“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)
“I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
…is an outreach mission of the parish that provides transitional housing support services for women with mental health challenges. It is a home in Green Run neighborhood of Virginia Beach where its residents receive shelter, rehabilitation and friendship so they may once again live happy and productive lives.
…receives all referrals and professional support services from the Mental Health/Substance Abuse Division of Supportive Residential Services of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services.
Founded in 1993, and under the compassionate directorship of Sharlotte Cocson, Spirit House has been a quiet ministry serving women in need, preparing them to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The director, who receives continuous training, supervises the daily activities of the residents and parish volunteers. Three residents live at Spirit House at a time, for a period of up to six months each.
Partial financial support for Spirit House comes from the City of Virginia Beach in the form of rent subsidies paid for each resident; from the parish charity budget; from residents with an income who pay a percentage while in residence, and from parishioner contributions. Spirit House also benefits by the Stewardship of many persons in the parish and the community at large who care about the needs of others by giving of their time, talent and treasure.
Testimonies from former residents:
“It is a place of peace and healing.”
“Spirit House saved my life. I was lost, sick, homeless, and broken in spirit when I was taken from an abusive environment and placed at Spirit House. In my broken mind, body and spirit, I was a shattered woman with no hope, no tomorrow – just a fear of all people. I didn’t care what happened to me. I began to see the safety I was in, the clean bed I slept in, the flowers that came in to bloom. How blessed I was to be here in a house of God.”