Our latest newsletter – August 2012
News from S.A.F.E. Family Ministries
It’s been awhile since our last newsletter and so much has happened here since then. We are in the final stages of our new RV Park; we remodeled and upgraded our kitchen; resident’s rooms are being remodeled and we are looking forward to renovating the front porch which is in dire need of help. We have rooms upstairs to renovate so that we may accommodate more girls that need our help and we hope to be able to also work on the grounds.
Graduation is around the corner and the girls are very excited. It’s a new beginning for them. They have learned to cope with their past and learned how to handle their futures. It has been a lot of hard work to get to this point and they have made important choices in their lives while they are here at S.A.F.E. that will affect the rest of their lives. Thanks to your generous support, we at S.A.F.E. are able to keep up the good work that God is guiding us to do for Him. With your continued support we can make changes in many more lives and continue our work.
SAFE Enjoys State Approved Commercial Kitchen
Six months ago we were in dire need of a new refrigerator for our kitchen, we didn’t have the money at that time but we put on a new refrigerator fundraiser. On April 12, 2012 SFM purchased a new commercial three-door refrigerator with the money collected over the previous nine months. In April we were given a newer commercial stove and convection oven by Chehalis West Assisted Living. Tom’s Plumbing of Chehalis donated his time and materials to extend our natural gas lines for the stove and the oven. Chehalis Sheet Metal donated time and material to vent our convection oven. Matt Mitchell donated his time to prepare the ceiling and wall for the external vent. He also relocated our light switches for easier access.
Many hours of labor and donated time and materials have gone into the new commercial kitchen, we have worked very hard to keep the kitchen up to the high standards of the Department of Agriculture and we have succeeded in obtaining high marks at our final inspection.
God blesses us so richly in our lives, sometimes we don’t even ask but as always a good and attentive Father knows what his child needs and He provides.
RV Park Almost Done
On May 25, 2012 we had the PUD out here to install the new power transformer for the new RV Park. Our RV Park will
be available for volunteers & family to use during their time volunteering at SAFE house ministries.
We would like to see everyone come to our Open House on August 18th. This is always a fun time with all the beautiful classic cars on display, great food, great music, door prizes and a yard sale plus
more. We hope to see you here on August 18th starting at 9:00 AM and going until ???
Safe Family Ministries had a birth in 2005, a God-given idea conceived in the hearts of several dedicated Christ followers. It was a response to a very specific need in southwest Washington. A need that we can all sense must be of highest priority for a God who intimately cares about those who have gravitated to the bottom through a series of abuses and poor choices often for no fault of their own but simply due to circumstances that result in a spiral to the bottom. I speak of relationships that leave women abandoned, abused, homeless, addicted and often with children.
SFM’s mission is to provide a loving, safe and redemptive residential environment to help them gain self- respect and confidence, to learn life skills and unlearn unhealthy habits. SFM is motivated by the recognition that a spiritual transformation with dependence upon God is their only hope for any success in this change. Repeated transition through government programs without such change exposes the hopelessness of man- made answers to our current and growing social breakdown.
Dozens of women have entered the SFM program, some have not stayed the entire program lasting one year but there have been many who have been transformed by God’s Grace and have found a direction towards wholeness and leading productive lives. SFM has begun ministering to their children. Our director, Don Moor, often is in court to plead on the behalf of some who would otherwise be sentenced to a harsher facility or lose custody their children.
SFM has operated from the beginning dependent upon contributions by churches and individuals who have been deeply moved by the need for this ministry. Volunteers have donated thousands of hours in time and labor. Recent donations have enabled upgrading of the kitchen to a commercial standard. An R.V. site has been completed for vacationing volunteers. SFM has received several small grants and has recently applied for a major grant which could change the financial picture, but donations and volunteers will always be the main source of the success of SFM.
This past month SFM has retained the services of an on-site Director of House Mothers with the possibility of an additional on-site couple for property management and mentoring. These are dedicated and qualified individuals with a caring heart who are volunteers with partially paid support.
If you share this concern and sense a tug on your heart to help in this ministry please check out the website www.SafeFamilyMinistries.com or call the ministry at (360) 740-9150.
~ Dr. Dave Williams
We want to thank all of our business donors who graciously give to the program so we are able continue our work here. Without your generous donations the continued success of the program would not be possible. Thank you everyone, you are in our prayers. God Bless
[one_half]Sterling Bank, Chehalis
Lowe’s , Longview &Tumwater
Frank Dipola Reality, Centralia
LOVE Inc., Chehalis
Goebel Septic , Tank Service, Centralia
Cascade Mental Health Care, Chehalis Chehalis West, Chehalis
D&J Construction, Toledo
All County Rooter & Repair, Centralia
Colonial Residence Stillwaters, Centralia
Jobin Farms, Scappoose
Lewis County Association of Realtors, Centralia[/one_half][one_half_last]Minuteman Press, Longview
Palmer Lumber, Chehalis
Russell Matching Gifts Program, Princeton, NJ Security State Bank, Chehalis
Sterling Savings Bank, Chehalis
Weyerhaeuser Foundation, Centralia
Tom’s Plumbing, Centralia
Braden Plumbing, Chehalis
Donald Marshall Electrical, Chehalis
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Safe House Ministries
Our mission is to provide transitional housing for women and children and lifestyle training for individuals through- out Southwest Washington. We serve people who have suffered by life choices and circumstances and assist them in rebuilding their lives with dignity and service. We provide these services to qualified and dedicated individuals, without regard to religion or race. 100% of the monies raised goes to support these services that are provided to qualified and dedicated individuals.
We at SAFE Family Ministries will work together in partnership to seek ways to (re) connect women (and families) to a safe and loving community. We assist them through addiction counseling, vocational training, financial and personal management education, to become healthy and productive adults who contribute in a positive way to make our and their world a better place to live.
“Currently we have 7 to 10 eligible people waiting and interest is growing…”
Executive Director Don Moor
Denise Q.’s (arrived May 15, 2012)
I arrived at S.A.F.E. Family Ministries by accident actually. My sister wanted to donate some furniture to Goodwill, and this was the address we were given. When we turned into the drive- way, my jaw just dropped. I said, “This definitely is NOT Goodwill!”
I can’t explain what my first view of the house made me feel like inside – let’s just say I KNEW this was my home. I spoke to the lady at the front door, Ms. Kandi (a volunteer here). She explained that S.A.F.E is a 1 year live-in program for women with a history of abuse or chemical dependency. Some of the ladies have their children with them also. I had been seeking a 6 month or longer program dealing with alcohol following a 3-4 year drunk, with no luck at all. I weighed less than 110# and I’m 5’ 6”. I had quit eating, was just drinking hard alcohol. I was beyond depressed . . . I just wanted to die. I had no reason to continue with life.
I’ve been here for 6 1⁄2 months. I work afternoons in the office and was just qualified by Goodwill’s SCSEP program to be paid wages as well as receive current technology training. I attend 4-6 classes with a Christian base, as well as attend DaySpring Church in Chehalis. We have counselors to help us achieve our goals as well as become women of God. The program is very structured and very strict.
Thanks to S.A.F.E., I am alive and growing like I haven’t been for over 6 years. I owe this program my life as well as my soul. I plan on being here in some way for the rest of my life!
I just thank the Lord he drove me down this driveway.
Jen Jackson (arrived March 23, 2012)
If someone asked me what my relationship with God was like before I got to S.A.F.E., I would’ve said, “I’m a sinner saved” and shrugged my shoulders – never eluding to my deepest fears that I’d never feel God’s presence in my life again, never overcome my addictions, never trust other people again, let alone trust God again, never sing in Church again or play guitar for Him again.
In 1999 my dad got cancer. After a year of surgeries and experimental treatments, it became apparent that my dad would not be healed. I got angry and turned my back on God. I started using (drugs) to cope with my reality. Dad passed on Valentine’s Day 2001. Within two months my grandpa also got cancer and passed away. I was certain at that point, that God was not to be trusted and He obviously couldn’t handle things. I also knew I couldn’t handle things either, so I spent the last 13 years numbing myself with addictions.
God never let me go. God never let me stay comfortable in my sin. He was always drawing me back to Him. God is a God of restoration.
Just a few days after arriving at S.A.F.E., Pastor Don handed me a guitar and said, “See what you can do with this”, or something to that effect. Songs that I hadn’t played or sung in more than a decade started coming back to me. Songs about God’s goodness and love that once made me angry are now healing me.
I’ve opened up to people and am able to feel love – love from God, and from people. In spite of knowing my past and the things I got in trouble for I feel loved and I know I really am a new creation in Christ and have a new beginning. God has restored, forgiven and is growing me more every day, showing me I can trust Him in the little and the big things.
It took coming to the end of myself to find and lean on God again. I am so thankful for S.A.F.E. It is teaching me to apply the truths written in God’s word to my life. I know in my heart of hearts that I am meant to be here and I can truly say I have hope for my future.
Angela Aasen (SAFE Family Ministries 2011 Graduate)
I would like to first and foremost say “thank you” to my heavenly Father for guiding me to SAFE and saving my life. Before I got here, I had no direction in my life and was empty and lost inside.
As a child my parents took me to church so I knew who Jesus was, I just didn’t know how to have a relationship with Him.
At the age of 12 I started using drugs with my friends. I thought if I did them I would fit in. By the time I was 14, I started having sex. I felt like l was ready for a serious relationship. That’s when I met my high school sweetheart and we started using drugs together at the age of 19. Soon after, we were married and ended up having two beautiful children together. At¬ the age of 21 I was introduced to meth and that is when my life really went downhill. My husband and I divorced.
For a couple of years after the divorce the kids lived with me until I got into a really bad relationship and the State became involved: My ex-husband was awarded custody. At that point I really felt hopeless and I blamed God.
I got heavier into drugs thinking if I numbed myself I wouldn’t have to feel the pain or deal with my emotions. It made it worse. I started to disconnect with my friends and family and most importantly my children. There were periods of time that I would go for months without seeing them. I was so depressed.
I had finally had enough! I was lying in my bed one day and I broke down and cried out to God asking Him for help. I asked him for guidance in my life. I asked Him to reveal Himself to me because I didn’t want to live anymore.
I look back now and it is amazing to see how God orchestrated situations in my life and that He can make things happen for the good.
I was Irving in Oregon and came to Washington to visit my children before they started school in September of 2010. While I was up here I found out that my former sister-in-law was in a Christian life transformation facility. That is ‘when the Holy Spirit really started convicting me.
I knew then that I had a chance to change my life and it was an answered prayer. I knew God had heard me.
We ended up dropping her daughter off at SAFE on Saturday for an overnight visit. On Sunday we went to church to pick her up and ‘we stayed for the service. During the alter call I went up front and rededicated my life back to God!!! That was on August 22, 2010.
My former sister-in-law introduced me to Pastor Don and Mrs. Gwen Moor. Ms. Gwen told me that this was the program for me. I remember Pastor Don asking me if I wanted to go back to Oregon to pack up some of my things and I told him. No!!!
I ended up staying at SAFE that day and never looking back. I came here with just a backpack.
God has been ‘Working on my broken heart. He has given me.so much joy and happiness by blessing me! Just by having faith and putting all my trust in him to take care of me. He has provided me with a new beginning. He restored my relationship with my children. I have been blessed ‘With a job and a vehicle and a new family in Christ.
I want to thank all of you that support SAFE Family Ministries. There are so many of you supporters that we don’t even know about, that pray for the girls at SAFE daily. I pray that God pours many blessings down on you…