Caring for the Charis House
Part 2 – The Women Who Lead With Compassion
In last week’s blog, you learned about the structure of the Charis House program and the important role the House Manager plays in the ministry. Over the next two weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of the women who have taken on this responsibility, how they became involved in the Charis House ministry, the specific duties they administer, and how they manage the emotional highs and lows of such a sensitive job.
Ms. Debbe Jefcoat is the Director of Ladies Recovery Ministries for Ministry Village at Olive and recently marked her 20th anniversary of working full-time with women in addiction recovery. Ms. Debbe works closely with the House Managers as well as with the ladies in the program. She interviews each potential client, gauging their dedication and fit for the Charis House, and stays in close contact during their time throughout the program, providing guidance and oversight. She relies heavily on the women who work as House Managers to provide the day-to-day presence and support that is needed. Currently, there are 3 House Managers working 24-hour shifts in rotation with 4 days on and 3 days off. A 4th House Manager is in training and will begin this Fall. This addition will provide more coverage for the ladies and relieve many of the transportation conflicts they currently juggle. Each House Manager has specific areas of responsibility, but they work in tandem to ensure that all the needs of the women in the program are met.
Ms. V.* worked with the Waterfront Women’s Recovery Center from 1993 until it closed in early 2016. Originally from Evergreen, Alabama, she has called Pensacola home since 1983 and has 3 children and a precious granddaughter. She has worked at the Charis House for 3 years and oversees the day-to-day activities of the clients, coordinating their individual appointments and transporting them as needed each week. She also oversees and dispenses any medications clients are prescribed, including ordering and picking up prescriptions as needed. The weekly housekeeping schedules, food inventory and grocery shopping also fall under Ms. V.’s duties, which can be a challenge with as many as 15 busy women sharing 2 homes. She finds the most challenging aspect of the job to be dealing with clients who have a rebellious nature. “When they give us a hard time, our job becomes tough. But when we get a great client, build a strong relationship with them and see growth, it’s the most rewarding part of the job.” She loves helping others, making a positive difference and seeing how the lives can be changed. “There’s always hope for the hurting.”
In next week’s blog, you’ll meet our other House Managers and learn what’s in store for the Charis House ministry.
*Due to the sensitive nature of their work and the privacy we provide for our clients to heal, names have been withheld.
💲To donate to the Charis House or any Ministry Village program, click here.
🏡Phase 3 of the Charis House – The Esther House – opened in June 2019 and currently has 3 full-time residents. They are in need of several household items. The Esther House has created an Amazon Wish List, where you can choose needed items, purchase through Amazon and everything will be shipped directly to Ministry Village. To shop through the Esther House wish list, click here.
🙏If you prefer to donate in a more traditional way, Walmart gift cards are always a blessing to the Charis House and the Esther House. Gift cards are used to purchase necessities like towels, toiletries and other household items. Please send gift cards to Ministry Village at Olive, Attention: Ms. Debbe Jefcoat, 1716 E. Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514.