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Alfred Moves Forward with Hope

Ask Alfred about the most influential person in his life, and he will tell you about his mother: “The first person I look up to is my mother. She has been the pillar stone of my life. There is nobody better to think about when it comes to my upbringing and upliftment. There’s no other…


One Happy Reunion, Despite Immigration Ban

The recent executive orders on immigration have affected thousands across the world, largely resulting in fear and confusion. Samira, one of our students at the English Learning Center, was deeply impacted. Just days after the orders were signed, Samira’s four-year-old daughter was on her way to be reunited with her mother and sisters here in…


Leave Your Worries on the Doorstep

I was seven years old. It was a cold November night. I was snuggled up to my twin sister in the big bed we shared. The soft corduroy green bedspread tucked up under my chin. My older sister was steps away. I woke up suddenly to find my dad sitting at the end of the…


A Place to Love and Be Loved

At our recent end-of-semester party, we were thrilled when Alex, a former Lutheran Volunteer Corps staff member, came back to visit! During the open mic portion of the evening, he had these wise words to share: “I’m really happy to be here to celebrate with you all this evening. Though, actually, happy is maybe not a…

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OSH was there for me when nobody else was. They helped me stand on two feet. That’s what I want to be able to do for someone else. Because when you help somebody out, that’s when you get helped out too.

Paris Resident at OSH

When I moved into the housing program, it was the first time I had a key that could actually open my own door. That was an amazing experience. I’m grateful because Our Saviour’s gave me the opportunity to move on and make my life better.

Jude Resident at OSH

I enjoyed having the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Friends Forever service group come for a conversation group with students because the students really engaged and used their English.

Mary Teacher at ELC

Education is important. If you have no education, you have no eyes. With an education, things are possible.

Ahmed ELC Student

The best part about home is having one. Using your own key to come in and out. Relaxing.

Eligah Resident at OSH

When I see the students benefit, it makes me feel very good!

Shukri ELC Student

Finding OSH was the most important thing in helping me get back on my feet.

Anonymous Resident at OSH

Our Saviour’s Transitional Housing Program was a Godsend. I feel like I really can’t say enough. I’m in a supportive environment. The people here really help you. The best part is having a place of peace and rest.

Sandra Resident at OSH

I see two elderly students grabbing a ride home with one of their classmates. They wave and ask about my family. I ask them, “How are you?” They respond, “If we are here, we are always good!”

Jenne Program Director at ELC

Being at OSH makes me realize that anything can happen to anyone, and that’s why you’ve got to help people out. There are some good vibes here and a really cool sense of community.

Stacey Volunteer at OSH