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Harriet House testimonials

“After a very challenging and lonely year on campus, I moved into the house. I moved to Oregon from California to attend WOU and, if I'm honest, to start a new life. I grew up in the church and saw higher education as a means to escape, it was my ticket to 'freedom' to be & do what I wanted in a place where no one knew me. I started researching looking for alternative housing & stumbled on the Praise website which led me to Harriet House, at first I was super hesitant, but I started an email conversation with Rebecca who was house manager at the time. In a mysterious turn of events, I had to fly out to register for classes in person. I met up with Rebecca & had an interview. When I walked into HH for the first time, it felt warm & welcoming, it felt like home. I flew back & a few weeks later, I found out that all the rooms had been filled, but I was on the list! So fast-forward to the end of my first year, Rebecca called me up & offered me a room, I moved in that June. I was a very broken person, and the wonderful, solid women of Harriet House helped love me back to life & wholeness. The presence of God resides there. I had been spiritually & emotionally running for so long, that I didn't realize how weary my soul was. I had a poignant moment alone in my room (which was aptly the 'Hannah' room- "I rejoice because the Lord has rescued me.") where God 'found' me. I felt the embrace of His grace & forgiveness and comfort wash over me. I felt new. The women of this house & the leadership of Rebecca helped me to walk in this newness & it has forever changed me. I came to the house in hiding, lost and broken- I left the house whole and with my head held high. The friendships I made were super deep and intentional and because of that, they last today. From dance parties in the kitchen, the hiding of Gustav the butler, to the rooftop talks about life, and worship filled house meetings, Harriet House will always hold a special place in my heart because it gave this drifter an anchor for the storms.”
“Being a part of a community like the HH you have so many women from all different walks of life under one roof. Women that God handmade, gifted and made in His very image. Full of life, love, passion and talents. But also women who are indeed flawed sinners, who have a past, who are broken, hurting, and have all sorts of things that can affect how we live and relate with others. Was it always perfect, easy and enjoyable? I will be honest, no, no it wasn’t. We’re there moments of joy, love and memories of course! Moments of doing good, yes! But most certainly moments of shortcomings as well! But that’s the picture of the body of Christ, it’s not always easy, perfect or fun. But it can be hard, painful, uncomfortable, messy and just plain hurtful. I think we lack in our day in age how to walk out relationships within the body of Christ when it gets hard. When conflicts arise, disagreements occur how can we as a body still walk this out in unity, love and full of forgiveness and grace. There were moments we did this well and moments we didn’t. I truly believe that when a pearl is in the process of being made it has to be refined and buffeted! When gold is being made pure it has to go in the fiery furnace. Y’all, that’s NOT fun!! But the good Shepherd knows how hot to keep the furnace and how much we can handle being buffeted. It’s in those very moments of trial and hardship that we are being made more into the image of our Savior. For that I’m forever thankful for! We can’t grow and be made into the pearl or refined as gold without trial, hardship or suffering. So even when it was hard and painful, it was being used for Gods good and Glory. I think living in a house like the HH has been so value able and essential to my growth as a person! To really have learned more about relationships and how to really walk out this messy journey together as a family. There are many of the girls I lived with that I have had the joy of being in their weddings and still apart of their life outside of the HH. I am forever grateful that my deep rooted friendships that didn’t stop when we didn’t live together!”
“I first moved into the house when it was still Casablanca the summer before my sophomore year (and then was part of the transition to becoming Harriet House). I needed a temporary place to live and the girls welcomed me with open arms. The first year I was there, a friend passed away and the girls walked beside me as I grieved. I don’t know what I would have done without my ladies by my side. Living with a bunch of girls is not for the faint of heart but it can also be an amazing blessing. I met the lovely lady that quickly became one of my closest and dearest friends at The Harriet House and I will be forever thankful.”
“I moved to Monmouth for college excited to meet lots of new friends and build those lifelong college friendships you always hear about. Well, my first two years at WOU were the opposite of the fairytale I imagined. I spent a lot of time by myself or in “friendships” that never went beyond the surface level. When I moved into the house I was hopeful that this would give me the college experience I was looking for, but it gave me so much more that I didn’t even know I needed. The room I lived in was called the “Sarah” room and associated with the verse Genesis 21:6- “God has brought me laughter”. My Dad passed away the summer before I started college and those first two years were spent learning what life looked like without him and recognizing how his life and death were a part of God’s plan. I was at peace, but I hadn’t learned how to truly laugh again. The Harriet House threw me into a community of women who knew how to love well and laugh big. Each woman there had a unique way of intentionally pursuing and loving me, bringing joy and laughter. The friendships I made in the house remain some of the truest and deepest friendships I have. Rooftop sunsets, late night porch talks and kitchen dance parties will always hold a special place in my heart. Having the opportunity to live in a community of 15 women who strive to love like Jesus is sometimes messy and always takes effort, but is something beautiful that I will treasure forever.”
“Living at the Harriet House is by far one of the highlights of my life. I moved into the house before the add on, when it was still Casablanca. I moved 6 hours from my small home town into a house with 7 strangers-it was certainly an effective way to learn how to make friends as an adult! Some of the friends I made in the house I am still in contact with today. I did a lot of growing up back then and being surrounded by loving friends who would drop everything to pray with me was exactly what I needed. I learned how to be a good friend, how to be myself, and how to worship God with all the little moments of my life. If husbands and babies were allowed, I would probably still live there. I will always keep Casablanca/Harriet house close to my heart because I wouldnt be the same without it.”
“I remember meeting with Rebecca Chadd after seeing a housing post online, she had just become house mom and she was the first interaction I ever had with the Harriet House. Honestly she was the reason I fell in love with the place, she made me feel like I belonged and the house felt like home almost immediately. I'll never forget the worship that took place at the beginning of the year retreat. It was the first time I got to meet everyone and it was beautiful, you could feel God's presence amongst these girls and you could almost taste his longing to do healing among us all. That year ended up being one of the hardest and most beautiful years of my life. I gained some lifelong friends, and learned some tough life lessons. Isaiah 61:3 became my battle cry as my world turned upside down at the news that I was pregnant. There was a lot to process, a lot of shame, guilt, confusion, love and loss to mourn. But these girls were there for me, they didn't judge me, they celebrated with me and mourned with me. I ending up deciding to drop out of the nursing program that I had gotten accepted into, getting married to my wonderful husband, and having my son who I adore more than I could have ever imagined. The girls at the Harriet House, helped me through so much and I hope that the Harriet House continues to be a place of love and learning and healing and a haven for those that need it.”
“I was truly a mess when I moved into the house. Victoria found me at church. I had recently got out of an abusive relationship, I had spent a entire term of rent money and was going to have to drop out of school, and I was suicidal. Victoria started taking me to the house, I felt safe there. I could hear God for the first time in a long time. My parents offered me a deal. They would pay for my rent for 4 months if I moved into the house. The girls I lived with were passionate and fierce. Every single one. We didn’t always get along of course! So many big personalities, rather incredible woman all under one roof. Even with that they were always forgiving, hardworking, smart women of God and always loved first. Harriet house literally saved my life and school career. The conversations late at night, our group meetings, praying together, ultimately growing together all reworked my brain from being a weak minded loser to being just like those amazing women. While I was there I like to think I made a dent, helped the house the same way they helped me. I created a new chore chart system and pushed/did some of the remodel for the basement area. HH will always have a huge place in my heart. As well as the women I got to meet there. If only they knew how much I call upon those experiences in my life now.”
“I lived at the Harriet House from the end of 2010 to almost half way through 2013. I moved in initially to just live in the house and then shortly after became House Manager, aka House Mom. I loved my time in the HH. It was one of the most humbling and difficult but rewarding seasons of my life. I learned a lot about myself, what it takes to run a house full of sometimes 18 women and A LOT about God's grace and love. I definitely have not mastered it but I learned a lot about depending on God and letting Him lead.   I laughed like crazy with the girls, I cried when we had difficulties to walk through, I fought hard in prayer for them, and I made memories I won't ever forget. I made friends that I cherish, adore, and I try to stay in touch with in all our busy schedules. I was blessed to have lived in the Harriet House. It was an honor to be House Manager, to be there for the women in whatever way I could and to still be a part of the legacy it is creating. There's so much I could share about my time there, from holidays we celebrated together, traditional ones and ones we made up to have fun and share some love, our spontaneous dance parties, prayer and worship nights, Bible studies, movie marathons, learning basic home economics, kitchen talks, consoling through breakups, celebrating good grades and new jobs, boyfriends, marriages, and cheering each other on at graduations! And especially nonstop encouraging each other through every season we went through.   Through all we shared during the years, easy times or more trying ones, I know I am a better woman because of my time with these women and with what God taught us all. Loves and prayers to each of you. I miss you all like crazy and think about you often. Here's to celebrating more memories we have shared and the ones still to come!”
“I lived at the Harriet House from the end of 2010 to almost half way through 2013. I moved in initially to just live in the house and then shortly after became House Manager, aka House Mom. I loved my time in the HH. It was one of the most humbling and difficult but rewarding seasons of my life. I learned a lot about myself, what it takes to run a house full of sometimes 18 women and A LOT about God's grace and love. I definitely have not mastered it but I learned a lot about depending on God and letting Him lead.   I laughed like crazy with the girls, I cried when we had difficulties to walk through, I fought hard in prayer for them, and I made memories I won't ever forget. I made friends that I cherish, adore, and I try to stay in touch with in all our busy schedules. I was blessed to have lived in the Harriet House. It was an honor to be House Manager, to be there for the women in whatever way I could and to still be a part of the legacy it is creating. There's so much I could share about my time there, from holidays we celebrated together, traditional ones and ones we made up to have fun and share some love, our spontaneous dance parties, prayer and worship nights, Bible studies, movie marathons, learning basic home economics, kitchen talks, consoling through breakups, celebrating good grades and new jobs, boyfriends, marriages, and cheering each other on at graduations! And especially nonstop encouraging each other through every season we went through.   Through all we shared during the years, easy times or more trying ones, I know I am a better woman because of my time with these women and with what God taught us all. Loves and prayers to each of you. I miss you all like crazy and think about you often. Here's to celebrating more memories we have shared and the ones still to come!”
“Living at the Harriet house was hands down the most challenging season I've had as a believer in the Lord, but it resulted in the greatest growth of my faith in God. If any of you are a small town girl, you'll understand what I mean when I say I was pretty sheltered from the doctrinal differences of other churches. I knew about them, but never lived with people who shared differing beliefs from me. Living at the Harriet house was challenging because it exposed me to so many differing views about Christianity and the Bible. This was uncomfortable at times, but forced me to take a serious look at my own faith and dig deep into what the bible says. I learned to seek the Lord and His wisdom daily and learned to be okay when my beliefs didn't coincide 100% with someone else. Anytime you get a group of 15+ girls together, you're asking for conflict, but know that conflict isn't always a bad thing. Conflict teaches you to be humble and self-reflective. It teaches you to be strong in your beliefs, but kind in how you respond to people. It helps you grow stronger. If you're willing to grow, you will make life-long friendships here and if you your eyes fixed on Jesus, you'll walk away with a deeper faith too.”
“I am so blessed by my time in the Harriet House. It was one of the best parts of my college experience. I loved getting to know I had a home to come back to each night with people who cared and loved me. I loved having built in friends who had similar interests and goals. BUT most of all I loved that I had a place that was safe for me to grow in my faith as well as grow as a person.  The Harriet House will ALWAYS be my home away from home!”
“Living in the Harriet House was 100% life changing. My faith was in question at the time, I was coming out of a not so good living situation, and I had my own issues I was working through. Relationships quickly formed and I felt so loved. I saw Jesus and His love every day from those girls. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone and it didn’t take long before I saw myself desiring to spend time in the Word and found myself FINALLY beginning to believe and LOVE Jesus.”
“In 2013, the Harriet House was having an Open House and I just so happened to not have practice that Sunday morning (I was a three-season runner for WOU Athletics) so I could go to church. I visited Praise Assembly Church for worship service and was invited nextdoor afterwards. I kid you not, I walked up those steps and my draw dropped. I. HAD. TO. LIVE. THERE. But I had no money. I was almost homeless coming back from a summer of camp counseling and I had just snagged a job at Waremart. Though I knew that I could not afford it then, I told Rebecca (the house mom at the time) that I would live there someday. Someday became the following spring break because it just so happened that the room that I could afford opened up. I was sooooo excited! I lived there until I graduated. The Harriet House became my place of refuge. It was the first Christian home that I ever lived in and it was the home I needed to heal. with godly women opened my Edit I came to the Harriet House heartbroken from betrayal and loneliness but this home filled godly women opened my eyes as a new christian. I love my girls forever and I am forever grateful and blessed by this home. And now I get to have a Christ-centered home of my own!”
“Living in the Harriet House was such an adventure. Some of my fondest college memories were made with the girls I met there. Over 6 years later, they are some of my closest friends. My time there taught me to look at the heart of a person and listen to their story. I began the journey of being who God made me to be, rather than who I thought people wanted me to be.   I learned in that home that I could bond with females and the unique beauty that came from investing in those relationships. I grew in my faith with God as I allowed myself to walk among women with different life stories. I learned how to live in community with people. I became comfortable with life being messy, chaotic but completely beautiful all at once. I found a safe haven, a place of healing and family in the Harriet house. It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
“I’m so thankful for my time at the Harriet House. It wasn’t just a place stay while going to Western Oregon, it was so much more then that. It was a community, it was a dwelling place, and a place to grow my faith with other roommates that had the same desires. I also gained so many rich friendships at the Harriet House, and because of that I am forever grateful for this sweet home in Monmouth and all it gave to me. It’s rare to find such a fun and faithful place to live while going to college! “
“I found the house while coming to visit WOU for a preview day. We were walking around to check out the churches nearby. We saw Praise, and wondered over to see if we could learn more. As we walked past the house, Rebecca Chadd, happened to be out in the front yard. She introduced herself and told us about the house. She took us on a tour right then and there, and I got to meet a couple of the girls. After completing freshman year, it was a dream come true to be offered a room in the house! During my time I grew in many ways. I am most thankful for the relationships I made, the friendships I still treasure, and the beautiful wisdom I was able to soak up from the house moms who were with me at the time. I’m grateful for the opportunities to love others, and the way I was able to receive love, whether it be through intentional conversations, a neck message, leaving treats in sneaky places, or written notes of encouragement. In a weird way, I’m thankful for the routine of laundry days and chores too, because I really think it got me in the swing of maintaining the home I live in now, and taking pride in where I live. Also, I learned that acts of service is such an important love language— and now my husband and I can serve each other through the everyday stuff. Also, I do want to take a quick second to be honest about the tough stuff too— there were definitely times of loneliness in the house, which seems impossible because you have 15 roommates. But with people operating on different schedules and staying busy, sometimes it did feel lonely. If you have experienced this, you’re not the only one. Through it though, I think it really reminded me that— we need Jesus and His company first and foremost and He is the only One who can completely fill us. It is totally ok to be vulnerable, reach out to other girls and ask to hangout when you need a buddy.  Blessings on all the HH girls out there, past, present and future!”