Want to Help Encourage the Charis House this Holiday Season?
🌟 We Wish You Would 🌟
Would you like to encourage the ladies of the Charis House this holiday season? Ministry Village at Olive is hoping to spark some joy for our ladies during the holidays. When most families are coming together to celebrate the holidays, the Charis House ladies are away from home, and at this time of year it becomes especially hard on their hearts and spirits. You can play a part in providing new bedroom décor at the Charis House, and bringing some cheer at an emotional time of year!
Imagine making choices that have led you down a dark and lonely path. No matter where you look, you don’t feel like you have any options that will really “fix” anything. And you’re too broken, tired, and scared to really care. But somehow, you’ve ended up in a place that offers a glimmer of hope. You don’t want to accept it. It’s too much of a change – too much to surrender – there’s too much you have to give up. But, when it comes right down to it, you really have nothing left anyway. Maybe this place – these people – can help you find the answer. So, you join a group of women – all with very similar stories to your own – and you start making choices again. But this time, you hope and pray they are better choices. This time, you make choices to listen. Choices to learn. Choices to forgive yourself. Choices to heal.
This is how the transition to the Charis House goes for many ladies who join the program. And in addition to the personal struggles they face, they move in to a home that is foreign to them – away from their own families, and away from their own comforts. They don’t have their favorite bedding. The pictures on the walls are unfamiliar. Nearly everything is shared with the community they are now learning to join.
Ms. Vanessa Bettis, Director of Women’s Recovery Ministries at Ministry Village at Olive, wants to help make the transition to the Charis House a little easier as new ladies come in to the program, and encourage those who are already here. “We’d love to be able to redecorate their bedrooms with some fresh bed linens, curtains and wall décor,” says Ms. Vanessa. Redecorating the bedrooms is a small act of kindness, but it’s small acts like this that serve to brighten the days of the Charis House clients and encourage them as they work through the heavy, emotional situations that led them to MVO. “We are so blessed by our supporters and volunteers who routinely donate items that we can use in the house. But it would be a nice surprise to the ladies to treat them to some brand new things this holiday season.”
There are two ways you can help!
- Donate! – Good old-fashioned cash donations to the Charis House will be used to purchase items for the bedroom makeover. Contact Ms. Vanessa for more details – email VBettis@ministryvillage.org or call (850) 475-1116.
- Shop! – Ms. Vanessa has created an Amazon Wish List of items that the Charis House could use. Items include bedding, rugs, and curtains as well as a variety of kitchen items and décor. And if you sign up and shop through Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchase price will be donated to Ministry Village! So you’re giving is TWICE as NICE!
Maybe you’d like to include the Charis House ladies on your Christmas shopping this year? Perhaps your Connection Group or Sunday School Class would like to sponsor a bedroom and take care of its décor? Whatever you have in mind would be a blessing to the ladies in the program!
Showing our clients that they matter, helping them feel loved and worthy, treating them like the children of God that they are – those are goals we have for every program at Ministry Village at Olive. And our supporters help to make that happen. Thank you for helping to make our ministry successful. We can’t wait to see where the Lord leads us!
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✝️ The mission of Ministry Village at Olive is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) If you are looking for a place to demonstrate kindness to others for the glory of God, give us a call. For more information on Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. and its work in the community, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinistryVillage, on Twitter @MinistryVillage, visit their website, MinistryVillage.org, or call (850) 473-4466.
❤️ The Charis House is a non-profit Christian-based residential substance abuse recovery program for females. The program is designed in 3 phases, each offering stages of recovery that provide the necessary tools for a practical transition into a new lifestyle free of addiction. The faith-based recovery program addresses the client’s personal relationship with God as the foundation for healing and wholeness. It requires a willingness to change and adhere to a controlled, strict and disciplined environment, allowing life-changing experiences to occur. There is no fee to apply.