"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

  • Harvest Home…by Hannah Rodgers

    The Marjorie Ruth Thomas Harvest Home is one of the great and unique ways God has used Haven of Rest to reach those in need of physical and spiritual relief. Harvest Home was constructed in 1979 in response to the drastic increase in female homelessness. When Harvest Home was first built it quickly became one of the community’s most important assets because it was one of the first shelters tailored for women and their children in this area. In March 1985 Harvest Home was set ablaze by an arsonist. The fire did extensive damage to the basement but even through the renovations the Mission found ways to help any woman who came seeking assistance. Harvest Home has specialized programs that … Read More

  • Speaking Up…by Hannah Rodgers

    Last week I had a friend who lost her voice due to a cold. It was very hard for her to communicate her needs to her family and friends. She tried writing everything down, but that took too long. She tried making hand signs and arm motions to get her point across, but the signs were easily misinterpreted and she felt like everyone was laughing at her. Finally, she resigned to communicating as little as possible and doing everything for herself. This got me thinking about what it feels like when we try to communicate with people and the connections just aren’t happening. This miscommunication can happen at any time but is especially frustrating when we are trying to share … Read More

  • A Time For All Things…by Hannah Rodgers

    A Time For All Things As we fight off the bitter cold and scrape endless layers of ice off the windows of our cars it’s hard to rejoice to the Lord and sing his praises. It is much easier to rejoice with our toes in the sand on a sunny day with a slight breeze through our hair. Though we may not feel like jumping and shouting as we bundle up against the biting winter wind it is important to remember that God has created this time of year for a reason. Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a time for everything: “For everything there is a season, and a time for everything under heaven.” In northeast Ohio we may … Read More

  • Abounding Love…by Matt Pryor

    What is great about the love of God is that it works in the complete opposite to the way we think! We tend to think that we have to have it “all together” before we come to God. The great reversal of God is that God loves you in spite of your failings and sin. Here are Haven of Rest we want the many men, women and children who come to the Mission to know that they are deeply loved by God. This can be hard to accept if your whole life you have been told that you are not worthy or good enough to be loved. But through the staff’s words and actions we hope to reverse the negative … Read More

  • The Resilience of Children…by Rachel Shoff

    What has struck me watching the children that live at the Harvest Home currently and those that have stayed at Harvest Home since I began working as Child Advocate, is that finding that “fresh start” can be very difficult.  Children are so resilient, and even in the darkest days, kids have the ability to step away from their grief for a time to play and to be a kid.  But despite this God-given ability to retain their sense of youth, some of the kids who come to Harvest Home have deeply troubled hearts stemming from mistreatment, uncertainty, adult-like responsibility, and fear. In the last week, we had two children from two separate families spend time in a psychiatric unit because … Read More

  • Thanks! …by Katrina Henry

    There are days when you get a word of “Thanks” and you know that you are in the right place at the right time of your life.  During the holiday season I experienced several days like that. Christmas time can be difficult for families who are going through personal and financial challenges. It can bring up past memories or be a reminder of current situations. It’s amazing how opportunities arises to pray with someone. Here are two of many stories that demonstrates how God used me during the holiday season. A young lady came to sign up for Christmas Help. As we began to talk, I could see that she wanted to know much more about Jesus. Curiously, she asked … Read More

  • God’s Love … by Matt Pryor

    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

  • The Great Comforter …by Jim Cole

    A few weeks ago an old friend of mine passed away from a terminal hereditary disease. Another friend suffered a miscarriage. The sense of loss and sadness is heavy and at times overwhelming. Words tend to fail us when we seek to provide comfort. Often just being there and available is the best we have to offer. 2 Corinthians 1:4 “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” In ways we will likely never fully understand, God can redeem the deep heartaches of life and bring about something beautiful. For many we minister to at Haven of Rest, … Read More