Would your church be willing to share our ministry by including a bulletin mention, showing a short video, or even by letting us have an information table set up for after a service? The best way to answer that is by asking!
Catching you up on where we are -
Since our last newsletter, our Tallahassee Safe Families for Children chapter has had some exciting changes. We have welcomed our first staff members, our first event, and our first calls from parents seeking support.
In January our "Friendraiser" did just that - raised new friends for our ministry, and reunited us with some old ones. We had a wonderful group of servant hearted, organizationally minded volunteers come along side the Community Leadership Team - and host an evening that over 100 people attended, and even more watched on a live broadcast. Many of those who were moved that evening to begin the volunteer process are engaged in training - and they are joining an already strong group of volunteers who joined their church's SFFC ministry.
February saw the launch of our local website, and the start of our next initiative - "Focus 50". Throughout March and April we are asking people with a passion to partner with schools, and bring the church alongside them, to meet together and strategize a plan to impact Leon and Gadsden County schools. We hope to reach out to churches already partnered with schools, and letting them know about our relational ministry; facilitate new church/school partnerships; and picking one school to serve with an outreach event geared towards encouraging the students parents. If you'd be interested in being a part of the advisory group - please reach out to Laure Mulrooney - email@example.com
Looking ahead to March and April we're so excited about Safe Families Sunday! If you could, would you please help us reach your church? This small, short term volunteer role would just mean you'd reach out to your church leadership and let them know about Safe Families, and the ministry opportunity available. We'll give you everything you'd need. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're willing.
Finally, we are hoping to find a few leaders who would like to partner with us on our Community Leadership Team. This would require a minimum of two hours a month for a meeting to help lead our chapter in this time of growth. This is similar to a Board of Directors position, candidates should be Christians, active in a local body of fellowship, and have a passion for keeping families united whenever possible. If you, or someone you know are a fit then please contact Ann Connell for more information - email@example.com
Our Friendraiser 2021 brought us new volunteers, and contact with new churches. We're so grateful to all who help make it a success!
Pray with and for us
Hae Min Yang is our Prayer Ministry Leader, each month she gathers praises and prayer requests for our ministry, the families we serve and our volunteers. She publishes a monthly prayer letter that can be found on our website. To be on Hae Min's prayer ministry team please contact her firstname.lastname@example.org We are so grateful her leadership, and commitment to calling us each month to come before our Father in praise, thanksgiving and petition.
Hospitality as a mission field
Are you being called to open your home to families in crisis? Whether that's hosting their children, or coming alongside a parent in relational support? Let us know - we're eager to help you begin your ministry! Here is a brief overview of what that looks like on our website - and here is a volunteer application.
Sometime life can feel a little topsy-turvy. Do you know a family who could use support in a tough season? Safe Families for Children is a ministry that offers three kinds of support to parents who are finding their world a bit "upside down" right now.
Tangible Needs: Clothes, items for children, food, etc. - whether we provide or connect family to other resources
Relational Needs: Support, Mentorship, Navigational guidance through other servicers' processes, Family Coaching, friendship, babysitting, other wrap around relational support
Placement Needs: Having children hosted for any length of time overnight and beyond, with an approved family, while parents maintain full custody and are never displaced as primary parental figures.
The parents who we are able to come alongside relationally may not look like what you imagine - we don't have any "qualifications needed" to receive help. If you know a parent who could use support - share this brochure with them, or let us know and we can reach out.
We'd like to introduce you to Greer Blanton, Ministry Lead for Thomasville Road Baptist Church's Safe Families ministry. Greer explains her call to this mission, and hopes you'll join her.
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 180056, Tallahassee, FL 32318