will perpetuate peace as contributing members in their new communities with newly developed skills, revitalized confidence, determination, and courage.