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You Must Have Hope and Keep Going

I never got to go to school before. Right when I started going to my first school, the civil war started in Somalia. It was a terrible, dark time. Everyone was running for their life. I was very young then. We left Somalia and went to Kenya. Life in a refugee camp is very hard….

Despite Everything, I Never Gave Up

I knew Our Saviour’s was a decent place when I first stopped by. It wasn’t a big place. Kind of homey, down to earth. It was drizzling outside. I let them know who I was, and they said, “Come on in!” I was early, but they let me sit there for a little bit. I…

Suleban Faces Forward

Suleban remembers his early years in Somalia with fondness. Everything was so simple then. He went to school and played soccer in his free time. As he got older, he started working in a meat factory to earn a little income. Sadly, those simpler times didn’t last. War came to his home country, and Suleban,…

A Bathtub for Susan

Susan never knew that one workplace accident would lead to twenty years of opioid addiction. After graduating from college, Susan moved to St. Louis, Missouri, eager to begin a career in occupational therapy. Ten years later, disaster struck. While transporting a wheelchair, Susan got caught between the chair and the van. Her back twisted, and…

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    Paris Resident at OSH

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    Jude Resident at OSH

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    Mary Teacher at ELC

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    Ahmed ELC Student

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    When I see the students benefit, it makes me feel very good!

    Shukri ELC Student

    Finding OSH was the most important thing in helping me get back on my feet.

    Anonymous Resident at OSH

    Our Saviour’s Transitional Housing Program was a Godsend. I feel like I really can’t say enough. I’m in a supportive environment. The people here really help you. The best part is having a place of peace and rest.

    Sandra Resident at OSH

    I see two elderly students grabbing a ride home with one of their classmates. They wave and ask about my family. I ask them, “How are you?” They respond, “If we are here, we are always good!”

    Jenne Program Director at ELC

    Being at OSH makes me realize that anything can happen to anyone, and that’s why you’ve got to help people out. There are some good vibes here and a really cool sense of community.

    Stacey Volunteer at OSH

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