Serve and Give

Sarah's ... an Oasis for Women

Sarah’s ... an Oasis for Women welcomes women from all over the world who are without resources or support and have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination and trauma. Sarah’s women are self-empowered to accomplish their goals and revive their spirits in order to prepare for life beyond Sarah’s. Our hope is that women who have lived here will perpetuate peace as contributing members in their new communities with newly developed skills, revitalized confidence, determination, and courage. Sarah’s is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, (CSJ), St. Paul Province, and we are still funded in part by the CSJ’s and their Ministries Foundation. We are located in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Each year before Christmas our faith formation group gather gifts for the residents of Sarah's using their shopping list.

Caring Hearts for Homeless People

Through the Caring Hearts for Homeless People HealthEast collects supplies for homeless children and their families in the Twin Cities each February in an annual donation drive. They collect medication and personal care items for Saint Paul programs that offer services to homeless people. Basic necessities include razors, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, adult and children pain relievers and adult cough syrup. Diapers, baby bottles, winter gloves, underwear and washcloths are also collected.

During February the Sisters of Saint Joseph provide collection boxes at Our Lady of Victory Chapel on Sundays. We bring items to our February faith formation meeting to be include in the drive.

Second Stork

Each year, thousands of new parents across the Twin Cities are stretched to bring their baby home from the hospital with even the most basic supplies such as diapers, cribs, clothing, receiving blankets and other essential items. Founded in 2009, Second Stork is a Minnesota nonprofit that fulfills this real, immediate need by providing those critical items free of charge with no strings attached. Second Stork is not religious or political in its mission or operations, and works in ways to always respect the dignity of people in need. To do so, Second Stork relies on the judgment of hospital staff--those on the front lines that see need first-hand.

During the fall of 2016 we will help package bundles of supplies containing diapers, wipes and other items critical to the health, safety and care of a newborn.