Oprah, Elaine Griffin and St. Helena's residents

Credits: photographs by Michel Arnaud

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Oprah hears O at Home staffers rhapsodizing over St. Helena's and decides to see the place for herself. One of her favorite sayings, she tells the girls, is from the poet Emily Dickinson: "I dwell in Possibility." Oprah looks at the girls, then the room, and back at the girls. "What I see here is not just goodness," she says, "it's possibility."

Underneath the welcoming arms of Oprah, a few of St. Helena's residents settle into their new digs. Front row, from left: Latoya Davy and Monica X. Thompson. On couch: Ashley Diggs, Danielle Jones, designer Elaine Griffin, Katherine Dundon and Jessica Joseph.

Just before Oprah leaves, she gives her seal of approval. "This room is to die for," she says. "The old furniture was a little blocky, but now it's a real living room, a beautiful space where you can live and enjoy and experience and be."

Sofas, nesting tables, and lamps from Hold Everything; coffee table from West Elm; and paintings above the sofa by Sean Cavanaugh.
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