Helping Hands

 In charis house, Ministry Village

There has been much focus lately on the troubling times we are facing as a nation. Families in need. Job losses. Uncertainty of the future. Health fears. But if we take the time to look around, there are also signs of hope and love all around us. This week, Ministry Village at Olive would like to focus on the gift of love we recently received from some of our caring community supporters.

The Charis House, our non-profit Christian-based residential substance abuse recovery program for females, operates 3 individual homes in our community for women. With a limited budget and no maintenance staff, the Charis House clients and managers have become quite adept over the years at handling DIY projects to keep things running and manage minor repairs. We also have many dedicated volunteers and supporters who are generous with their time and skills – people who we can count on. Recently, a group of helpers organized by DJ Echols from Landrum HR of Pensacola, took on some repair and maintenance items for the Charis House.

After asking for a list of needed repairs, the team from Landrum jumped in and repaired hand rails, tightened and installed door handles, adjusted light fixtures, repaired leaking faucets and sinks, repaired toilets, recaulked bathtubs, touched up paint and repaired outdoor siding. They worked on all 3 of the Charis House homes one day in January, and made our clients feel loved and important.

We are deeply thankful to DJ and all the helping hands who came out to make these improvements. Your service and kindness to us will last far beyond the day you spent at the Charis House. Your thoughtfulness is a demonstration of the love Jesus encourages all of us to show toward one another. We are grateful for you and your kindness.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

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. We have opportunities through the Bargain Center; at our Tender Hearts Caring Hands benevolence program and food pantry; through the Most Excellent Way addiction support groups; at the Charis House; and at the Ministry Village Early Learning Center.

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.

To learn more about the Charis House, or how you can support our programs, click here or contact Vanessa Bettis at 850-475-1116  or

To donate to the Charis House or any Ministry Village program, click here. 

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