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July 20, 2017
When I arrived in Jacksonville, one of my first meetings was with Marc Nettleton, from 2nd Mile Ministries. We met on a rainy November day, at Uptown Café, and I listened as he explained that their ministry adopted the community of Brentwood, on Jacksonville’s Northside, as their home and mission field. Why Brentwood? Quite simply, … Continued
June 2, 2017
Our Safe Families staff is often asked about the different ways in which a volunteer can serve in this ministry. Not everyone can host a child in their home or give a lot of time and resources, but there are still several ways to make a huge impact in a child’s life through Safe Families … Continued
April 20, 2017
During the month of April, we have a goal to add 30 new host families here in Southwest Florida to help us meet the increasing need for volunteers to host and care for children in crisis. Our host families are the heart of all we do. They’re volunteers, unpaid, sacrificial servants who open their homes … Continued
April 11, 2017
Dan and his wife Kristin are busy people. They are business owners who have five children of their own, active volunteers in their church, and are also currently involved in helping a local foster and adoptive family renovate their home – but even with their plates more than full, they find time to serve in … Continued
April 10, 2017
Victoria Cloonan understands how difficult it can be to raise a child and through her experiences, she’s learned just how important having a support system is. But the majority of the families we serve through Safe Families for Children lack a healthy community of support to turn to, but that’s where our host families and … Continued
April 10, 2017
We’re often asked by prospective host parents whether or not you have to be married or have children of your own to be a Safe Families host family, and the answer is no. There’s no marital requirement to be a host parent with Safe Families, and as Suzy Bunnell has experienced, the flexibility the ministry … Continued
April 1, 2017
Jonathan and Missi Bechtle lead a full life in Naples, Florida.  Jonathan is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for a nationwide public policy organization and Missi stays exceedingly busy homeschooling their four children and running a small business of her own. But even with their busy schedules, they make time to also volunteer … Continued
February 8, 2017
I got the call from one of our Safe Families for Children Directors on a Thursday afternoon. “Would you be able to take in two boys for a few weeks?” Immediately I began to think of all the reasons why there was no way we could possibly add more to our hectic schedule and how … Continued
January 19, 2017
FlourishNow is excited to announce its partnership with the Foundation for Government Accountability to sponsor two community events that help young entrepreneurs sell their creations and learn about business ownership. Last year, more than 50 children participated in the Naples Children’s Business Fair and this year, we’ve expanded the age ranges and locations to better … Continued
January 6, 2017
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8 I was raised in a ministry family in rural Pennsylvania. My father is a pastor, who started his career by counseling families in crisis. My … Continued