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.

Resident of Sarah’s

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 is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), St. Paul Province, and was built in 1965 originally as Derham Convent. 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. Still funded in part by the CSJs and their Ministries Foundation, it is located in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota and the values that the staff and residents live out at Sarah’s are what make it 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. 

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

Sarah’s Values 

  • Beauty
  • The Common Good
  • Community
  • CSJ Mission (Love of 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