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 allows has helped her become even more involved in loving children in need.
Suzy is one of our phenomenal host parents and she’s been hosting children in Southwest Florida since 2015, and though she’s single and leads a very busy life as a nurse supervisor and a student studying to complete her second Master’s degree, she still makes time to welcome children into her home and heart through Safe Families.
When asked why she’s so passionate about caring for others’ children, she responded,
“I do this because I know what it means to be broken and helpless, but I also know what it means to be saved and redeemed. John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” We are all broken people who cannot do this thing called life on our own. We all are in need of the Savior’s love. Those of us who God has already saved and redeemed are called to care for the broken. We are called to care for the hurting, the widows, the orphans. This is my part of showing the love and grace to someone else because of how God has shown His unwavering love and unending grace to me. I can’t save the children I care for and the parents I meet, but I can share God’s love with them and point them to the only One who can.”
If you’ve thought about becoming a Safe Families for Children host parent in Southwest Florida, but aren’t quite sure what next steps to take, we’d love to connect with you and walk you through the process.
April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and during this month, we’re on a mission to find 30 host families in 30 days to help us care for the more than 2,000 at-risk children in Southwest Florida. Our dedicated volunteers have helped provide a safe family to more than 460 children locally and the need continues to grow. Will you open your heart and home?