Diane came to Arizona fleeing a violent relationship. At House of Refuge Sunnyslope’s (HRS) House of Hope, she found Jesus and a team of ladies who taught her what Christian love means.
Fear had been a big part of my life.
Through House of Hope I found a safe place to stay. The Family Support Team encouraged and supported me. I was able to grow in my relationship with Jesus.
I’ve learned to depend on Jesus for everything.
She quotes Colossians 3:13-15:
“…Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace…”
When people come into any of HRS’s programs, we encourage them to trust God and wholeheartedly seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through our Christian Mentoring program we match residents with mentors who can guide them into trusting God. Rather than turning to whatever held them captive before, whether it was a toxic relationship or substance abuse, they learn to turn to Jesus and other Christians for support.
One of the members of her “Family Support Team” (FST), Julie commented:
To know that I had a small part of her transformation has been such a privilege!
Some of our House of Hope volunteers and mentors were single moms themselves once. Their experience, and how God brought them through it, allow them to help single moms that are going through the same thing. God takes our messes and turns them into messages to encourage others.
Another member of her FST, June said:
Being a part of Diane’s family support team was a true blessing to all of us. Diane is committed to being a great Mom and Christ follower, and she let us all join in her journey. We laughed, cried, prayed, played and praised together. I am so proud of her accomplishments and love that she gives back to House of Hope as a team member now.
Diane graduated from our program in March 2014. She regularly volunteers in our childcare area. She has also been part of an FST for another single mom – giving back.