June is a month for parties – from weddings to graduations and outdoor gatherings with family and friends to celebrate love and acknowledge academic achievements. Recently, Bloom hosted a very special party for several courageous women survivors who graduated our two-year residential program. Each of them persevered through unique challenges and are rebuilding their futures filled with beauty, hope and meaning.
Just as exciting as love and achievement – we are also celebrating the opening of our newest (and 4th) home for women survivors – LILY HOUSE!
Lily House was purchased on June 1st as a result of a very generous donation. This three bedroom home will be a place of hope and healing for survivors who have completed our 90-day stabilization program at Heather House (formerly Truth Home). Several volunteers have already started making the space beautiful with fresh paint on the walls, window blinds installed and nearly all of the furnishings in place. But….we still need more help to make it a home.
Thank you to those of you who saw our social media post that included our Amazon Wish List for Lily House – the coffee pot is on the counter, dishes in the cabinets, towels are in the bathroom and sheets are on the beds! THANK YOU FOR BEING SO GENEROUS!
For those of you who still want to help – here is what we need:
- A kitchen island or cart that can double as storage and additional counterspace
- 2 laundry baskets
- 3 pillows
- Washing machine
- 2 nightstands
- 2 bedroom chairs (not oversized)
- Front porch chairs & table (space is 10x6)
- 3-5 backyard chairs
- 2 large garbage cans
- Dehumidifier for the basement
- 4 small window unit air conditioners
Our dream is to convert the 3rd floor into useable space. It needs some minor wall repair as well as a fresh coat of paint on the walls and wood flooring. A bigger project is to add electric and a heating and air conditioning source. If you have a group who would like to adopt this as a fundraiser and/or service project, we would like to hear from you!
Last week we welcomed our newest Bloom “sister” into her new home. As we shared our own starting over stories to welcome her, she shared hers and when we asked her how we could help her she said, “help me learn how to love me”.
YOUR gifts of time, talent and treasure demonstrate this love to our newest Bloom sister! She will learn how to love herself as we continue to love and support her healing journey.
Thank you again for your prayers, financial support, donations of clothing for My Sister’s Closet and countless volunteer hours that help women survivors of sex trafficking find safety, healing and hope. YOU make all this possible!
Fighting for freedom with you,
Carol Andersen, CEO