Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Freedom House Women's Center

One of the mission and ministry partners of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church in Williamsport, supported by our Shares of Ministry, from The Link newspaper of our conference, written by Rev. Anne Runnels.
Freedom House Women’s Center is a ministry to single women who have become homeless due to a variety of reasons. They are located in the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and have been in operation since April, 2011. They house four women at a time, and the women remain at the house for a term of three months to a year.

Some women come to Freedom House whose lives have been damaged through drug or alcohol use; some come due to financial hardships; and others come due to familial problems. All of the women are taught about faith in Jesus Christ and how depending on God helps get Christians through difficult times. The women attend church and Bible study weekly, and are taught Christian principles on how to live life and trust God for what they need. The concept of cause and effect is learned, and the women are taught how to respond to each situation rather than to react.

Freedom House believes that in order for people to change they must be willing to change their habits. The house provides a safe, spiritual, loving environment in which they can help the women who come to them to change. During this time of emotional and behavioral instability, security and support is provided. Each woman is guided to set both short-term and long-term goals.

With persistence and a Christ-like attitude, Freedom House believes it can offer the opportunity for each woman to grow and develop in a positive direction.
My name is Crystal. I came to Freedom House Women’s Center six months ago after being released from jail. There have been many changes to my life since then. I have found that faith in Jesus Christ gives me a new way of looking at life. I am now working a job I like, attending Bible study and church each week, and am studying to become a member of Nisbet United Methodist Church. I have learned to respond to situations in a way that is positive. Freedom House Women’s Center has given me an opportunity to learn about faith, a Christian way of thinking, and a new way of living in faith. My faith has become the most important thing in my life. I am thankful the Freedom House was there for me.

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