Matt and Daphne Lubera have a history of volunteering as mentors at House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS).
Mentors are a crucial part of the ministry – after a man or woman has settled into the program they are assigned a volunteer mentor.
“Mentoring at HRS is simply coming alongside someone, showing up consistently, and pointing them to Christ. It’s a simple definition, but is challenging to do.” – Julie Supplee, HRS Executive Director.
About a year ago, Abel, HRS’s Men’s Program Manager held a mentoring program orientation. Abel was looking for strong Christian men to come beside the male residents as mentors.
Matt had been a mentor at Along Side Ministries at Florence Prison until his mentee got out of the program. So the opportunity to mentor at HRS came along at the right time.
Mentoring is an extremely powerful tool to use with these guys.
Sometimes guys slip. Matt’s mentee recently started drinking again, the resident did a rare thing and told Abel. He did 3 days at Community Bridges and now is in a 30-day program. We’re praying that he stays sober and continues on a path to live the life God intends him to lead.
Matt admits that mentoring is way out of his comfort zone as an introvert. He was hesitant at first. Then one day he was reading the Bible story about Gideon…
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Matt felt God’s call of ‘I will be with you’. Even though his mentee is gone, he still goes on Tuesday nights to have dinner with the guys until he is assigned another resident. Many guys have thanked him that he comes to fellowship with them. He continues to step out of his comfort zone to start conversations with the men.
Daphne’s been involved with HRS longer. She came on board as part of a Family Support Team (FST) when House of Hope Sunnyslope (HHS) opened in 2009. She’s also been a women’s mentor, a Life Skills Class teacher showing the women how to manage their money, and she also served on the Board of Directors for several years.
My heart is to help people that want to help themselves. I love walking beside people and encouraging people to take the next best step for themselves.
For some of the women it’s getting their kids back. For some it is being a better parent. Others need to get their finances in order or get a better job.
It was fun for her to get to know the ladies from her church that serve with her on the family support team.
Look at the power of prayer…
There is a project near and dear to their hearts. Since the start of HHS, the ministry has prayed for area properties to become available and God has answered their prayers. Recently, HRS purchased yet another apartment building in Sunnyslope — a tri-plex. Another prayer answered! In fact, monies raised from the 9th Annual Bowl-A-Mania fundraiser will go to renovate the tri-plex and expand House of Hope from 9 to 12 single moms. Daphne and Matt’s business was the first company to step up as a Corporate Sponsor for the Bowl-A-Mania fundraiser.
Donating as a company:
Matt and Daphne bought Universal Optic Service (UOS) just over 4 years ago. The company has been around since 1985 servicing, repairing and selling microscopes to major medical facilities like hospitals and labs as well as industrial manufacturers, universities and colleges in Arizona.
Matt worked as technician when the previous owner was retiring. He didn’t want the company to go to a stranger who wouldn’t keep it going, so Matt and Daphne stepped in. Daphne had been laid off a corporate banking position and God’s timing was perfect.
It was really a blessing for us to step in. It was a “God thing”. – Daphne
Recently, as Daphne reviewed materials on fiscal responsibility, she felt it was time for the company to become a regular giver. They have pledged to donate a specific amount each month for every microscope serviced. It’s a great way they can let their customers know their passion for people in need.
“I have known Matt and Daphne for many years and have seen them in action helping and loving others. We are so thankful for their years of service and to now have their company on board is a blessing.” Julie Supplee, Executive Director.
We see HRS as a charity that we’ve wanted to support for a while. We’ve been blessed with the business and it would be nice do something on-going.