October 5, 2019: Kolache Sale benefiting Safe Homes was a sell-out success
|On October 5th and 6th, Notre Dame Sisters and Associates sold out of their homemade kolache at the North Omaha Pottery Tour.
Coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the sisters raised hundreds of dollars to provide one-time rent and utilities stipends to women moving on from domestic violence and homeless shelters via our Safe Homes Program.
Missed the Kolache Sale but still want to support Safe Homes?
Through our Safe Homes Program we provide start-up funds for victims escaping domestic violence situation. Safe Homes offers one-time financial assistance to a woman and her children leaving a shelter or other program that has provided her with education, counseling, support, and a plan as she transitions into independent living.
Keeping on with Safe Homes
A second service of Safe Homes is to provide encouragement during the first year to become successful renters.Through Keeping On with Safe Homes a Notre Dame liaison provides regular contact with a recipient to ensure timely rental payments and to help with additional community services.
We are proud to partner with the following organizations:
- Bethlehem House
- Catholic Charities – Des Moines, IA
- Catholic Charities – Omaha, NE
- Heartland Family Services
- Siena Francis Homeless Shelter
- Women’s Center for Advancement
How it Began
In 1978, Catholic Charities and the Notre Dame Sisters established The Shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Notre Dame Sisters provided funding and staff support. With significant growth, Catholic Charities took over the administration of the Shelter. It became apparent that a need for assistance with first month rent and utility deposit existed. The Notre Dame Sisters’ vision of service culminated in research that clearly indicated there was a need. Thus, Safe Homes was born.
Why We Do This
We, the Notre Dame Sisters and Associates, committed ourselves to alleviate family violence by assisting in providing transitional housing because of the principles of Catholic social teaching.