That’s when she found Sacred Heart House, a sort-of shelter that helps single mothers and single women gain self-sufficiency. Whether that be finding them a job or a degree program, Denver’s Sacred Heart House aims to stitch up the wounds of homelessness instead of putting on a Band-Aid.
“They really dedicate themselves to solving the issue instead of perpetuating a litany of poverty,” Brown said.
Sacred Heart House emphasizes a three-pronged approach to helping women become self-sufficient. The first is its in-house stabilization program. This is where women like Brown are given temporary housing, food, clothes and transportation. The stabilized environment allows women to develop sufficiency skills like cleaning, laundry and parenting. Here, they also can receive referrals for permanent or transitional housing.
The second step is a follow-up program that ensures the connection established with the in-house program is never severed. They’ll send furniture, household goods, emergency food and other help to families around the holidays.
As the transitional housing case manager, Sherri Ludlam works with six single mothers, essentially coaching them as they get back on their feet. Brown was one of those women who found herself under Ludlam’s wing.
Address: 2844 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80205
In operation since: 1980
Number of employees: Two full-time, six part-time
Annual budget: $464,358
Percentage that goes directly to client services: 85%
Number of clients served in 2018: 1,064
Now, Brown is knee-deep in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s international business program with a focus in human resources. She’s flying through the four-plus year degree with sights set on law school.