"I am strong"

Jhea's Story

Lynette Hsu

How SGI Started

by Lynette Hsu, MD

Introduction to SGI

by Nancy Ortberg


Learn more about SGI from the people who founded it and the residents who live in our houses. Discover how you can be instrumental in restoring a life from brokenness and trauma to freedom and healing.


We strive to provide group activities where residents experience renewal and refreshment. Many of the women suffer from feelings of mistrust and fear of developing intimate relationships due to past traumas. Our activities provide the women with opportunities to connect and bond with one another. At SGI we encourage wholeness and balance in life.

  • A Healthy Me

    Dr. Melinda Gill guides our residents through "A Healthy Me" curriculum, created in partnership with the Department of Health in the Philippines. They learn how to take care of their bodies, emotions, and relationships as well as HIV/AIDS education.

  • Weekly Shopping

    Our residents plan the menu, do the cooking, shop for food, and liquidate expenses as part of our life skills curriculum. One resident is assigned with this task each week, and quite often another resident kindly offers her assistance.

  • Learning About Nutrition

    Dr. Elsa Malabar, an expert in food technology, teaches residents about nutrition and diet as part of our life skills curriculum.

  • Time to Give Thanks

    Residents gather to make thank you cards for our generous donors every year. They listen to pop music, tell funny stories, and make a beautiful mess in the office.

  • Ice Cream Social

    There’s always room for ice cream in the SGI houses. Residents gather around the table to enjoy one of their favorite treats.

  • Early Morning Stroll

    Residents take a walk along a hillside during an annual group outing. One woman commented, "I experienced new things in SGI by going to a nice place where I feel loved just like when we go on an outing in the mountains."


“SGI provides for the resident’s needs beyond the material, especially in their emotional healing. We are with them side by side and we support them.” – SGI Social Worker