In the summer of 2021, anticipating the return to life as we once knew it, Lydia’s House is excited to be rolling out the Dorothy Day Fellowship Program for women of faith who desire to live in community and share life with families experiencing homelessness. This program was previously known as the Associates Program and was a live-in position at our shelter. The new program will offer private living space, more complex compensation, educational options and more opportunities for growth. It’s the result of many conversations around how to mentor younger women into leadership and increase the length of time from a 12-month to a 24-month commitment.
The program will include up to four positions:
- Maternal and Family Health Fellow
- Early Childhood Education Fellow
- Community Ministry Fellow
- Non-Profit Leadership Fellow
Each position will include mentoring in the work of Lydia’s House and in the fight against family poverty and homelessness, as well as sharing in the work of maintaining and staffing the shelter. While not required, fellows can also attend classes at nearby Xavier University to work towards a masters degree or professional certificate.
The duration of each position is 24 months. Compensation includes:
- A monthly living stipend
- Wellness funding for counseling, spiritual direction, and retreats
- Connection to the larger Catholic Worker and Christian social justice movement through gatherings and shared experiences
- Community meals
- Communal prayer times and structures for accountability and growth
- Professional development funding and opportunities for learning, including training and development in anti-racism
- Health Insurance via Ohio Medicaid
- Housing and utilities in our volunteer house, the Jean Donovan House (across the street from our shelter)
- A program grant to create and implement new programming
- A $6000 education grant toward past school related debt or toward classes taken while working at Lydia’s House
Each living space can accommodate a single woman or a married couple. The positions are full time and require night and weekend work. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted between now and April 15, for a June start. You can complete the application here.
Questions? Email Maryellen@stlydiashouse.org
Reflections From Former Live-In Advocates:
“Lydia’s House was an incubator of knowledge and wisdom in my life…. I loved learning people’s stories with depth and complexity and seeing the progress as they worked on things and grew. I watched their growth and also noticed growth within myself as I was able to take time to work on myself.” – Stephanie
“Lydia’s House has become a family to me over the past year. A place where women support women to be our authentic selves, to heal, to set and achieve goals, and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves – a real community…. Life here is chaotic, full and beautiful.” – Elisa
“I came to Lydia’s House after working at an emergency overnight shelter for a year. At the shelter, I sat behind a physical and metaphorical desk and created many barriers between myself and the people I ‘served.’ At Lydia’s House, I learned the incredible, soul-healing value of breaking down that wall. I learned how a community serves itself and each member of it’s extended family, creating something holy and radical, rather than a business transaction. Weeding and scrubbing side-by-side reoriented my former ideas of status, slowly chipping away at my false internalized notions of what makes a person valuable (spoiler alert: we all are). The time I spent investing in home and love as a live-in advocate continues to guide my actions, reminds me why I continue to build relationships with those I once would have built a wall around, and why I fight for justice so that we have a society that doesn’t build walls at all.” – Rachel