I can hardly type fast enough to keep up with all that I want to say! Another NH Graduate was launched over the weekend, and it may have been our most beautiful graduation ceremony yet. I will probably say that about all of them, but that's because each and every woman who has completed our … [Read More...] Welcome Her Back
Happy New Year! Here we are at the beginning of a new year, a new decade. Who doesn't love a fresh start!? Our team starts each year holding up open hands to the Lord, asking for vision and direction as we plan for the next 12 months. And to start the planning and dreaming, I … [Read More...] Our 2020 Theme
After three years of serving, learning, and walking alongside victims of trafficking, we started 2019 positioned to grow. We served more women this past year than ever before, launched more graduates back into independence than ever before, interviewed and referred more women applying to our program than ever before. Naomi’s House went from the infancy … [Read More...] Naomi’s House 2019 Annual Report
I read something in my Bible study the other day that gripped me. It felt like the words I've been looking for to describe what we do at Naomi's House. In The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James, she describes what she thinks Boaz was representing when he first interacted with Ruth. The scene is this: … [Read More...] Feed Them
This headline griped me earlier this month: " Chicago man gets 22 years in prison after luring teen girls into sex via Facebook, promising cash." Traffickers use our everyday habits to lure young girls into relationships and then make false promises. Promises like, "I will love and care for you" or "I will protect you and give … [Read More...] How Can We Prevent This?
I've mentioned before the unbelievable and powerful moments when a resident's parent thanks me/our team for the new life her daughter has started because of her time at Naomi's House. I still feel this sense of shock and humility when another mom looks me in the eyes and says, "Thank you for giving me my … [Read More...] Family Restoration
This summer was "the summer of consulting" for Naomi's House! We had several organizations call us, meet with us, and email us asking questions about how we started Naomi's House and what we've learned along the way. I love collaboration and believe in it deeply. Without so many others teaching and guiding us over the … [Read More...] Perseverance and Longevity
"You meet with people and tell them how they can help us, right?" This is a question a resident at Naomi's House asked me a few weeks ago. She then handed me a notebook full of poems that she had written, encouraging me to read them and share them with anyone who will listen. I … [Read More...] Heros Partners
It's hard to imagine, but we see it. Intentional sabotage. Right now we have a woman at Naomi's House who is testing us. How far can she push the boundaries before we will kick her out? The very fact that she believes we would kick anyone out shows us exactly where and why she needs … [Read More...] Intentional Sabotage?
In 2019, we continue to see the devastating effects of human trafficking across Chicagoland. In order to heal, women need trauma-informed care that addresses all aspects of their injuries. As one resident said, without the resources she received while at Naomi's House, she’s confident she would be dead. So far, 2019 has been a … [Read More...] Naomi’s House Spring 2019 Report