Center for Peace workers invited to Chicago
April 10, 2012 at 2:01 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2012 at 11:10 p.m.
PERPETUAL HELP HOME
Founded in 1995, Perpetual Help Home is a permanent supported housing program helping women and their children in hardship circumstances - recent release from prison or jail, serious substance abuse problems, homelessness or domestic violence. Perpetual Help Home is a Christian ministry. For more information call 361-575-5335.
The work being done at Victoria's Center for Peace is garnering national attention.
The three women who operate the center - Lisa McDade, Elena Soto and Sarah Waters - have been invited to share their stories at the Christian Community Development Association immersion training in Chicago on April 15-20.
The Center for Peace is an enterprise of Perpetual Help Home. Its work training program is designed to teach entrepreneurship, business, computer and office skills, helping the women to become more marketable when searching for employment.
The center has five restorative justice outreach ministries and provides training to churches, businesses and other organizations in the community.
The women who run the program also live at Perpetual Help Home.
"This is significant for us because it's recognition that what's happening here is on the cutting edge," said Cheryl Miller, executive director of Perpetual Help Home. "Not a lot of people are doing the work we are doing."
Miller, who will also make the trip to Chicago, said a CCDA member visited in February and was so impressed by the work done at the Center for Peace, the invitations were extended to take part in the national training event.
"He saw the significant transformation in the lives of the three women who run the center," Miller said.
The CCDA is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored, according to the organization's website.
The organization also has numerous academic partners including the Baylor University School of Social Work.