Loving Vulnerable Families Through Safe Harbor

Posted by Courtney Nappo on February 23, 2018  /   Posted in Family Support, Safe Harbor

I’ve always loved the month of February. It is a month that seems to bring a little warmth and comfort as winter trudges on and many of us are trying to recoup from the post-holiday blues. After all, February is the month of LOVE! The stores are filled with heart laden gifts and cards. Expressions of love are everywhere. It is the month that we openly and unashamedly express our affections for those whom we hold dear, but what about for those whom God holds dear?

Loving Vulnerable Families Through Safe Harbor

How A Young Mother Found Support Through Safe Harbor

Just last week, I sat across the table from a young 19-year-old homeless mother. As I listened to her story, I couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that this precious child of God has spent her entire life just looking for someone to love her. The majority of her childhood was spent being shuffled from foster home to foster home.

On her 18th birthday, she was no longer a ward of the state and she was on her own.  She met a young man whom she thought would give her the love she so longed for, but instead, like so many in her past, he left her with broken promises and a broken heart. She now finds herself alone again, without a place to call home but this time she has a little one depending on her. She is determined that this child, her child, will not know the heartache that she has known and he will always know that he is loved.

She wants desperately to keep her little family intact but she can’t do it alone. How many of us at age 19 could have taken on such a monumental task all alone without any family support? She needs help to get on her feet. Thanks to some wonderful Safe Harbor volunteers who have willingly offered Christ-like love and compassion to this young mother, she can have the support she needs to create a better life for her and her child. The journey will not be easy, but she now has an opportunity to experience love and family for the first time, true love, God’s love.

About Safe Harbor

The Safe Harbor Ministry at OCA is vital to help families in time of crisis and prevent children, such as this little boy, from going into the state system. We need care families to care for the children. We also need care coaches to help the birth mothers and care plan managers to assist the care families and the care coaches.

It takes many members of the body of Christ, showing true love, to change the lives of these vulnerable families. Read our sobering statistics about child abuse in Kentucky here. If you would like to be a part of this ministry or want to know more about Safe Harbor, please contact Lisa Owen, Safe Harbor Ministry Director at lisa.owen@orphancarealliance.org or visit our website.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:16-18

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