Serving families in unexpected ways

Posted by Office Admin on November 22, 2017  /   Posted in Advocacy, Safe Harbor

After hearing about the Safe Harbor ministry, Barry and Jodi Gorter, along with their three kids, decided to join our network of Care Families to provide a safe place for vulnerable families and their children, in Louisville.

“Our hearts were just burdened by these children, so we just wanted to step in where we could and help,” Jodi remembers.

Jodi and Barry Gorter became a Care Family in 2017 and their lives have been forever changed.

As a Safe Harbor Care Family, the Gorters have cared for 8 children from 3 families. At first, the Gorters say they weren’t sure how their own children would be impacted by these new additions. But they say it’s been one the best things for their family.

“Our kids love these kids before we get them home. As soon as we get the call, they are instantly in love. The way they are able to love these kids is so pure, and it has been incredible to see how our own children have grown as a result,” Jodi said.

Unlike other ministries and the foster care system, Safe Harbor offers an opportunity to build relationships with mothers and guardians who need tangible and relational support. Which means, our Care Families strive to make every moment count.

“We were drawn to Safe Harbor over other ministries because of the common goal of getting the kids back to their own family. It was also appealing because we had the freedom to continue that relationship even after the kids are back at their own home.” Barry Gorter, Care Family volunteer said.

Safe Harbor allows the body of Christ to give their time, presence, and home to children in need, but the gain is even greater.

The Gorters remember one particular placement that resonated with their family. Her name is Maya*, and she stayed with their family for a few weeks.

“This little girl had such a peace about her the entire time she was with us. She accepted that this was her new situation and received our family with open hands. She was such a joy to have, and our whole family learned from her.” Jodi Gorter, Care Family volunteer said.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Safe Harbor is another way OCA upholds families in our community. When families are in crisis, they are often overwhelmed and afraid. But we can be the peacemakers and the safe places to those who need it most. The heart of Safe Harbor is to be a place of refuge for families in crisis.*name has been changed to protect privacy

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