"I came to the Mission on my own, and I'm so glad I did…I've been able to get away from the temptations that have really hurt me. I have a better perspective on my life and what God wants for me." - Joe, Haven of Rest resident

  • The Sabbath

    As summer gets underway, the Mission gets ready for all of the activities that follow. But as the busyness increases, we need to remember to take time out to rest, relax and be renewed by the Creator. Here are just a few quotes to help point us in the right direction: “Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.” –Walter Brueggemann “The command is “Do no work.” Just make space. Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don’t have to DO to BE. … Read More

  • The Comfort of Jesus

    Life often comes at us quickly and unexpectedly. The same is true for our guests. It is good for me to stop and remember some of the words I heard sung as a child in church. 1. What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. 2. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus … Read More

  • The Attitude Is Gratitude

    During Holy Week, I witnessed some people who unknowingly were teaching me life lessons. They were amazing and I will never forget them. A married, middle aged, couple, came in and made a significant donation to help the poor and needy here at Haven of Rest. Despite what must be overwhelming medical bills due to their own health challenges, they chose to make a substantial financial donation. These are not wealthy people. They just felt led by God to make the donation. What an awesome witness! There was no feeling sorry for them. They just wanted to give where their money would make a difference for people who are really hurting. They were other oriented not self centered. Then I … Read More

  • Overcoming Barriers

    The Future Story Job Training Program works with women who have barriers to employment. These barriers could be a variety of things such as transportation, child care, lack of experience and opportunity, or even lack of confidence. Recently we set up our tables at the Hower House Artisan Fair in downtown Akron to display items the women and volunteers have made. It was a great opportunity and a great show! Volunteers contribute by helping teach sewing skills and also by making items to donate to the program and the Future Story shop in Hartville. Women who are creative entrepreneurs and volunteers talked with customers, explained their products, and shared about the program. For some women, it was their first time … Read More

  • Truly Valued

    “We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.” -Thomas Merton   The quote above rings with truth. We live in a culture where people are merely valued for what they can “do” for others. The value of a person seems to be based on their productivity or how they can be used to accomplish the end result of another person’s agenda. When we sit with this harsh reality and see how in each one of our daily lives we perpetrate this act on others, we find ourselves … Read More

  • The Warmth of the Gospel

    It has been a harsh winter. The cold and snow has all of us dreaming of sunny days and warm breezes! Working in a shelter for women often brings the harsh reality of the cold to mind. Sometimes the heat had been turned off in the place they were staying. Other times they found themselves no longer able to depend on family and friends for shelter. Harvest Home is warm at all times inside! The heat is kept comfortable and the women and children are able to enjoy a safe, warm place to stay despite the frigid temperatures outside. Many of the women I talk to are grateful that they have a place to stay that keeps their family warm … Read More

  • God’s Love

    Here at Haven of Rest, we believe it is our call to be a glimpse of God’s love. So many of the guests that come to Haven of Rest have burdens, hardships, addiction issues and an overall feeling of separateness and alienation. As a staff it is our joy to show the love of Christ to these guests. When I think of our call here at the Mission, I’m reminded of a quote: “Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that … Read More

  • Gratefulness

    It’s always encouraging in the New Year to hear how Haven of Rest is impacting the lives of the resident men. I wanted to share a few words from one of the men , we’ll call him T, that wrote me after our annual Christmas party. “It was the first time in 5 years that I received an actual present from someone. I am very thankful for the gifts, food, and feeling the season in my heart for the first time in a long while, but I am blessed that I received the best gift anyone could ever receive; I’ve been saved…Christ’s blood shed for me. I don’t have any family left, and what friends I did have won’t come … Read More