NYC woman finds calling leading women’s shelter in Albany

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When Sandra Ruiz arrived in the Capital Region from the Bronx a few years ago, she had a plan to just be grandma and help her daughter raise her five grandkids.

However, she says she saw a great need for ministry. She says God’s plan allowed her to not just help her daughter, but other women she didn’t even know.

Ruiz is the coordinator for overnights at the Capital City Rescue Mission’s Women Shelter.

The eight-bed facility has gone from just a place that provides shelter for women during the colder months – to a place women can stay for 30 days.

Along with shelter and food, Ruiz says the women are also invited to strengthen their spiritual house.
Ruiz says the work isn’t easy, but there are many success stories, and she feels she is making a difference.

Learn more about some of the work she’s doing by watching the video of Elaine Houston’s story.