COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – SafeHouse Ministries seeks to do exactly what its name implies – provide a safe place for Columbus’ homeless community. As they seek to expand their ministry, they are now asking the public for help.
The ministry announced on Monday that its fundraising campaign had raised more than $1 million pledged — halfway to its $2.5 million goal.
That money will go toward a number of projects — including expanding the shelter, expanding a state-licensed free outpatient treatment program, and growing their workforce center. They are now asking the Columbus community for donations to help their campaign. Executive Director Neil Richardson says the money will have a direct impact on Fountain City.
“It allows Columbus to grow, it gives us an area for economic expansion, it adds more people to the workforce, which helps employers in the area,” Richardson said.
It’s one thing to give someone a toolbox — and another thing to show them how to use the tools in that toolbox. The mission of SafeHouse Ministries is not just to put a roof over the homeless. Instead, the organization helps them get back on their feet. Whether through treatment, entry into the workforce, or emotional support, staff members help residents begin a new chapter.
“Most of the people we serve are struggling with hope,” Richardson said. “They’re coming out of addiction, they’re coming out of homelessness, incarceration…feeling defeated…so this is an opportunity to say ‘hey, fresh start’.”
Every step of their campaign is guided by faith. On a whiteboard next to plans for the expansion are the words: “Does it glorify the Lord?
“By being in ministry, we savor what God has done for us in our lives,” Richardson said. “The redemptive power of Jesus Christ flows into your life. You are dealing with addiction or a former incarceration. It not only allows you to become clean…it allows you to see that your life is real, that you have purpose, that it is valuable, and that you are loved.
To donate to the SafeHouse Ministries campaign, contact the number listed here.