Delta Zeta sister Sarah Sever is in the process of founding her own nonprofit called The Dwelling Place: Home of Hope. The purpose of this organization is to aid women facing struggles with pregnancy and homelessness.
“It’s for women who maybe have been involved in domestic abuse or they’ve gotten pregnant and they don’t know where to go,” explained Sever. “It’s just a place of refuge for them.”
Sever explained that her goal is to purchase a three-bedroom home that she can lease to three women at a time. There would be rules for the women to follow during their stay, but Sever says that one benefit to them living there would be to have the other women watch their children for them while they’re away. During this time, the renters could be networking and looking for jobs without having to worry about where they will stay.
Sever said she got the idea for her business model in her entrepreneurship course. She follows the lean startup model, which involves starting a company small and then growing over time.
Sever will graduate in May 2019, and she said that after graduation she plans to focus more on the business side of running her nonprofit. Previously she worked at the nonprofit Source America and she would like to return to learn more about running a nonprofit of her own.
A lot of inspiration for the nonprofit also comes from Sever’s love for women. Her desire for her nonprofit is to be another source of help for women in need, especially women who are pregnant.
“I think a lot of times we say, well you shouldn’t do this, you shouldn’t have abortions, without giving somebody hope. So, this is just something that if women want another option, they can have it,” said Sever.
As a member of the Delta Zeta sisterhood, Sever has had an opportunity to grow her love for women by interacting with over 100 sisters. She says that DZ has given her another love for women along with making connections with people, especially people who are different from her and facing different struggles.
“People are hurting,” she said. “There are other people in this world and they need help.”