Director’s Desk: September 2016

Director’s Desk: September 2016

Family–what does that really mean? I’ve come to learn that it means a lot of different things. Depending who you ask, family doesn’t necessarily mean “blood,” but, more often than not, it’s connection…a true feeling of belonging.

Hope Unlimited Family Care Center’s team is passionate about helping families thrive, feel empowered, and know the power of God’s love.

Romans 8:16-17 says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

“We are Heirs of God.” Do you realize what that means? If you are a child of God, then WE ARE FAMILY! But, what about those who don’t know the gift of God’s love? You give. You volunteer. You pray. Thank you! We could not be His hands and feet each day without you. Lives are saved; people are loved; hope is given.

You are an important part of Hope Unlimited Family Care Center. So, if you have not been told before, let me be the first to say, “Welcome to the Family!”

Nicole Farley, Interim Executive Director

Director’s Desk: June 2016

Director’s Desk: June 2016

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!  – 1 John 3:1

For the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity of teaching this biblical truth to the families we serve, to volunteers and staff alike. I’ve also had the awesome privilege of partnering with the Father to release His love, His hope and His joy to the mothers and fathers who come through our centers’ door. There’s no greater reward than to see individuals grasp this truth for themselves and watch as God frees them from every chain that has them bound. This is why resigning from my position was not a decision that was made lightly, but with much prayer and consideration.

My last day as Executive Director will be June 23rd, but the Father  in all His wisdom and love for His beloved ministry is already providing leadership to move Hope  Unlimited Family Care Center to the next level. Nicole Farley, who has served alongside of me for the last year, has been asked by the board of directors to step-in as Interim Executive Director. The board will advertise the position.

Nicole will be eligible to apply for the permanent position. Please know that staff morale is positive. There’s vision for the future impact of Hope Unlimited Family Care Center. The work you’ve partnered with us to do will continue to move forward!

Director’s Desk: March 2016

Director’s Desk: March 2016

A community is only as strong as its weakest link. What is the link that makes up a community? Family. It’s a mom needing prenatal care, a dad needing fatherhood support, or a public or private school student needing to understand how choices today impact his/her future tomorrow. Each of these people play a vital role in a family.

Hope Unlimited Family Care Center’s mission is to strengthen and empower families, and dads are essential to the family. In January’s American Family Association Journal article, Porn is Strangling Families, I was reminded why reaching dads is so important.

“Pornography is sweeping through our churches like a tsunami leaving families torn apart in its wake.” The article went on to report, “Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Christian men are addicted to porn and living in the shame of its bondage.”

This is why we have invested more resources and time into our outreach and service to fathers. If you haven’t already, check out how Hope Unlimited Family Care Center is addressing these needs in this post.

Starting tough conversations is easier when we provide a walk-in, result-driven free service. That’s why we’ll also be expanding our current pregnancy test service to include limited sexually transmitted infection screenings later this year. This confidential and free service will be available to any teenager, man or woman.

At the end of 2015, the Lord told me this is the year of Malachi 4:6,

“God will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” Confronting the issues of pornography and sexually transmitted infections are vital to our mission and our work with families.