As we begin our 4th year, thank you!
TO ALL OUR PRESENT AND FUTURE FRIENDS OF JULIA'S,
Just over three years ago the Julia Greeley Home opened its doors to help women who are alone and trying to transition from being homeless. In our family style residence based on Christian values, women are freed from the dangers of street violence. In peace and security they receive the time and skills to recover their lives and become self sufficient.
Thank you for all you are doing to help us!
Since opening, Julia’s moved from a small 4 bed home to a home double the size. By the start of 2017, nearly a dozen formerly homeless women graduated from Julia’s and began new lives of meaning and purpose. I pray for their longterm success.
For example, thanks to our partnership with the Ward Family Foundation of Alexandria VA, a graduate of Julia’s won a full scholarship in 2016 to become a licensed practical nurse, which will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Other residents found jobs, apartments, and reconciled with family. This is why Julia’s exists, it is to help each individual woman, one woman at a time.
Always, we want to reflect the beautiful values and the life of our patron, Julia Greeley, who overcame incredible odds as a person born into slavery, who was treated cruelly and left half blind, lame and very poor. She turned to Jesus Christ for strength and became a beloved person in Denver, helping others who were also poor and beaten by life. One hundred years later, in late 2016, Julia was launched on the road to become a canonized saint in the Catholic Church. She shows each person’s life has meaning and dignity. That is our message and goal at the Julia Greeley Home.
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What is Julia's?
Who was Julia?
Julia Greeley was a courageous, faith-filled, single woman who overcame slavery and poverty to become a source of hope to others even less fortunate than she.
“Thank you Julia Greeley, you were a light for me when I could not see the way!’
The words are like Sylvia Bailey herself -- spontaneous, spirited, luminous. Sylvia graduated from the Julia Greeley Home program in 2014, and shortly afterwards spoke at a workshop about her success. The Julia Greeley program had helped her achieve independence. She was in her own apartment and managing her own life.
Now Sylvia had a plan. She wanted to share the light that she had found at Julia's: “I want to volunteer,” she said. “When can I start?”
We were thrilled. Who better to explain Julia’s program than Sylvia? She was charismatic, eloquent and eager. She could explain Julia’s program “from the inside out,” because she believed that her time at Julia’s had revitalized her life journey.
A few weeks after that workshop came devastating news. Sylvia had died suddenly from a burst aneurysm suffered at her home. This vital woman, sparkling as a firecracker, had suddenly been called to eternal life.
Yet Sylvia's story continues to inspire us. She is every woman who is alone, suffering, and without a home, who finally triumphed over her circumstances. More ›
Life didn’t spare Vicki from hardship and homelessness, even though she’s held good jobs, been to college, and stayed free of the addiction trap.
The shattering blow for Vicki was the death of her fiance in the summer of 2012. Suddenly, the sensitive, soft-spoken 54-year-old found herself in a bewildering spiral. The couple had planned to let Vicki finish her college degree while her fiance supported them. But after his death, Vicki was forced to drop out of her adult education classes and abandon plans for a business degree. More ›