Home of Hope - Ukraine
About the Home
The Home of Hope was established as a safe house to save teenage girls from traffickers. The ownership of the House was given to the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate for the sole purpose of saving orphan girls who had to leave the Orphanages at age 16. The home was totally gutted and remodeled to be able to accommodate up to 23 girls and 3 Sisters.
Before the Home was ready for occupancy, funds went to purchasing beds, kitchen appliances and other necessary furniture. Now funds are used primarily to provide for the girls’ personal needs, such as food, clothing, medical supplies, health and emotional needs, and tuition for their education.
Presently there are 22 girls living at the home.
The Home of Hope is a place committed to helping form the girls with life skills that will enable them to live independently someday. The Sisters ensure that the operational needs are met along with providing the girls with spiritual support, inspiration, direction and friendship. The Sisters are also helping the girls to understand the importance of helping others as they have been helped. This past Christmas the girls visited a hospital sharing gifts and time.
Summer 2018 Updates
Two girls have graduated and will be moving out of the Home in the fall, to find a job and a new home for an independent life. The Sisters worked with the girls to find them jobs, and affordable housing. Although it's always difficult to see the girls move on, this is the ultimate goal for the girls - to provide them with the skills to live a fulfilling independant life.
Four of the girls in the home had the opportunity to attend a 3 week English camp. Besides improving their English, they met new people, made new friends, and enjoyed a visiting a number of interesting places.
Annual Home of Hope Fundraising Breakfast - 2018
Congratulations to the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada – Winnipeg Archeparchy for presenting another very successful Home of Hope Fundraising Breakfast event on February 24, 2018.
Over 300 participants enjoyed a delicious breakfast and were inspired by the guest speakers – Alvin and Mary Suderman, North American Directors for the Friends of the Mennonite Centre in Ukraine.
They presentation brought and further understanding on the current circumstance in Ukraine as well as endorsed why the Home of Hope and supporting the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in their ministry is so critical.
There was also a video message from Nicole Rogowsky, who has visited the Home of Hope and shared her perspective as a young Canadian.
The event helped raise close to $20,000 for the Home of Hope. 100% of the proceeds go to the Home of Hope in support all the day-to-day needs for the girls such as:
Household supplies and utilities
Thank you to the event sponsors:
Birchwood Auto Group Partnership
Manitoba Egg Farmers Burnbrae Farms
Sobey’s Cash and Carry
Hellard’s No Frill
Holy Eucharist Parish
and the UCWLC – Winnipeg and Manitoba Regions
Thank you to all those that that supported this event. If you would like to make a donation to the Home of Hope you can press HERE
Sister Jean Zemliak, SSMI (Chair of the Board for the Lubov SSMI Foundation Inc.)
Alvin Suderman (Guest Speaker – North American Director for the Friends of the Mennonite Centre in Ukraine)
Mary Suderman (North American Director for the Friends of the Mennonite Centre in Ukraine)
Metropolitan & Archbishop Lawrence Huculak, O.S.B.M.
Sophie Manulak, President UCWLC Winnipeg Archeparchy
July 2017 Updates
This past June, five of the girls graduated from University and received diplomas. Another four will be continuing their University studies this year also on the path to graduate.
"This has been a great achievement for us all - our girls and us Sisters! Most of the girls come to our Home with the preconceived notion that they are incapable of great things, and are unimportant. While staying in our Home, many come to recognize their potential. The girls grow in all aspects of life, findig their true dignity and learning to make wise decicions in their lives. It is a great joy for us! This is a very important goal in our Home"
Home of Hope Breakfast Event 2016
The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada felt a connection to the Home of Hope and in 2014 decided to host the first Home of Hope Breakfast Fundraiser.
Over the past three years the Breakfast has raised more than $60,000 in partnership with the Lubov SSMI Foundation.
This year’s Breakfast raised over $15,000 and counting.
Thank you to all of the many supporters who came out to the Home of Hope Fundraising Breakfast, this year and previous years.