Furniture, carpeting, posters and educational materials were partially funded through a Child’s Safety Program grant from Geminus Corporation in Merrillville. “Moms on a Mission,” of Highland, donated such items as gently used toys, diapers, and books. IUPUI art student Danielle Lawson created a wall design of fictional characters.
“I am so excited that we can now work with the two generations to do just what our strategic plan calls us to do – break the cycle of poverty, one person, one family at a time,” said Sojourner Truth House Executive Director Sr. Peg Spindler, CSA.
Additional work from some Sojourner Truth House staff members was spearheaded by Program Services and Outreach Coordinator Robin Beasley; Special Projects and Events Coordinator Lillian Beasley; and Program Services and Outreach Administrative Assistant Alice Dawson. The group squeezed in several weeks of work on the room’s transformation when not tending to regular job responsibilities.
“(Our) staff and volunteers…are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and educational environment for our children so that parents, with a clear mind, can focus on improving their quality of life,” Robin Beasley said. The commitment, she added, is about building each child’s self-esteem and personal pride, and encouraging and supporting self discipline and social skills.
BREAKOUT BOX: Sojourner Truth House day center, located at 410 W. 13th Avenue in Gary, served 800 clients when it first opened in 1997, and today serves approximately 1,500 clients each month. It is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Information: (219) 885-2282 or www.sojournertruthhouse.org.