Small steps add up to big changes for those in need. This winter, Joel Schlessinger donated 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms to Siena/Francis House in Omaha. The balms were passed out to the many men, women and children staying at the shelter.
The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter was founded in 1975 as an emergency overnight shelter for women. Two years later, the organization began an emergency overnight shelter for men several blocks away. In 1994, the two houses were consolidated under one roof, and the shelter began operating an in-house residential addiction recovery program.
Siena/Francis House has expanded to include a continuing education program, an employment training program, supportive apartments for guests with disabilities and a health clinic. The Siena/Francis House mission is to not only provide physical needs to the homeless, like food, clothing and shelter. It extends to “the acceptance and affirmation of the human person, the creation of an atmosphere of hospitality and the provision of purpose and meaning in the lives of people who struggle for survival.”
Joel Schlessinger’s donation helped make a big difference.
Shelter records have been at an all-time high in recent months, with the facility operating at as much as 150% above capacity. Personal care donations have been especially welcome. Joel Schlessinger’s contribution of 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone came just in time for winter, when cold winds and harsh climates often leave skin and lips dry, chapped and painful. Developed by Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel, the balms contain 1% hydrocortisone to soothe dry skin and lips, as well as minor cuts and irritation.
Of the donation, Women’s & Children’s Manager, Patty Cunningham, says, “We’re sleeping about 527 men, women and kids here right now…to us, this is a big thing….little things…make such a big difference to us here at the shelter.” Here is our video that shows the great work that they are doing at the Siena/Francis House!
Siena/Francis House welcomes group and individual volunteers, as well as donations of all kinds. To learn how to donate or volunteer your time at Siena/Francis House, please visit this page.