"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

  • 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

  • The Gift of God’s Love …by Aimee Pryor

    Christmas has arrived at Harvest Home! Walking through the building you will see a Christmas tree in almost every room. Decorations are up and bring out that childlike wonder of excitement and joy that come with the Christmas holiday. You should see the children gazing at the trees and lights! They light up with joy! Christmas can be a joyous time for many families, however for the women and children staying at Harvest Home it can be difficult. Yet they know that for this season in their lives God has brought them here for a purpose to receive the help they need to restore what they have lost. As staff, we aim to make Christmas as enjoyable and comforting as … Read More

  • The Heart of a Child …by Mike Solosky

    About a month ago I was contacted by the mother of an 11 year old girl who attends a local suburban middle school. The mother told me that her daughter came up with the idea to collect blue jeans for Haven of Rest. Apparently the mother had asked her daughter to clean some things out of her closet and her daughter came up with this idea. Mom asked if we needed blue jeans and I said yes since we give clothing away to about 1,400 people every month. At my suggestion the mother, daughter and a few friends from her girl scout troop came in for a tour on a Saturday morning so they could find out about Haven of … Read More

  • Never Too Far Gone …by Jacob Anderson

    A favorite passage of mine in the Bible is the Parable of the Lost Son (Also known as the Prodigal son). This story, found in Luke 15:11-31, is one of the many parables Jesus gave to the Pharisees. In the story, Jesus talks about a father and his two sons. The younger son wanted his promised inheritance early from his father. The father agreed with him and gave him his portion of the inheritance. Just a few days later, the younger son packed his belongings and moved away. While away, the younger son blew his money living a sinful lifestyle. He was focused only on himself and his desires. It did not take long for him to completely run out … Read More

  • Cleansed by Christ …by Kelly Whittington

    After a recent trip to the mechanic to have many repairs done on my car, I began to think about the verse in Isaiah that talks about “our righteousness as filthy rags.” But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6 Oily, greasy and dirty rags lying around are a common sight in a mechanic’s garage.  These rags filled with dirt serve no purpose in the garage while dirty. They are too filthy to be useful, but once the mechanic picks them up and cleans them, they are given new purpose. It is … Read More

  • The Power of Listening …by Matt Pryor

    Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is just listen to them. In a world that is always quick to give opinions, offer advice, make judgments, and state preferences, the thought of just listening to someone can seem unfruitful. The pull to offer solutions and solve problems can be great. But as we gradually slow down and truly start to listen to the person, we find our compassion starts to grow for them. We no longer treat them as a project that needs fixed, but an individual who needs help. While Haven of Rest has many great programs and services to offer, all of this would be meaningless without a staff that strives to have a compassionate heart … Read More