“Coming Into Focus”…February 2019 ENews


“Coming Into Focus”

We recently discovered that one of our DDH children, a kindergartner, was having trouble with his vision. He was referred by his teachers to the school system for special vision testing. He failed that vision test and the tester encouraged his mom to take him to an optometrist for further testing. The optometrist told her that nothing was wrong with his eyes!

Of course we were befuddled and hardly knew what to think. After looking at the little boy's insurance, we realized that he would have to wait another six months before he could be tested again. Knowing that he needed more immediate attention, we took him to another optometrist and the Dorothy Day House paid for the examination. That examination revealed a problem and he was sent to get glasses.

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"Just a blur..." January 2019 ENews

The past several months have been a blur at the Dorothy Day House.

Staff members worked on wreath sales, provided Christmas for 31 families,  processed hundreds of financial and in-kind donations,  sent Christmas honorariums, moved a family out of the DDH, cared for seven additional families and  continued to attend to countless other responsibilities.  
What a happy problem!

We are amazed again and again at the generosity of those who support us in a million different ways and we are growing in excitement as we approach the start of renovations on our third house.  You are making miracles happen.....bless you!
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"Success breeds success"....October 2018 ENews

They say that "Success breeds success."  We certainly believe that at the Dorothy Day House.

One of our mothers recently searched for a job for weeks and weeks.  She had to turn down several offers because of the hours or the travel requirements.  Last week she got a wonderful job with great hours and pay that will support her and her family.  The smile on her face was priceless! The success with the job search has now given her the impetus to get her driver's license. One success leads to another.

A resident father now has a full-time job and is getting ready to move out of the DDH with his son.  Someone gave us a car recently and we were able to pass it on to him last weekend.  Now life looks even better for him and he is ready to be on his own again. He feels successful for the first time in several years.

Read more from our October ENews here https://conta.cc/2QXqZLP

"Harder than you can imagine..." September 2018 ENews

Getting a job is difficult. Statistics say that there are thousands of open positions in the Memphis area but getting a job is difficult.

"Here....take this job....the hours are 5:00 am 'til 3:00 pm."

     "That won't work. I need childcare and the daycare doesn't open
      until 6:00 am."

"Here's a job....you can work hours that match your children's school schedule....the pay is $9.00 an hour."     "Sorry, I'm looking for a salary will provide for me and my children. I
      can't get a decent apartment on $9.00 an hour."
Yes, getting a job is difficult, especially for those who do not have the skills needed or a car or the support system to help with childcare. At the Dorothy Day House, we are ALWAYS looking for jobs for our residents.

read More of our September ENews here….https://conta.cc/2QZdprg


“Harder than you can imagine…”

We're Open!"....August 2018 ENews

For many years, the DDH has wanted to launch a business that could employ some of our residents.  It seemed like an impossible dream until Tracy Burgess, our Development and Communications Director, and her husband, Josh, began talking about opening a bakery.  With the encouragement and support of many people, Lucy J's Bakery gradually took shape and and began operating at a kiosk in Crosstown Concourse in February 2018.

Now, after months of construction and lots of work behind the scenes, we are happy to announce that Lucy J's Bakery is open for business in its permanent location near the West Atrium in Crosstown Concourse….

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"Fourteen and Counting..." July 2018 ENews

"Fourteen and Counting..." July 2018 ENews

“Fourteen and counting…”

Now that we have opened a second house at 1178 Peabody (Loretta's House), we are serving six families at a time...three in each house. The adjustment has gone very smoothly and one of the wonderful surprises is that we are now enjoying a total of fourteen children. We love seeing their excitement (and exhaustion) when they get home from daycare and summer camp each day. And watching the little ones cuddle with their moms gives us a special sense of why the Dorothy Day House exists.

The sense of "home" is important to all of us and we are happy that our children feel comfortable and loved in the DDH. In years to come we hope they remember their time of homelessness as a time of real security and joy.

Our special thanks to all the volunteers who have recently helped with childcare, transportation, special outings for the children and school supplies. You are a big part of what makes the Dorothy Day House so unique!

Read more from our July Enews here: https://conta.cc/2AyEvSi

Day by Day...From our Executive Director


"Joy and Sadness, too."

Nothing can quite match the joy we feel when a family moves out of the Dorothy Day House and into their own home again.  After months and months of struggle, the parents and children feel like there is space in their being for new hope and new dreams.  We all rejoice!

Of course, there is always a tinge of sadness when a family moves, too. The staff and volunteers have built relationships with the children and parents. We have invested ourselves in making sure that every day is a better day for them.  And then they are gone.

Happily, most of our families choose to stay in touch with us. They text us, send pictures, stop by for visits....and we are always glad to see their continuing success. 

Read more from our June newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2KnLjTs