Volunteers at Sojourner Truth House serve alongside staff to provide support to both the women and children in the day center program as well as members of the Gary, IN community through the food pantry and clothes closet. That support comes in many forms from working with community clients to enter information regarding their needs into the computer system, to working behind the scenes sorting and organizing incoming donations. Volunteers may assist in preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals; help as a teacher aide in the Child-Enrichment-Center; provide office assistance, facilitate groups for clients, or transport program participants to appointments. During the late spring-early autumn months the STH flower and produce gardens flourish thanks to the efforts of volunteers; and special events at STH give clients a chance to relax and enjoy simple joys thanks to volunteers with creative energies. Volunteer opportunities at Sojourner Truth House are wonderfully diverse, just like the volunteers themselves!
Sojourner Truth House (STH) is a day center located in Gary, Indiana, that serves homeless and at-risk women and their children. Founded by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1997, STH serves more than 2,200 clients each month.
Sojourner Truth House assists clients staying in local shelters who come to the day center for help obtaining benefits, referrals to community support agencies, basic skills and employment training, healthcare screenings and referrals, counseling for addiction and other issues, and assistance with finding housing.
After finding housing, clients can become a part of our TOPPS program – or Transitional Outreach Program Participants. TOPPS clients maintain support through therapeutic programs and ongoing case management.
Sojourner Truth House also welcomes members of the community – clients who come to the food pantry for help meeting intermittent basic household needs or are in need of clothing.
At STH, we serve clients with a holistic approach that provides help and hope for the mind, body and spirit of the women and children we serve.