Dear Friends,

It is a special delight when the doorbell rings at The Dwelling Place and one of our former residents stops by for a visit. Tricia is one of our “graduates” who often joins us for Wednesday night dinner or calls to ask if she can stop in for ongoing guidance or to share an idea she has for fundraising. She wants to make sure other women can benefit, as she did, from the care and services we offer.

With gratitude and confidence, Tricia states, “The Dwelling Place has made a lasting impact on my life. Amidst my struggle with homelessness, I was given a safe home, time, and support to rediscover my talents and abilities. I was, and still am, encouraged to pursue my dreams and goals by the staff.”

Tricia became homeless after years of struggling with depression, fear, and anxiety. Being unstable, especially financially, led to constant unemployment and strained and broken relationships.

Her greatest fear during this time was being judged, misunderstood, and having to protect and defend herself from attack on the street. Describing her experience, Tricia tells us, “Being homeless felt like a punishment for not doing, living, being better. I felt like a miserable failure. It is still hard to forgive myself and move past this hard chapter in my life.”

After living for eight months at The Dwelling Place, Tricia was able to move to a rented room on the Upper East Side. She continues to be employed, executing consistent, healthy life plans our case managers put together with her. Although she is still healing and dealing with financial challenges, she is gaining independence.

When asked what was the most beneficial for her, she says, “What helped me the most was the fact that I was not alone. I received advice, food, shelter, and solutions to problems. I didn’t have to battle homelessness alone.”

You, our beloved donors, made all the difference!

Heartfelt thanks to each of you for your faithful support.
Your donations foster miracles of transformation empowering Tricia and others with a renewed sense of dignity and purpose.

Will you continue to partner with us to assure other women, like Tricia, that they are not alone?
Please consider a gift to our 2020 Annual Appeal. Your donation will witness to them that they have friends by their side as they journey out of homelessness.

All gifts will be received as a blessing and will be acknowledged with a Friends by Your Side poster in our dining room. Gifts will also be acknowledged in our Summer Newsletter


  • A gift of $50 will provide fresh fruit and healthy snacks for one week.
  • A gift of $100 will provide household supplies and touches of beauty and inspiration for one month.
  • A gift of $250 will provide dinner for the women for one week.
  • A gift of $500 will provide support for our utility bills for one month.
  • A gift of $1,000 or more will assist in providing the services of our case managers and support staff for one week.

Thank you for considering this important and urgent appeal.
You can make your gift with the enclosed response form or give online as directed on the response form.

Please be our ambassadors and share this letter among your family, friends, and co-workers. Let us each be a friend at the side of the women of The Dwelling Place. Together, we can transform lives.

Sister Joann Sambs, CSA

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