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"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

  • Move No More…by Hannah Rodgers

    Many of the people who come to Haven of Rest are here for food, shelter, and other vital services. Their lives have played out in a way that has left them with few alternatives. Often they have to move around a lot; whether that means living from couch to couch in the homes of friends and family, shelter to shelter, or park bench to park bench. They often do not have the comfort of coming home when the day is done and settling down for the night in a place of their own. It can be increasingly difficult for them to plan ahead or even think about life goals and aspirations. The constant uncertainty of needing a safe place to … Read More

  • 2016 Global Youth Service Day Volunteer of the Year…by Hannah Rodgers

    Lori Morgan (Assistant Volunteer Coordinator), Nathan,  Rachel Shoff (Child Advocate)   God has blessed Haven of Rest with thousands of volunteers through the years. Each volunteer comes with their own gifts and talents and our Volunteer Department does their best to match every volunteer to an area of the Mission where they will be able to serve best and have fun. For one of our young volunteers, Nathan, this was in the Nurture Center at Harvest Home. When Nathan has breaks from school, in the summer for example, he spends his time volunteering with Haven of Rest’s Child Advocate. “He assists in providing childcare, supervising on field trips, sanitizing and cleaning the play room, and playing games with the children who … Read More

  • Zacchaeus…by Hannah Rodgers

    In Luke 19 there is a story about Jesus’ encounter with a man named Zacchaeus. Many Christians are familiar with the story that goes like this: Jesus is riding into Jericho and people are lined up and down the street to see Him pass. Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, wants to see Jesus but he is too short to see over the crowd so he climbs up a tree in order to see Him walk by. Jesus looks up and sees Zacchaeus and He asks him to come down because He must dine with Zacchaeus at his house. This causes a stir of unrest in the crowd. The crowd doesn’t understand why Jesus would choose to eat with a chief … Read More

  • National Volunteer Month…by Hannah Rodgers

    As we reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, we are reminded that He is the greatest servant of all. Because of His great sacrifice for us, we can serve those in need in His name. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many,” says Mark 10:45. In April, Haven of Rest celebrates National Volunteer Month. We are so very grateful for the selflessness and generosity of our dedicated volunteers who graciously donate their time, talents, and treasures at the Mission. Last year 5,756 volunteers donated 46,144 hours of service to the Mission in a variety of ways. We … Read More

  • Seeds of the Gospel…by Hannah Rodgers

    When men, women and children walk into Haven of Rest for the first time it is difficult to know what services and programs they will need. Most need something to eat, some want somewhere to shower, others are looking for a warm and dry place to pass the night, some require all of the above, and even more need other services we provide. But, no matter what each person is looking for, they also receive the Good News of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Haven of Rest does not expect that everyone is a believer when they come to the Mission or even that they will accept Christ as their Lord and Savior during their stay. We do pray, … Read More

  • Scars…by Hannah Rodgers

    Jesus has the power to heal all the wounds that are inflicted upon us, both physical and emotional. There is nothing He cannot heal; He took the sting of death away, just as He said He would. There is one thing He intentionally does not heal, though He could: scars. Scars paint a clear picture of our past. Some people have physical scars from accidents, surgeries, or abuse, but other scars we cannot see like those left on the heart from hurtful words, lost loved ones, or abandonment. Scars are not viewed as a glamorous addition to our bodies; many people try to cover them up as best they can and are embarrassed if they show. Even though society says … Read More

  • He Gives and Takes Away…by Hannah Rodgers

    Prayer is powerful; as Christians we can attest to that. As we read through the Bible we see again and again how God answered prayers of hurting hearts or was praised for the wonderful things He was doing in the lives of His followers. In 1 Samuel we find Hannah, a woman who could not bear children, cry out to the Lord and ask Him for a child. The Lord heard her cries and blessed her with a son, Samuel. To thank God for His blessing, after Samuel was weaned, Hannah gave him “to the house of the Lord” so he would grow up and become a prophet for the Lord of mercy. Samuel did grow up to be a … Read More

  • AfterCare and Alumni Programs…by Hannah Rodgers

    Before struggling men, women and children walk through the doors at Haven of Rest it can be hard for them to think too far into the future; it’s almost impossible to plan ahead in life when you’re unsure where your next meal will come from or if there will be a safe place to sleep that night. Haven of Rest helps these individuals meet their immediate needs and gives them the chance to look towards the future. The Mission encourages individuals to continue their education, look for a job, find an apartment, and surround themselves with positive influences and role models. As men, women and children become confident in their skills and begin their lives outside the Mission, however, it … Read More