Sister Joann Sambs joined the staff in July 2014 and brings with her a lifetime of ministry and dedication. She looks forward to leading each and every woman to a life of independence.

sr-joann-2What brought you to The Dwelling Place?
My desire and commitment to spend my “life after congregational leadership” ministering with and among the poor and especially with women led me to The Dwelling Place.

How would you describe The Dwelling Place?
It is a sacred place where miracles happen because of the courage of the women residents and the love and dedication of staff, volunteers, board members, and generous donors.

Can you describe some of the ways you work with each woman?
I participate in the intake interview of each woman when possible so that I am aware of her story and can support her journey. The women pass my office each morning giving me a chance to say hello and offer them blessings for the day. My administrative role calls me to tend to the temporal affairs of this ministry so that the women can truly enjoy a stable home here among us as they rebuild their lives.

What do you wish people knew about The Dwelling Place?
I wish they could each come and experience for themselves the stories of the women, the dedication of the staff, and the joy of being part of this wonderful ministry. It helps one to “know” homelessness in a whole new light.

Can you share a favorite memory?
I will always remember participating in my first intake interview, hearing the woman’s story, soothing her tears, and the smile that lit up her face when we accepted her as a resident.
My hope is that The Dwelling Place will continue to thrive through the generosity of those who support our mission.

What inspires you?
The women who come to be with us and the dedicated staff who have welcomed me as a member of their team.