Our exciting new outreach project for the Episcopal Church Women of West Tennessee is to support the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux which has recently been started in midtown Memphis.
We are continuing our tradition of assisting women who are homeless or in transition in their lives.
Our ECW of West Tennessee has a tradition of assisting women who are living in transitional housing. In 2015, we started supporting the Lisieux community by donating new household goods, such as toilet paper, paper towels, coffee and personal items.
Your guild, Sunday School class or women's group can make an announcement one month, and then collect the items the next month. This is an easy way to support these women in their growth to an independent lifestyle.
In the Fall of 2016 we are continuing our support for the Lisieux Community!
Their first goal this fall is to have opportunities to come and speak to your ECW or women's group about their mission.
Statement from Sandra Ferrell, Executive Director and Founder
The Lisieux Community provides housing and support for women who have survived trauma, addiction and life on the streets, all a part of prostitution. We teach community and connect the women to resources that provide healing and education for a new way of life. We are a sister organization to Magdalene, Inc in Nashville, TN, and are partnering with Thistle Farms to be the Face of Thistle Farms here in Memphis. If you wish to have a Thistle Farms party after October 20, please call 901-800-8840.
Some accomplishments so far:
purchased and renovated a home for 5 women
graduated 5 women from the Intensive Outpatient program at Serenity Recovery Center
graduated 3 women from the personal and career development (PCD) program at HopeWorks
2 women were placed in full-time jobs
2 women are in classes at Southwest Community College
all the women are current with physical health needs via Christ Community Health Services
all the women are current with mental health needs medical needs via partner providers
all the women have established relationships with mental health counselors via partner providers
All staff are volunteer and we welcome volunteers from our various partner organizations.
Thanks to MAX and to the members of the All Saint's Guild
at Church of the Holy Communion for donations of household products for the Lisieux Community!!
AT ST. THERESE
We had a great time on September 27, 2014 at the Garden Day and picnic on the grounds of this new community of women in midtown Memphis. We pulled, pruned, planted and potted. We were able to work with the women who are living there.
About the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux.
The Community of St. Thesese of Lisieux is a new community of women in mid-town Memphis. This community is a sister community with Magdalene and Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee, an established community and farm started by Becca Stevens. Both are communities of women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and drug abuse.
St. Therese follows the same by-laws and program as laid out by the Magdalene Community. The founder of St. Therese, Sandra Ferrell, spoke at our Annual ECW of West Tennessee meeting on November 8, 2014 at Church of the Holy Communion. Click HERE for more information about our Annual Meeting.