The solid door opens to a place of warmth and welcome for young women between the ages of 16 and 30 who find themselves on the street for a variety of reasons. Naomi House in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a part of Stella’s Circle, is the former home of the founder and namesake of social worker Stella Burry.
A large portrait of Burry looks on as the women eat together around the large oak table. Burry worked with The United Church of Canada to introduce community development to the people of St. John’s in the 1930s, and her legacy is still making a difference today.
The staff of Naomi House offer emergency help, housing, and employment support to young women. The rooms the women stay in are simply furnished, yet there is a sense of comfort and safety here. Sitting in the dining room, the chatter and laughter of the two young women who are preparing the afternoon meal fills the hallways.
Naomi House has been mending the lives of young women for decades.
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