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What does it mean to thrive? It has less to do with wealth, status, or "stuff" and more to do with love, joy, and peace. According to the experts at Search Institute, thriving comes through healthy relationships. Are you surprised? When have you ever thrived in isolation? Even the "good news" of eternal and abundant life is all about a relationship with God that overflows to others.
Yet we live in a society where genuine, meaningful relationships are rare. Our deepest wounds are rooted in broken relationships, often within our own families. Parents want the best for their children, and we want to love our neighbor, but where do we begin? How do we overcome the fear, brokenness, or busy-ness of our lives?
If relationships are the vine, then Glenhaven is the trellis that allows for healthy, intentional growth. We engage the community with the structure, guidance, and expertise for relationships that express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.
How do we do it?
Statistics from www.KidsCount.org
Nearly half of Arkansas children (44%) live in homes with just one or no parents.
More than one in four Arkansas children (28%) have had at least two significantly adverse experiences.
Every day, an average of 11 children in Arkansas are placed in foster care.
We follow Jesus to love others where they are and invite them to follow us.
We seek to connect and restore families before the need for state intervention.
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We never charge for services or receive government funds. Families thrive through your generosity.
We partner with like-minded organizations to support the overall mission of the Church.
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Sitting across from this 17-year-old in his jail cell, hearing the plight of his younger girlfriend and baby on the way, we had to do something! He gave us her number, and we met her for lunch. She was visibly pregnant and obviously scared. We asked if she had any family support, or even a Read more about Hope for Teen Moms[…]
While there may be some sweeping gesture that could impact youth, such heroic efforts usually fail to reach those who are numbed by life’s disappointments. We have learned that it’s often the small, everyday interactions that shape a life. This form of mentoring has three main components: Love, Model, and Coach. Youth today are used Read more about Life on Life Mentoring[…]
A Need for Mentors Lacking the resources but knowing the results of relational programming, the Juvenile Court has asked Deliver Hope to help address this need. We are pleased to partner with them to offer LAUNCH beginning April 4. Learn more about our partner, Deliver Hope, at www.Deliver-Hope.org. What’s the goal for LAUNCH? Through LAUNCH, Read more about Introducing LAUNCH[…]
Learn more about our partner ministry, Deliver Hope, at www.Deliver-Hope.org. Feel free to contact me anytime at montej@GlenhavenMinistries.org
Reaching the Future Through a partnership with Deliver Hope, we will begin immediately reaching more at-risk youth and families with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Here’s a snapshot of 2017: Residential Services Homes Of Peace & Encouragement: Host families provide a safe, loving home for children while family mentors walk with their families through their Read more about Reviewing the Past, Reaching the Future[…]
Who do you think you are? Your answer to this question shapes everything in your life. Imagine a 12-year-old girl whose father never knew her and mother never wanted her. Anyone she dares to trust, wounds her. Any way she tries to ask, “Am I lovely?”, is answered with spite, if at all. She earns Read more about How does Glenhaven reveal someone’s identity?[…]
In sales, they say something is worth whatever a buyer is willing and able to pay and the seller is willing and able to accept. How does this relate to our work with children and families? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not Read more about How does Glenhaven affirm people’s value?[…]
Three weeks into Sparks Out of School, I have already had an amazing chance to connect and gain the trust of the kids and their parents participating in this program. One of my highlights so far was helping one of the boys with his science homework. He was struggling and really didn’t understand what he Read more about Success at Sparks![…]
How does Glenhaven build trust with teens? There is only one way to build healthy trust: you must be trustworthy. As one of our core values, Glenhaven demonstrates Trustworthy Care by consistently doing what is right and needed. This can be as simple as providing a healthy meal every day. It can also be as Read more about Building Trust with Teens[…]