As we serve meals to our friends on North Street each Saturday I meet women from all walks of life. Every now and then I connect with them. I look at them and smile, some choose to not look up for fear of being judged. But when they do lift their head they meet love. A love that points no fingers. A love that says you are welcome here.
I’ve had the privilege of talking with some of them. Learn their names and give them hugs. Some have even asked for prayer. Others are involved in harmful relationships. One left an abusive boyfriend that left her without shoes or a change of clothes as she fled for her safety. I am thankful to God for those who donate clothing and shoes each week for she was able to get what she needed.
We are currently planning to have a home for these women. A place that provides Safety and Hope! And when they come to us for help I can scoop them up and lead them onto a new path, a new journey; a new life!
It took two years with a vision for young women and we now have our home for age out foster girls that will help prevent this vicious lifestyle. We are trusting God for a home for women that did not have anyone to help them and lead them toward a better life. There are a few amazing ministries in the Daytona Beach area but they can only do so much. We need more. Just as we opened Legacy House for girls aging out of the foster care system I know we will have a home for these women for with God all things are possible.
Pastor Nina Tidwell is founder and Pastor of Augustine Church and has a heart to help women.
If you are reading this and are in danger of abuse please call 911, get out and seek safety. Also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
At Augustine Church, Ponce Church and Ormond Church we help feed the homeless, provide housing for girls aging out of the foster care to prevent youth homelessness and trafficking. For more info go to legacyhousingproject.com
We also provide a private campground for our homeless friends. We are planning to launch our second home for girls aging out of the foster care system in St. Augustine, Florida. Visit Augustine Church or our Facebook page Legacy Housing St. Augustine for more information, thank you.