SafeHouse Ministries “Then the righteous will answer him,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and
feed you, or thirsty and give you
something to drink? When did we see
you a stranger and invite you in, or
needing clothes and clothe you? When did
we see you sick, or in prison and go to
visit you?" The King will reply,"I tell you
the truth, whatever you did for one of the
least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me."
- Matthew 25:37-40
United Way

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Trinity Episcopal Church Youth Group

Trinity Episcopal Church Youth Group

Trinity Episcopal Church Youth Group

Each year, the youth group from Trinity Episcopal comes to Trinity House to share the Christmas spirit with our ladies.  This year’s group was an awesome team.  They brought and Christmas trees for each apartment and, together with the ladies, they decorated them.  Pizza, Christmas spirit and love were enjoyed by all.  Thank you Father Tim and the wonderful young people from Trinity for blessing us.

Emmitt Shephard

Emmitt Shephard

Emmitt Shepard

Mr. Emmitt Shephard is 62 years of age and drawing retirement. He has 6 grown girls that he stays in contact with. He came to Columbus about 4 years ago and was recently homeless for about 8 months. He is now sharing a home with friends, sharing living expenses and doing well. Mr. Shephard volunteers with SafeHouse on a daily basis and does whatever we need him to do, whether in the kitchen or upstairs with no questions asked.  He has a loving smile and a warm heart that he shares with everyone that comes to the SafeHouse.  He makes people happy and comfortable and shares his love of Jesus Christ.  Mr. Shephard has been a wonderful member of the TEAM and we look forward to working with him in the future.

Paul and Deaufort

Paul and Deaufort

Paul and Deaufort

Paul and Deaufort lead our Reading Improvement program in the jail.  They come every Monday and Wednesday morning to teach men how to read better.  Some of the men are illiterate and some can read well.  New vocabulary words, ever more challenging reading levels and their loving approach has men in the jail excited about reading.  Most of the men ask to be able to read the Bible and Paul and Deaufort have several versions, depending on reading level, they use.  We have men reading and understanding the Bible and able to write letters home and read letters they receive.  Reading opens new vistas into God’s big world.  Thanks to Paul and Deaufort for opening new doors for men in jail.

Kenneth Evans

Kenneth Evans

Mr. Evans has been coming to the jail for over 4 years.  He leads the team from Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church.  He comes so often that we reserved a dorm just for him and the men in the dorm love him.  He’s reliable and shows up every week without fail.  His messages bring HOPE to the men in the jail and they believe him.  We know his church and family are blessed by his relationship with the Lord.  We are honored to share ministry with him

Keith Sebro

Lisa and Brad Armstrong
and Rachel Martz

Lisa and Brad Armstrong
and Rachel Martz

Lisa and Brad from Little Bit Farms approached us and asked how they could help.  We told them about our dream for a garden.  They helped design the layout of the garden, shared their wisdom with us and encouraged us to think big.  Rachel Martz started our seeds in the greenhouse at Little Bit Farms in February and grew almost 200 wonderful vegetable plants.  After the dirt installed Lisa and Brad brought all Rachel’s plants down to the Grace House and led the effort to get it all in the ground.  What an honor to work with such loving and encouraging people.  Thanks, Lisa, Brad and Rachel.

 

Keith Sebro

Keith Sebro

Keith Sebro

Keith Sebro first came to the SafeHouse as a client.  We worked with him and helped him find the resources to get his own apartment.  Since then Keith comes by just about every day.  He cleans what needs to be cleaned, he greets and welcomes folks and he makes people know they matter.  He helps in the kitchen, he helps meet and greet clients as they come in and he encourages people with his own success story and shares a smile with anyone in need.  What an honor to see him glorify our great God as he “pays-it-forward”.

Lisa Strange

Lisa Strange

Lisa Strange

Lisa is one of the newest volunteers at Trinity House.  After completing 20 years in the Army, Lisa fell in love with kids.  Lisa became an Education Aide for special education kids in Ft. Benning, GA.  Lisa loves teaching.  Every Friday morning she shares a devotion with the ladies at Trinity.  I hear she’s wonderful.  Lisa is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and loves the Lord. Lisa shares her home with her dog companion of 13 years Sweetpea.

Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis

Rev. Sam Lewis, born in Chicago Ill in 1959, arrived in Columbus via the military.  After a tour in Korea, Rev. Sam and his wife settled here in 1978.
He and his wife have 3 grown children and have been married for 36 years.

Like most of us, he took some detours in his walk with the Lord.  During his time in prison, he realized his calling was real and that God had a specific purpose for him in ministry.  This is when he stopped running from God and surrendered.  God molded him to be able to preach and teach others like him.  He has been volunteering for the ministry since 2014. He relates well with the men at Grace House and they love him.

Beth Badger

Beth Badger

Beth Badger is one of those special people that bless your soul.  She’s a wonderful teacher in the MCSD specializing in challenging students.  She is also a brilliant math teacher.  She came to us from Evangel Temple with a heart for wounded and hurting people.  She teaches Math to our ladies in the GED program in the jail.  The ladies know how much she loves them and they work hard with her.  Thank you Beth for loving and teaching and bringing God to jail through Math.

Chris Gass

Chris Gass

Chris Gass

Chris Gass is married to Diamond who he met while serving in the US Navy.  He moved to Columbus in 2013 and began attending Columbus State University.  Chris was working at CSU’s Bartlett Center and was part of Bo Bartlett’s original team that birthed Home is Where the Art is, our Thursday Art program at the SafeHouse.  Chris not only painted, he worked to form relationships with the men and women in the class.  In the summer of 2015 we began a creative writing class called NO DISCLAIMER.  Unfortunately, the founding teacher was transferred after only a few months.  Chris stepped up to continue the class.  He invests his time with the people God has called him to serve.  He makes sure that the class not only teaches skills but helps people feel good about themselves.  Not only does he lead the creative writing class, but he helps serve breakfast on a weekly basis.  We say thanks to Chris for his loving heart and unselfish devotion to those God brings his way.

 

Justus & Connie

Justus and Connie Armstrong

Justus Armstrong

Meet October’s Volunteer of the Month, Justus Armstrong.  He’s a senior at Pacelli High School.  He is an amazing young man.  He chose Trinity House of Columbus for his senior project.  With the help of his mother, Connie, Justus decided to do landscaping around Trinity House.  He has done over 25 hours of service work pruning trees, laying pine straw and planting flowers.  Even though he has not finished yet, you can already see the difference.  He is a hard working young man with a wonderful heart.  Thank you Justus and Connie for thinking of us and helping to beautify the Trinity House, we are honored.

Mrs. Patrice Butts

Mrs. Patrice Butts

Mrs. Patrice Butts

Mrs. Patrice Butts is a licensed minister at New Birth Outreach Church in Midland Ga.  She is married to Dwayne, her high school sweetheart of 25 years.  God gave them three beautiful children Terralisha, Terranisha, and Tyeisha.  God began to lead her into ministry in 1999 in Minneapolis, MN.  She continued serving when she relocated to Radcliff Ky. for 9 more years.  She had been in Alabama for 4 years and her passion for ministry never went away.  Working at a dental Office in Columbus, a co-worker talked about SafeHouse ministries. Patrice said. “I knew God had directed our paths for such a time as this.”  In 2014 Patrice met the ladies at Trinity House and has been volunteering to speak, share and love the ladies every Wednesday morning since January 2015.  Patrice has a genuine compassion and concern for each and every person God puts in her path.  Every week she teaches and shares three things about God: “He loves, He cares and He knows”.  Patrice said, “My heart’s desire is to always be where God is working and always share love wherever He leads me.  I am truly humble and grateful that God has chosen me to be part of His Grand Plan”.  Thank you Patrice for all you do for the Lord.  We are honored to work with you sharing God's love. 

Dean

Dean Moody

Dean Moody

Dean Moody came to us with a call from God to work with people struggling with substance abuse issues.  He has experience working in Christ centered recovery programs where he came from and wanted to share that experience with people in his new home town of Columbus.  He jumped right in and took charge of our noon Christian 12-step meeting at the SafeHouse.  The meeting began increasing in attendance almost immediately.  Many of those coming were from the Day Report Center (DRC).  So, Dean asked how he could help them even more.  Soon he was facilitating meetings as part of the SafeHouse program at the DRC.  That wasn’t enough.  Dean continued to work with men and women at the SafeHouse while he went to school to earn certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor.  Dean’s heart is loving and kind.  He’s the perfect person to lead our recovery efforts.  We are honored that God led him to the SafeHouse.  In Dean’s wake are men and women winning the battle against drugs and alcohol.

Donna Hart

Donna Hart

Donna Hart

Donna Hart is a retired School Principal and former reading teacher.  She called the jail and asked how she could help.  We sat down and talked about her strengths and our needs and it wasn’t hard to realize she was God’s answer to our prayers for help dealing with literacy in the jail.  She started by herself coming twice a week and as word spread she has a team of four, two men and two women, that work with inmates in the jail every Monday and Wednesday.  They tutor individuals and work with small groups on vocabulary and reading.  They start by assessing where the inmate is and then they make a plan how to improve that person’s reading level.  Since Donna started coming to the jail we have seen almost 20 men participate in this program.  She continues to share her contagious zeal for reading and the men are improving by leaps and bounds.  Lives are changing thanks to Donna and her team.

 

Tina Aguilar

Tina Aguilar

Tina Aguilar

When God brought Chris Aguilar to our ministry he not only provided a brilliant leader and servant of God, he also brought Chris’s heart, Tina Aguilar.  She has been bringing love and encouragement to the women of Trinity House for over 4 years.  She also helps cook and serve breakfast every Friday at the SafeHouse and goes with Chris to bless the men of Grace House.  She cooks treats and shares a smile that only God could put deep in the soul of his special daughter.  She prays with and encourages men, women and children throughout this ministry.  She also ministers to the staff.  She always knows when you need a cookie or a hug or a loving smile.  Thank you Miss Tina for sharing your love!!!

 

Lucio Parra

Lucio Parra

Lucio Parra

Pastor Lucio Parra has been dedicated to ministering to the inmates at the jail for a number of years.  He has been and is very committed to reaching the lost and hurting people in our community.   Lucio, his two sons, Rey and Nick, and even the men  that work for him at Earth Works have all tenaciously worked to enhance the usability, accessibility, and beauty of the Grace House.  Recently they have constructed a very spectacular handicap ramp and even an entrance platform at the Grace House.  This ramp is handcrafted out of paving stones meticulously laid with great care and precision.  Because of their most recent efforts, we were able to open our third and final building and better accommodate those individuals with physical challenges. Pastor Lucio, is a hardworking, humble man and a great example of a man with a servants heart.    
Thanks Lucio.

 

John Miller

John Miller

John Miller

John came to us from Body of Christ Worship Center almost four years ago.  He began serving as a member of the church's mission team in the jail.  He was a blessing to the men in the jail from the first time he came.  After retiring from work he asked if he could increase his involvement.  He became an Assistant Chaplain a couple years ago.  He comes Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week and brings a message of HOPE to men in the South Tower of the jail.  John not only brings a Bible study to the men, he prays with them, counsels with those in need and shares love as only a sold-out Christian can.  We are honored and blessed to share ministry with John Miller.

 

Ronald and Donald Johnson

Ronald and Donald Johnson

Welcome to a DOUBLE DOSE OF JESUS.  

Ronald and Donald Johnson

Twins, Ronald and Donald Johnson have been coming to the jail for several years faithfully.  They are there just about every Sunday.  Donald is also an Assistant Chaplain and works the 5th floor of the North Tower every Wednesday afternoon.  These two wonderful men love the Lord and are joyfully sharing His love and hope with the inmates of the Muscogee County Jail.  When God called them to serve He blessed us with two, on-fire men for the Lord.  We thank God for His DOUBLE DOSE OF JESUS and the twins Donald and Ronald.

 

The Easons

Bill and Silvia Eason

Billy and Silvia Eason

What a blessing when God brought Billy and Silvia Eason to the “TEAM”.  They started as Sunday ministers and have been faithful on Sunday afternoons bringing a message of HOPE and LOVE to the men and women they see in the jail.

Soon, Silvia began a ministry of encouragement.  She calls and emails regularly and lifts our spirits.  She is one of the prayer warriors that keep this ministry in front of the Throne of God.  She always seems to send a special note or message when we need it the most.  It’s a blessing to see God working through her.

When the Lord provided the abandoned apartment complex to the ministry and we began plans to clean, refurbish and open Grace House (our soon to open 48 bed men’s transitional facility) Billy and Silvia were there, front and center, to assist in the cleanup phase As they do so well, they encouraged all of us that worked in the clean up effort.

What a blessing of love Billy and Silvia Eason are to this ministry.  We thank God for them often.

 

George McCCarley

George McCarley

George McCarley

George McCarley has been coming to the jail for several years. He started as a Sunday Minister and was well received by the inmates. He became an Assistant Chaplain and began working the 3rdfloor in the South Tower. George is on fire for the Lord and is always asking “what else can I do”. Whenever we are short during the week, George steps up and fills in to be sure all the men will receive a Bible study. The past couple weeks, George has come on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and shared a message in 16 dorms. The men in the dorms love him and his salvation message has led many to come to know Jesus. We praise God for George and all that the Lord is doing to and through his ministry.

 

Eddream Lawrence

Eddream Lawrence
and the
J.O.Y. Behind Bars Team

Eddream Lawrence
and the J.O.Y. Behind Bars Team

We have been blessed ever since Eddream called and offered to bring her team of ministers to the Muscogee County Jail a couple years ago.  They have been ministering in the Russell county Jail for approximately 12 years.  Not only do they come on Sundays and bring a message to men and women in the jail, they also run wonderful projects that touch the lives of inmate families.  Every summer they do a big book bag/school supplies project that culminates with hundreds of children receiving school supplies and a book bag at a wonderful picnic where Jesus is celebrated.  They have been providing Christmas presents to children of inmates in Russell County for years.  This year they asked to lead the effort in the Muscogee County Jail.  Over 400 children received clothes and toys from this dedicated group of Christians.  Eddream, thanks for allowing Jesus to be seen through you and your team.  Thanks for allowing God to use you to accomplish much for the least of these.

 

Emma Jane Kretlow

Emma Jayne Kretlow

Emma Jayne Kretlow

We are humbled to be able to honor Emma Jayne and sadened to announce her retirement. She has been coming from Pine Mountain for over 25 years. Every Thursday she brings her keyboard and a Bible and visits with the women in the jail. She leads singing and Bible study with the women. Due to health reasons, she is forced to resign. She is so saddened by this turn of events. We have been honored to have her as part of this ministry and pray God's rich blessings for her and her family. She even donated her keyboard for us to use in the jail and at the Trinity House of Columbus (our soon to open women's shelter). Thank you for 25 years of service to the Lord and the women of the Muscogee County Jail. We love you and will miss you.

 

Chris Aguilar

Chris Aguilar

Chris Aguilar

Pastor Bud Rupel from Evangel Temple called up and asked to meet because their church wanted to get involved in jail ministry. He assigned Chris Aguilar as the point person for the project. We agreed that men from Evangel Temple would provide a Bible message each Sunday for one of our dorms. Chris organized the initial training meeting and 12 men and 1 woman came. Since that day Chris's enthusiasm and commitment to the Lord has more than doubled Evangel Temple's involvement. 2 dorms are covered every Sunday and sometimes 3. Chris got so "on-fire" that he became an Assistant Chaplain for the 2nd floor. He comes every Thursday afternoon and ministers to men in 4 dorms. Chris's enthusiasm is contagious and he continues to bless all of us in this ministry. Thanks Chris! We thank God for bringing you to the jail.

 

Dorothy Holman

Dorothy Holman

Dorothy Holman

Praise God for Dorothy Holman.  She's been coming to the jail faithfully since 1982.  For years, she was the only woman that came to bring a message of love and hope to the women incarcerated in the Muscogee County Jail.  Plan on praying before going upstairs with Sister Holman.  She has encouraged all the ministers that come and blessed the women she ministers to just about every Sunday for over 28 years.  Thank you Sister Holman.  We see the Jesus in you and Praise God for you.

 

 

Charles Champion

Charles Champion

Charles Champion

Charles started coming to the jail in 1987. At times, he was the only person sharing the love of Jesus on Sundays. His love of scripture, his joy in following the Lord, and his contagious love for the Father continues to change lives in the Muscogee County Jail.
Thank You Charles!

 

 

Wanda Grimes

Wanda Grimes

Wanda Grimes

Wanda has been sharing the love of Jesus in the jail for over 16 years. She faithfully comes twice a week, bringing a message of hope to women seeking a better way of life. She has led many to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Thank You Wanda!

 

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