Purpose Driven: Lotus House
The Lotus House Women’s Shelter was established in 2006 to serve homeless women in Overtown, Miami. It was the first initiative of the Sundari Foundation, a non-denominational, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of poor, disadvantaged and homeless women, youth and children.
Utilizing an innovative, trauma-informed, holistic format, Lotus House provides shelter and multi-faceted, comprehensive supportive services, including access to medical and mental health care, parenting education, counseling and parent/child therapy, life skills and educational advancement, job readiness training, and a host of enrichment activities from art and acupuncture to yoga and meditation offering alternative pathways to healing.
The shelter houses over 250 women and children on a daily basis, 680 annually. Families are permitted to live free up to a year, giving them the time and tools needed to heal, improve the quality of their lives, achieve greater self-sufficiency, and transition to new homes.
Lotus House addresses the special needs of homeless women, youth and children to help break the cycle of childhood abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Residents are given the sanctuary, support, education and resources they need to heal, grow, and blossom into who they were truly meant to be.
The Aura Cacia Positive Change Program, which is funded with every purchase of an Aura Cacia product, donated $40,000 to Lotus House's Professional and Life Skills Center as a part of our 2017 Positive Change Project donations.
The Center is housed in the Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique This store serves as the donations center that provides the women and children with basic clothing and household goods and furniture for their new homes when they transition from Lotus House. What isn't needed is sold in the store and online to fund programs. The store is also a “working classroom” to help build skills, work experience, professional references and a “nest egg” to prepare the women to leave Lotus House and start their new lives.
The Professional and Life Skills Center offers meaningful educational programs to provide the women and youth the shelter serves with access to the tools and resources they need to secure gainful full or part-time employment and become economically independent.
Aura Cacia is happy to support the opportunity Lotus House offers women and young people experiencing homelessness to build better lives for themselves.