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Hope Stories: Debbie

Debbie had been through her share of struggles before she moved to Bishop Sullivan Residence, one of two permanent supportive housing sites in Brooklyn. In the space of a few years, Debbie had lost her mother, her marriage, and her home. A deep depression set in, and she could see no way out of homelessness.

Today Debbie is finding her footing at Sullivan Residence, with ongoing involvement of on-site clinical and case management staff. “Everyone has been so nice,” she said. “They help with budgeting, medical issues, counseling, referrals, whatever you need.” Debbie also worked with a volunteer tutor for several months to prepare for her GED test. “She was very patient and sweet,” she said. “We still keep in touch.” Over the summer, Debbie even got very involved with a community garden across the street, growing everything from onions to lavender.

Debbie’s time at Providence House has been a journey from isolation and depression to community, stability, and hope.

Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Weatherbee

“Yoga has totally transformed my life in so many ways,” said volunteer Laura Weatherbee, a yoga teacher and practitioner for over ten years.

“The daily practice keeps my physical body strong and nimble, but it also gives me a sense of peace and well-being when going through difficult times.”

After learning of Providence House from a fellow yoga instructor and volunteer, Laura quickly reached out and became involved. Since September of last year, she has held monthly classes for residents at our Bishop Sullivan Supportive Housing Residence in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. She adapts the classes to engage energetic children, adults with disabilities, and everyone in between.

“I hope to bring a little peace and calm to residents, and encourage them to use their bodies to their fullest potential,” she said. “It has been such a pleasure getting to know the different residents. The positive energy they bring is what motivates me to keep teaching.”

Bishop Sullivan Second Anniversary Barbecue

Bishop Sullivan Second Anniversary Barbecue

Providence House residents and staff came together on a beautiful sunny afternoon to commemorate the second year of our Bishop Sullivan residence with a barbecue. Gathering in the backyard, the children played, while many others cooked and mingled, ending yet another week with delicious food and summer fun!