It fills my heart every day to watch these young women grow in confidence and learn to live independent, self-sufficient lives.
Lisa was born in St. Augustine, FL and still lives there today. She worked for many years in banking but also owned a couple of small businesses along the way. Lisa and her husband Charles have five children and seven grandchildren. Charles now runs the thrift store for Alpha- Omega, the remarkable shelter that Lisa established, and he will join Lisa on the cruise.
In 1993 Lisa knew there was a calling for her to help women and children in need. Alpha-Omega Miracle Home was begun from this realization. Alpha-Omega is a faith-based organization that provides housing, counseling, and education for homeless pregnant women, single moms, children, and senior women. AOMH offers safe shelter, medical and dental care, food, clothing, and personal items. Each resident works with a case manager and is assisted in securing employment and furthering her education. They also work with a mental health counselor and take classes on budgeting, nutrition, cooking, parenting, career counseling, etc. The goal of these classes is to fill in the gaps so residents will be stable, self-sufficient, and able to take care of themselves and their families when they leave the program.
Another feature of the program is to help people in the community who are in need by giving them diapers and other baby items, clothing, personal hygiene items, furniture, and the like.
"We don't just provide temporary shelter, we help these women build up their self esteem and realize how valuable and important they are," says Lisa. Since opening in 1999, hundreds of young women have gone through the program and now live independent lives. "Our seniors love living with us too because they are loved and needed," says Lisa. "It's a loving, encouraging environment for everybody." Recently, Alpha Omega announced plans to build a campus with 48 separate apartments for their seniors, children, and young women. They are currently seeking funding to begin the building process.