Salvatorian Sister Sheila Novak, SDS joins a new women’s ministry as executive director of Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento, Calif. Sr. Sheila picks up where Sister Judy Illig, IBVM leaves off after 14 years as director.
Wellspring is a daytime drop-in center that serves more than 200 women and children daily in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. Its four core programs are the Nutritious Meal Program, Women’s Wellness, Children’s Corner and Safety Net Services. Wellspring extends “hospitality with dignity and love,” to provide respite and fill a variety of vital needs that range from diapers to bus passes or a hug and a cup of coffee.
Wellspring’s mission to nurture the innate goodness and self-esteem of women and their children dovetails with Sr. Sheila’s passion for the plight of women. She has dedicated more than 20 years serving among women, and feels blessed with this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women in need.
“Wellspring is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year,” Sr. Sheila says. “It was started by two Sisters whose hearts were moved by homeless and hungry women. I embrace this new ministry as a trust passed on to me.”
Most recently, Sr. Sheila served as co-director at SDS Hope House, a transitional home for survivors of human trafficking in southern California. Early in 2016, Sisters of the Divine Savior transferred sponsorship of Hope House to the non-profit organization, Alabaster Jar Project.
Learn more about Sr. Sheila’s new place of ministry at wellspringwomen.org