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Focus on Small Business: House of Promise Delivers Hope and Healing

Wednesday, March 7, 2018  
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One night in 2017, Shari Montgomery was at church for what seemed like a normal gathering. However, that particular night was different. Little did Montegomery know, that within an hour or two she would leave that church realizing what she was created to do. A missionary came and spoke about the topic of sex slavery, explaining how girls were sold into sex slavery at the young age of five.

Walking away from church that night, Montgomery knew she wanted to be a part of the solution. She didn’t know what she was going to do or how she was going to do it, but she knew that she was going to do something about it.

Montgomery, a Traverse City native, moved to Lansing with her mother and started working at her mother’s automotive glass company, Pollack Glass Company and ending up purchasing the company from her mother in 1998.

Montgomery enjoys the challenges of running a successful small business. However, that fateful night in 2007 made her understand that there was more that she should be doing in the world, which led to the decision to start the plans for House of Promise.

“I started a board and started moving ahead knowing that I wanted to open a home here in Lansing,” said Montgomery.

Having a dream can seem difficult to achieve if you don’t have a good support team behind you. Montgomery mentioned that she has solid support in her life. Not only does she have a wonderful husband that has always been supportive, she has a good support group of women. These women kept Montgomery going when it felt like she was fighting the hardest.

“My best friend will always pull me back when I am getting discouraged and remind me that this is what I was created to do,” said Montgomery.

Now in 2018, Montgomery’s dreams are coming true. With House of Promise recently opening, 10-12 girls will stay there to heal from the severe sexual abuse and sex trafficking that has impacted their lives.

“We are not a secret,” said Montgomery. “We are here to teach them life skills, help them rebuild their lives, and get their education. Whatever it takes for them to find themselves and what they want to do for the rest of their lives. And when they leave, they aren’t going to be a survivor. They are going to be an overcomer. They are going to thrive.”

Montgomery’s goals don’t stop with House of Promise in Lansing. She wants to expand to have a national home that holds 100 girls. She wants to have a high success rate, but she doesn’t want the success to be hers, she wants it to be the girls’.

“I’m not in this to become someone,” said Montgomery. “I’m here to help girls find their dream. Even is just one girl walks out of her finding her dream that would be amazing.”

With Montgomery’s passionate personality, drive and faith, House of Promise’s journey is sure to be a success.

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