Simon’s House is a home for orphan boys who have aged out of state-run facilities and are at risk to slavery in construction and work camps in former Soviet nations.
While living at Simon's House, the boys complete their education, learn life skills, and grow in an environment that changes their mindset from “I am just an orphan” to “I am worthy of being loved.”
Many of the boys are relatives of the girls at Stella’s House. They use their gifts and talents to contribute to the upkeep of the home, and they often spend their weekends mentoring other orphans at both state-run facilities and at our children's home, Providence House.
The vision for Stella’s Voice began at the fall of communism, when the media was first allowed into Eastern Europe and began showing the dire conditions of the state-run orphan homes. In response to the desperate need, our teams started taking aid to these homes.
When we reached Moldova, the director of the first home we visited asked us, “Have you ever seen a baby freeze to death?” By mid-December, 16 children had frozen to death in their beds. Stella's Voice began working to see that no child ever froze in that home again.
We also watched young people age out of orphan homes and get put out on the streets. One in particular—Stella—was exploited by human traffickers, sold, and eventually died from AIDS at 19 years old.
The year was 1996, and the mission of Stella's Voice was birthed.