Saturday, March 7th is the annual Night for Hope and Healing, the gala to benefit Lydia’s House.
It’s a special year in the life of Lydia’s House as we celebrate 20 years of ministry. In the past 20 years we have served over 700 women and children. That doesn’t sound like many until you remember that for the first 10 years, Lydia’s House only had room to serve 12 women and up to 18 children. It was 10 years ago that our capacity tripled.
As we prepared for the gala this year, we had the opportunity to sit down with two of the founders of Lydia’s House, Mary Albert and Dawn Stringfield. It was inspiring and humbling to hear about the birth of Lydia’s House from two of the people who were there. And it was a reminder that faith has always been a guiding principle for the organization as a whole.
As we celebrate this 20th year of ministry, we cannot say enough about all of our supporters, volunteers and donors. So many churches and organizations and individuals have stepped up to help make Lydia’s House a reality, and to make sure the ministry continues to live and grow. We have been served by dedicated staff and board members, and we appreciate their commitment to the organization and the many women and children who have passed through our doors.
Domestic violence is a tragic reality in our communities. Thank goodness places like Lydia’s House continue to live on, places dedicated to being a “place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children”.
We look forward to seeing everyone attending the gala. We will eat and laugh and celebrate, while at the same time we will be raising hope, awareness and the funds needed to keep our mission and ministry alive. Cheers to the next 20 years and beyond!