SafeHouse Ministries “Then the righteous will answer him,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and
feed you, or thirsty and give you
something to drink? When did we see
you a stranger and invite you in, or
needing clothes and clothe you? When did
we see you sick, or in prison and go to
visit you?" The King will reply,"I tell you
the truth, whatever you did for one of the
least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me."
- Matthew 25:37-40
United Way

 

Grace House

A Home Away From Homelessness

We observed that while there are emergency shelters for men in need, there are no transitional facilities for men.  Our community needs transitional housing which allows someone to have a place to live while they look for work, save money and move out on their own.  We began praying about a men’s transitional facility.  We were offered the campus of the Crystal Valley Baptist Church to open the men’s transitional facility and share worship with the existing church.  Unfortunately, the neighbors were unwilling to work with us and we were not able to get the necessary zoning change needed to proceed.

Meditation led us to the story of Isaac digging wells during a famine.  Each time he struck water the neighbors contested.  Instead of fighting his neighbors, he moved on and dug other wells until no one contested him.  We realized that God wanted us to “dig another well” and trust Him to provide.

We continued praying about this project and discovered an abandoned apartment complex in Beallwood.  Taxes and mortgage were unpaid for several years and the bank was not foreclosing.  Drug addicts and squatters had stripped the copper and anything of value and damaged the property.

The bank informed us they had written off the loan and, if the owner would donate the property to our 501.c.3, would release the lien on the property.  In August of 2013 we were deeded a 3 building, 12 unit abandoned apartment complex in need of repair. Much like the people we serve, the Grace house is now a beautiful and fully functioning 48 bed facility serving homeless men. 

Modeled after our successful Trinity House for women we know that our clients will get jobs, save money and eventually move out on their own, becoming productive members of society.  We know that over half of those who stay with us leave to a place of their own and over half of those are still living and working on their own after a year.

 

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