Monthly Archives: November 2015

Volunteer Corner: Christmas 2015

Christmas VolunteerSpecial Christmas opportunity at the Michigan campus:
Help serve Christmas dinner to the children on a Saturday in December! It’s a fun, easy way to show them they are loved and valued. Contact Stephanie at 517-569-3328 to sign up!

Featured Fall Volunteer Group
Approximately 16 volunteers (some pictured below) from Robbins United Methodist Church and Mendon United Methodist Church worked 5 full days helping us complete many projects around the Michigan campus. Those projects included:

  • Installing cubbies to hold personal belongings in the children’s bathrooms
  • Sanding/staining building doors
  • Cleaning the Hayloft Family Ministries Center
  • Cleaning up playgrounds
  • Tree work; cutting up large logs
  • Staining restroom privacy fences
  • Spreading mulch/pulling weeds

We are grateful for this group of volunteers, and all of our wonderful volunteers who help make our ministry possible! If you have an interest in volunteering or would like to get your group involved, please contact Stephanie Ludwig, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 517-569-3328 or 520-466-3093!


“You Saved My Life”

One mother’s story of hope

Youth Haven Children at Christmas

You are changing lives! As you read this letter, you’ll see just how much your gifts mean:

“I grew up in a poor home, with an alcoholic, abusive single father. My mother was not in the picture at all as I was taken away due to her refusal to treat her schizophrenia and drug problem. At the age of 3, she sold me for drugs which began my long process through foster homes and isolation.

You saved my life; through all my pain and sorrow, I learned that the world is more than what I had seen. I was able to be a child, and learned to love and be loved through your volunteers and staff. Your staff quickly showed me that I was in a safe place and could be a child by playing and laughing and singing and learning what a loving and understanding God we have, and that He is real.

I accepted God into my heart on my second stay and have shared a close relationship with Him since.

Your facility is a God send to those less fortunate. Whether they are poor, hurting or angry at the world, you show them another way… through God!

I am the mother of four sons now. I am a full time student and very low income. I was in a very abusive marriage. It has taken its toll on my children. It hurts me to know what they experienced and I am making the changes to better our lives, but lasting results still linger. It has been five years since my sons and I have had any contact with their father, nor does he provide any financial support. Please consider helping me to show my sons the love and support you provided me as a child.”

Because friends like you cared, this woman found hope as a broken, hurting child. And because you care, we have been able to show her children the love and support they need. They experienced a Merry Christmas last year because you gave. Thank you for making this possible for so many deserving kids!