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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 rs tell the story of the House of Bread and Peace ie following letters are printed, only minor editing, as they were the Message. For more in- call (812) 425-6754. the Message: accept this letter on behalf . of Bread and Peace. the past 12 years, the House (as call it) has ministered to the homeless and hungry cit- sville and the surround- : area. ith help from grants and pri- 0ntributions, we shelter the run a food pantry, and de financial assistance to who are in danger of being or of having their utilities 'Welcomed like a family member' Hello, My name is Caroline and when I was six months pregnant I was put on total bed rest and lost my job. I not only lost my job, I also lost my apartment since I didn't have any in- come. I found myself homeless and sleep- ing in my car and scared half to death because I didn't know what was going to happen to me or the new life I had growing inside of me. I called all the shelters in Evansville and no one had room for me. One shelter referred me to the Crisis Line and it was through the Crisis Line that I found the House of Bread and Peace. I arrived at the shelter and I was welcomed like I was a family member. During my five-month stay at the shelter I always had a lot of love and support and there was always a shoulder to lean on. Also while I was at the shelter I had time to reflect on myself and to find ways to better my- self and get back on my feet through community resources that I never knew were available to me. Caroline we are the last hope for they reside at the shelter Since 1985 we have given out 75,000 for homeless prevention. 1,500 people, of which over ,re children, found a lifeline these walls. the past two months, 200 received food assistance on-site food pantry. B began as a weekly soup efore long Benedictine Sister Trainer, the director, ] Worry about people er Joanna, a WOman of 'aith and the help :or Sharon er Commu- started se of Bread The Vas not to be Cal shelter, Patterned Day's Was, and to be, to re- and to ques- You have to light a to go. aware of at, yellow, two-bath. *se that Av- ow would that 516 a home- that raany as and chil- is "home" We pride ourselves on for the homeless, not and a meal. Counseling, job educational opportunities d to residents. We work on personal goals as r, The house is a COVer and start over on a path. enter the house are bro- Many leave whole ed with this letter SUccess stories -- three VCere touched and saved. ld state monies continue at the need increases thank you for your n the past and we ask continue to help us of desperate need of Aurora Bell Board Member of ]Iread and Peace Staff Aline Lugo and her three-month- old son Adael are residents at the House of Bread and Peace. They are from Haiti. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes This yellow 10-room house on Adams Avenue in downtown Evansville serves as a homeless shelter for women and children. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Benedictine Sister Joanna Trainer, right, visits with residents Gurdie Smith and Shonna-Le Taylor. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes 'Love, concern, patience without boundaries' ..... Never did I imagine that I'd end up as a homeless person. The most diffi- cult part, is being out on the street without any type of support from your families and your friends. This situation had me experiencing road blocks that I would have never thought possible, its power of control- ling and destroying every, drop of pride that I'd had. I was seriously ill, hungry, confused, tired and cold. I was labeled as a bum and told "go get a job." In order for me to be able to describe every harsh moment, it would take more time. For those who have never been confronted with life's misfortunes of homelessness, this letter may be more apt to convince society. I had been informed of the House of Bread and Peace some time ago. I was welcomed in and I've been here for soy- '1 truly met an angel when I met Sister Joanna' pie, unconditionally. This House has blessed me along with helping me get closer to God. I'll never forget my stay at the House of Bread and Peace nor thi smile on the face when I walked in and she welcomed me in. Today, I have a home I couldn't have had that soon, without her help. I would still be homeless and frtmtrated but she gave me a chance. I am truly grateful for her love and support and trust in a recovering crack addict. The House of Bread and Peace is a place that is full of love and peace. I truly met an angel when I met Sister Joanna -- someone who loves everyone unconditionally. Angle I am a 33-year-old woman who stayed at the House of Bread and Peace from December of 1995 until Feb. 22, 1996. I was able to save $1600 in two-and-one-half months. This House gave me another chance. It is a place where I could work and save my paycheck for deposits, utilities and things I needed to start my house. It was the first time I had a house of my own in six years. Today, I am grate- ful to have had a place to help me. When I walked into this beautiful home that was so peaceful I knew I was safe. I could not believe that there was a woman so full of love who didn't want anything from me. I learned something from her -- that Cod takes care of people who help peo- eral months. At times, the battle be- comes too much: finding the courage to fight my illness, my rights for disabil- ity and Medicaid, fighting in society on a day-to-day basis. For some time, I did have a car to sleep in, but the transmission locked up on me on someone else's property. From that moment on, I ended up homeless and on foot. The House of Bread and Peace has become my home, until I am able to or- ganize a place of my own. Sister Joanna and the staff members have helped me through. A long journey of hope, frustration and achievements still await me. They have grown to un- derstand me, accept me, and do what- ever they possible can to help me es- tablish my roots. Before I came here, I'd made it a point, to put nay trust in Jehovah God, that no matter what the situation, he would send his angels to pave the road ahead for my future. This I have done without regrets. I could never describe in complete and exact detail all that they've done for me because their love, concern and patience is without boundaries. They offer a warm bed, shoulders to lean upon, the abundance of food, under- standing hearts and listening ears. The blessings are. endless. Sister Joanna has opened up her home, her i! heart and her support to those of us who have experienced sudden road blocks. Soon things will change for the bet- ter and I'll end up, once again, on my own in society, but all the while on my journey, I'll never forget this place. There is a welcome smile in my heart for everyone here, at the House of Bread and Peace. May God Bless, Kathy L. Sarver