St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, a recovery home for women and children in the Woodlawn community, has already sold more than 400 tickets to the Monday, July 31 White Sox-Blue Jays game at Guaranteed Rate field.
That’s not all: some women who are alumnae of the shelter’s residential programs will be singing the national anthem to start the game. Members of the Harmony, Hope & Healing Ensemble who previously lived at St. Martin’s House of Hope will join in singing the national anthem July 31.
“I’m a Catholic first, but a White Sox fan second,” says Sister Therese O’Sullivan, IBVM, who helped to co-found St. Martin de Porres House of Hope in 1983 and planned the first “Night of Hope” fundraiser in 2014.
St. Martin de Porres House of Hope’s mission is to provide a safe and healing community for women and their children to recover from substance abuse, trauma, and mental illness. Harmony, Hope & Healing’s mission is to create a safe environment where vulnerable individuals and families heal and rebuild through the restorative power of music.
House of Hope alumnae who will sing with the Harmony, Hope & Healing Ensemble include Amanda Longe’-Asqué, who came to the shelter in 2006 and now works there as a recovery coach while studying to get certified as an addiction counselor.
“When I grew up people told me they couldn’t stand the sound of my voice,” Asqué says. “I silenced myself, but now I honor my voice, my own authentic self.”
St. Martin de Porres House of Hope is selling tickets for the Monday, July 31 White Sox-Blue Jays game for $24 via Eventbrite, http://bit.ly/nightofhope17.