Fighting Poverty with Passion
2 years have come and gone since Eden House opened its doors to its first resident, and now our senior resident, Christina, will be transitioning out of the program to living on her own at the beginning of April. Like with any move, this means that she has saved enough to pay the security deposit, first month’s rent, utilities, etc. We have worked with her to create budgets to make sure all of her expenses will be covered and as part of Eden House’s matching program, we will be matching the amount the she has saved, dollar for dollar. The community has already shown so much generosity by offering to donate all of the furniture and house items she needs to make her first home truly homey.
Christina first spoke publicly at Eden House’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser, but will speak again to over 200 people at the Journal of Race, Gender, and Poverty’s Sixth Annual Symposium about her personal experiences working in the sex industry. The Symposium will be held at Southern University’s Law Clinic in Baton Rouge on Friday, March 27th at 2:15 pm.
It has been truly inspiring to watch Christina transform over the course of her time at Eden House and it is so exciting to watch her blossom as a leader in the Eden House community as well as the greater community in New Orleans and Louisiana. Her bravery to share her story with others in order to educate the public about commercial sexual exploitation is remarkable.
In mid April, staff, volunteers, and community partners will gather together to celebrate her graduation from the Eden House program. Even though Christina will have graduated from the program, she will still very much be a member of the community. With her apartment being nearby Eden House, she will be able to join for evening AA/NA meetings, can come and spend time with the residents whenever she would like, and will hopefully speak at future Eden House events.