The Bethany House program was originally founded by Sister Louise Micek, CSJ in 1997 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Beginning in July 1, 2013, Mercy House partnered with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to continue the program and expand our system of care to provide transitional housing and services to single women experiencing homelessness. The transitional shelter program houses 14 single women annually and provides case management and supportive services to help the women become self-sufficient and graduate successfully into permanent housing.
Helping More Women in Transition Start Their Journey to a Better Life
Marlena is a single mother with two children who recently escaped an abusive relationship. But after losing one of the two jobs she was holding down to make ends meet, she could no longer afford her rent. An eviction followed, which led to a state of homelessness. After a police outreach team met Marlena, they helped find her a temporary shelter for domestic violence victims, but it wasn’t a permanent home. Fortunately, the police outreach team also connected Marlena to the Family Solutions Coll...
On a summer night in 2017, in a dark McDonalds parking lot, nearly empty while the fast food hotspot is closed, there sits one, small car. Inside the car are three people: Monique Lewis, Micah Lewis, and Monet Lewis.
Micah and Monet are Monique’s two young kids. That night, the three of them don’t have a place to sleep, Monique’s car is their only option for shelter. So, the three of them pile in, drive to the empty McDonald’s parking lot, and do their best to sleep in the car before the kids g...
For much of her life, Jennie Galindo has been on the move, running away from one thing or another.
As a teenager, Galindo looked for ways to escape the sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of a close relative, years of assault compounded by the pain of not being believed once she told someone.
She thought she found it in drugs and partying. She ended up with an addiction to methamphetamine that she fought off and on for 20 years.
Her relationships with men have been rocky. She gave...
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