For many years, Several Sources volunteers had been working in a church basement and using vans to help the needy of the inner city. In 1997, the years of serving the poor of the inner city were blessed with the opening of our Shelter called "Ladies Rest" in Newark, New Jersey. Some are battered or victims of other forms of abuse. The daytime shelter is needed to compliment other nighttime shelters in Newark where the homeless are only allowed to sleep.
The homeless ladies come not only for a safe place to stay but also for help in putting their lives back together. The majority of the ladies are on disability and have a variety of emotional and physical issues. Often there are domestic violence situations that have to be attended to immediately.
The women are given clothing, provided with financial aid for medicine, transportation to job interviews and, if they are unable to work, they are helped with social services.
Many times, they come with children that range from newborns, who need diapers, to 13 year olds, who need food and clothing. The ladies are encouraged in every way possible to become independent and self sufficient.
Over 200 homeless women and their needy children are assisted every year through Ladies and Babies Rest. In 2012, "Ladies Rest" became "Ladies and Babies Rest" to reflect its expanded mission of helping women and needy children of all ages, including pregnant women.
Left, Kathy DiFiore, founder of Several Sources Shelters, continues to assist a "Ladies and Babies Rest" past resident, who is now a student in a Dental Assistant program, by providing a monthly bus pass until her program is completed.