A Message from Julia's Founder, Father Regis Scanlon, OFM Cap.
"But Father, I have nowhere to go!” That was the cry I heard over and over again when I counseled women who had lost their homes and their families due to a personal catastrophe.
Some suffered from the death of the husband or family breadwinner. Some suffered from a sudden financial collapse, or an illness which drained all their resources. Some women become estranged from family and lose all contact with loved ones.
Before the Julia Greeley Home came to be, if they didn’t have family or friends to help, most of these women had nowhere to go except overnight shelters. But these shelters are temporary, and there aren’t nearly enough to go around. Women who are alone, without homes or other resources, number in the hundreds, according to metro Denver homeless statistics.
Living in shelters and fending alone “on the street” is an unimaginably brutal life. Women alone are a constant target for sexual predators. They are always in danger of being victimized by hardened bullies, street gangs and violent criminals.
God does not intend for His children to be left without help, or love. It was unconscionable to me to think so many women were forced to live "invisibly" and alone, when the answer is clearly to reach out to give them a stable home and the tools necessary to find meaningful work and independence. That also means helping them see that God intends that they recognize their dignity as human beings and as women. I was convinced that once women understood these truths, they could be inspired to achieve the self confidence necessary to rebuild their lives, just as our patron, Julia Greeley, achieved so much despite her many hardships and obstacles.
We are not a shelter. We are a family-style home which offers the motivated woman the opportunity -- and the time -- to get the job training, life skills and spiritual support she needs to become a confident and self sufficient woman.
At Julia's, we also impress upon every woman that she possesses innate dignity as an individual made in God’s image. No matter what her religious background — and we welcome women of every background — each woman is treated as an individual whose life has meaning and purpose.
Once a woman realizes her dignity, there is nothing she cannot accomplish! Our Julia Greeley “graduates” have found jobs, apartments, and reconciled with family. Two of them have pursued college degrees made available through our partnership with the Ward Family Foundation of Alexandria VA. We expect more qualified residents will be appling in the future.
God has blessed our mission and our residents, and we ask for your continued prayers in 2018. Every woman deserves the chance to rebuild her life.
FATHER REGIS SCANLON, O.F.M.CAP
Founder and president, Julia Greeley Home Inc.