Stories 

The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House serves families and individuals that are in need of a helping hand or fresh start. Every person we've helped has a story. Please enjoy the stories below. It has been an honor serving and making positive impact on many lives in Sioux Falls. 

 
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Meet Vickie.

Vickie had a job, a home, and a husband of nineteen years. But life threw Vickie a curveball when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her husband was told he needed a kidney transplant. “I didn’t expect to experience homelessness. I worked every day of my life… I had a husband, and a home,” Vickie said.

Suddenly, her everyday world was now something different. It was filled with doctor’s visits, medical bills, and chemotherapy.

“Caregivers have it so hard. It’s so hard,” Vickie explained, tears welling, as she explained the monthly mountain of boxes of medication. Vickie, forgoing surgeries for her, cared for her husband who eventually passed away. “Maybe I should have asked for the help I needed sooner,” she said.

Vickie became a resident of the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House and lived here for almost a year. “They were very gracious and helpful,” she said. “I didn’t expect it.” Working with staff, Vickie was able to get back on her feet. Now employed for a year, Vickie has her own apartment, is self-sufficient and she owes it all to Chad and the staff at Bishop Dudley.

The first photo is Vickie during our stay with us, and the second is Vickie just last week when she visited BDHH right after work to show off her new hairstyle.

One of many success stories, Vickie is the reason BDHH does what it does. We understand that life happens, and that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. We work hard to provide a safe environment for men, women, and families to stay temporarily and we work together as a team to help improve the situations of those that want it.