Sister Sheila Novak, SDS, DS ’58
Sister Sheila Novak, SDS, DS ’58, has always had a passion to improve the lives of women—and once she discovered the widespread nature of human trafficking in the United States, she found her mission. She operated Hope House in southern California, which accompanies women who have escaped or have been rescued from imprisonment. She assisted them on their journey of self-growth, renewed self-esteem, and healthy self-reliance. Sister Sheila is also a member of the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking, working alongside the Catholic community to address the needs of victims, raise awareness about human trafficking, and advocate for anti-trafficking legislation.
Qualities of a DSHA Graduate: She is a self-advocate. She has strong values and beliefs in the evil of human trafficking, and uses her voice to advocate for her values and beliefs for the safety of others.