This past May, Saint Louise House’s founding executive director Sharon Bieser announced her retirement and induction to the organization’s Board of Directors, of which she plans to be an active member. In 2000, Sharon and a small group of parishioners, led by Sr. Sharon Groetsch, D.C. from Saint Austin Catholic Church, started Saint Louise House upon recognizing a dire need for housing and help for homeless, women-led families. Since then, Saint Louise House has grown from five apartments to two 24-unit apartment complexes and the currently ability to serve 34 families. During this period, 144 families and nearly 300 children have lived at Saint Louise House, while receiving the support needed to move towards safe, stable, and self-sufficient living.
To honor Sharon’s service, Saint Louise House’s Board of Directors recently developed an award titled the “Sister Sharon Groetsch, DC ‘See the Need’ Award.” The award recognizes inspirational service, diligence, humility and courage, modeled after the Saints Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton. It is the Board’s hope to commemorate Sharon’s service while inspiring future leaders to step into service as humbly and whole-heartedly as she has.