Recently, the girls at Project Home Indy were given the opportunity to have dinner with best-selling author and creator of Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton.
PHI staff members, Glennon, her mother, Tisha, Momastery guru Amy Olrick, and the residents of PHI shared hugs and got acquainted. As the night went on, they all ended up having deep conversations about motherhood and life in a large circle in the living room.
There were smiles. There were tears. Past experiences were shared. Babies were held. Fears were spoken. Hopes and dreams for the future were said aloud.
It was a safe circle, without judgment or guilt. It was simply a room of women of all ages, listening and encouraging one another.
Glennon was in town for Project Home Indy’s largest fundraiser of the year. She came to speak at the event after PHI Executive Director, Sarah Nielsen, explained that she would be a perfect addition to the event, but that PHI runs “on a shoestring,” and wasn’t able to pay her normal speaking fees.
Glennon not only said yes, she would come. She also paid her own way, so that every penny could continue to go to creating a safe place for our residents and their babies, and solid foundation for their future.
The day after dinner with our gracious house guests, at the PHI Boutique and Brunch, Glennon shared a bit of her experience from the night before.
She described the residents of PHI as honest, brave, hard workers, kind, strong, and wise. Glennon spoke of the bond she could see between the girls, the way they are willing to help each other, and to be kind to each other.
Glennon had even remarked that having a husband to help raise a child was good. But having a group of women who understand what you’re going through and are willing to support you might be better.
That is sort of the goal we have at PHI…to be the best support for our girls that we possibly can. To see them for whom they are, celebrate even their smallest victories, and support them even on their darkest days. We aim to not allow our girls and their babies be statistics, but instead to allow them to become successful, independent women.
The girls were honored to see their hard work be recognized and praised.
The PHI staff was honored that Glennon was able to share her experience at PHI for others to be able hear about and see for themselves how strong and brave these young women are.
Thanks to you, our dedicated and generous PHI supporters, along with the generosity of Glennon, over $40,000 was raised for PHI at this event.
If you are interested in being involved in future events, or volunteering your time or talent at PHI, please contact us.