What Lydia’s House Means to Me 

by Macey McAtee I have been a full time volunteer at Lydia’s House through Mercy Volunteer Corps since August 2021. Through my time and experiences, I have been able to truly frame what this organization means to me. This place? This place is a safe space, both physically and intangibly. Lydia’s House is not only a space, it is people. It is a community. It is consistent support rooted in love and community. We open our doors and arms to women and children that have been through experiences that no person should ever have to endure. We take time and

We’re Hiring!

Office and Leasing Manager (Part-Time) Job Summary: Lydia’s House is seeking a Part-Time Office Manager (10-15 hours per week) to manage accounting, leasing and administrative tasks to support high-quality guest services and affordable housing for families leaving homelessness. Friendly demeanor and strong interpersonal skills are a must. Requirements: Higher education or certification in a related field (business, accounting) required; Preferred 3 years of experience in related position Experience using Quickbooks, or demonstrated ability to learn detailed computer programs Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Access is a plus! Ability to pass a pre-employment background screening Proven attention to

Awkward Social Encounters: A Recommendation

by Meridith Owensby I’ve been thinking about Jesus lately, about how lame and awkward his many shared meals must have been. How excited was Zacchaeus’ family to host the whole roaming band after Jesus announced they were coming to dinner? What did they discuss since their previous encounter had been tree-related? Not exactly the finest meet-cute. Or how about the jostling for position, to sit literally or figuratively on Jesus’ right? How embarrassing to have James and John’s mom show up (their MOM!) and ask for their promotion. You know everyone laughed at them while simultaneously thinking that they were

What We Learned and Lost in The Pandemic: A Lydia’s House retrospective

By Mary Ellen Mitchell, co-director In the past two years many, our guests among them, were sent the mixed message that the highest and best contribution to society was isolation, unless you were an essential worker, at which point it was showing up at work despite an absence of childcare or living wage pay. At Lydia’s House, we filtered through these conflicting messages, worked hard to stay open, juggle our own childcare, and write Covid safety protocols while also attempting to keep abreast of the thousands of situational outbreaks, CDC guideline changes and opinion pieces on best practices. We knew

Windows & Doors in Children’s Literature

Hanna Kahler was a Lydia’s House volunteer a few years back. When she asked if she could share some thoughts on reading to kids and book recommendations for the shelter, we said an emphatic  “yes!” The following are her thoughts, focused on multicultural books, and there’s even a book list at the end if you’d like to donate a book to Lydia’s House. By Hanna Kahler My entire life, I have loved reading books. I have warm memories of waking up early as a preschooler & snuggling on the living room couch with my mom, quietly reading picture books together