Safe Families

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  • July 12, 2019

The following is written by Lisa T regarding her and her family’s decision to become a Host Family for Safe Families for Children


When we look at various social issues, the needs seems so big and our efforts seem like pebbles in the ocean, and that can often paralyze us from moving in any direction.

Adoption, foster care, and children in need have been the heartbeat of our family. We have always wanted to be a family that serves together and God has brought us many wonderful opportunities. Recently as one door closed, God opened our eyes to Safe Families for Children. As I sat in a meeting listening to Lisa Dillard, the Director of Safe Families for Children, speak passionately about this organization, I could not wait to run to my car and call my husband. We had always wanted to adopt and foster kids, but up to this point it had never worked out.

Safe Families for Children provides a safe home for children whose families are in crisis and need some time to get on their feet. Here was a program that fit everything we have been thinking about. There is so much I love about the program. For starters, it is community-based on two levels. First, the children in need come from our nearby communities. Second, we get to serve as a church community. Since this is not a government funded program, the church has to come together and provide community and love for these children. Also, there are so many ways you can get involved. My family is currently applying to be a host family, and we are praying that many of you will join us on this journey. We can’t do this on our own. We will specifically need family friends to come alongside us and love these children. In the role of a family friend, you will be cleared to hang out with the children, maybe provide transportation to school or other places the children may need to go.

We are praying the Lord stirs the hearts of SMR to come and listen to the presentation on July 18th from 6:30-8:30pm. Childcare will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

I know the social needs of our community seem so big, but again we are reminded of how big our God is and where our hope lies. One day all will be redeemed and restored, but for now we can work and trust God to use our little pebbles to make waves in the ocean.

Check out the Safe Families for Children website and watch the videos to learn about the various volunteer roles. Everyone can help!



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Jimmy Hettinger

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Jimmy is a member of Seven Mile Road where he serves as story team coordinator and a bassist on the music worship team. He works as a pediatric critical care nurse while he studies to become a nurse practitioner.

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