Rebekah’s Haven was founded in February of 2004; and is under the direction of Ms. Nancy DeWitt. The ladies with small children seeking shelter at Rebekah’s Haven find a true friend in Nancy. She cares for the physical and spiritual needs of the mothers as well as their children with compassion, understanding, and the love of the Christ. Nancy directs the program ladies in their path to a new life as well.
Working with Ms. Nancy is Ms. Raqueal Jackson. Rae, as she is affectionately known by the ladies, supervises the single ladies’ night-to-night shelter program, houses the Transient Volunteer ladies, and coordinates the chapel services for that house.
At Rebekah’s Haven we provide hope and the possibility of a new life to homeless and needy women.
Rebekah’s Haven functions under the governance of the Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Board of Trustees, its Executive Director, and the Rebekah’s Haven Advisory Committee .
Shelter From The Storms Of Life
At 122 20th St. we provide night-to-night shelter for single homeless women. Each night they attend a chapel service, eat a nutritious balanced meal, shower, and sleep in a clean bed. Breakfast and devotions are provided in the morning, after which they leave for the day. During that time they are out exploring options for housing, jobs, and needed assistance. If, at the end of the day they still need shelter they may return.
At 124 20th St. we offer shelter for homeless women with small children. Each mother shares a private room with her children and cares for their needs. Unlike the single ladies, these women may stay in during the day with their children. Making these children feel safe and secure in the midst of a crisis is our goal. More than just a homeless shelter, but a safe place.
Our Works Skills/Transient Volunteer program is an option for ladies who are sincerely trying to better their lives. They receive mentoring and guidance in their spiritual life, work ethics training, basic life skills training, and work therapy. They are also offered mid-day devotions throughout the week.
With or without children, these ladies are not “planning” to be homeless. Often they leave their homes with the clothes on their backs or what they can carry in a small bag. They have no idea where to turn for help. The staff at Rebekah’s Haven, through their affiliation with the Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, are able to give the women referrals to other local agencies for things like housing, transportation, dental work, legal services, and other health related needs at local clinics. Not re-inventing the wheel; we work with existing agencies that are already in place and functioning in the downtown area.
Donations to Rebekah’s Haven, through the Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, provide all of the bed linens, laundry supplies, soap, shampoo, towels, toothpaste & toothbrushes, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products, as well as diapers and wipes as they become available. Bibles are freely given to them as well as clothing and household goods. Many of them set up house when they leave Rebekah’s Haven with items from the TGRM Mission Mall which is located at 117 W. Woodruff Ave (Downtown Toledo).
Financial contributions are essential for keeping the ministry of Rebekah’s Haven open to women and children in need. Your donations are changing lives for the better and giving hope in a hopeless situation.
TO VOLUNTEER AT REBEKAH’S HAVEN:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or print out the required application below, fill out & mail to Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission attn: Sandy Mehlow 1917 Jefferson Ave. Toledo, OH 43604