I was emailing with a resident’s mom this week. It can be unusual to have such personal contact with a mom of a resident, so when she asked about making a financial donation to Naomi’s House, my heart melted. Her financial donation felt like a gesture that was full of love and hope for her … [Read More…] The Prayers of a Mama
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
We had our fifth graduation this weekend - the third so far this year. Like the others, it was beautiful and reflective of God's grace. But before we even began the ceremony, something amazing happened. I met a woman who works for the Cook County Sheriff who was there the night our graduate was rescued … [Read More...] A (really!) Hard Goodbye
I had wanted to start this note by telling you about the amazing news of another NH Graduation! Instead, the story of Robert Kraft has my fingers shaking as I write this, so please be sure to look at the next note to read about the event. Actually, Kraft himself isn't the story here, but … [Read More...] Robert Kraft
One of our Naomi's House graduates had the opportunity to speak in front of a small crowd recently, and to talk about her experience as a woman who successfully completed our program. Not only did she share how her life was changed through her time at NH, she also put a face to this "issue" … [Read More...] An Issue or a Name?
“Listen to voices that you don’t usually listen to...make room for others, especially those who no one else is hearing.” This was advice someone recently gave me. Any of us who are leaders in any capacity have the opportunity to use our power to empower others. We have the privilege of helping others flourish by giving … [Read More...] Congratulations to our Newest Grad!
I attended a community-led meeting a few weeks ago to discuss local human trafficking and a suspicious business that people believe might be a human trafficking ring. I was there as a concerned citizen and thought maybe my knowledge on the issue might be helpful. Not long into the meeting, someone said something that … [Read More...] End Trafficking Everywhere