3rd Quarter News

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Men Housed - 89
Men Employed - 85

Letter from the Director - Gary Kenney
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Just over a year ago I was given the opportunity to come and serve with Safe Harbor of Erin. At the opening of the facility our President of Light House and Safe of Harbor Ministries shared a part of his inspiring vision to see men complete and graduate our program.

During that discussion he showed me a wall with the names of men who will graduate, a new program focus.

As I viewed the area, I certainly underestimated the success of the new program curriculum. We are so proud to be a part of such an impactful program that has graduated over 75 men, and to see a vision of a wall filled with real life changing stories.

This October will be an exciting one as we look forward to our fall revival this October 14 - 18, 2019, preceded with a 5k community fun run. I invite my Safe Harbor family, staff and friends to join us if you can on these days.

As this year comes to an end, the staff here in Erin has gained a lot of new relationships and community partnerships. We move into the new year with greater resources to help our clients be reconstituted back to society and their families.
 
Pastor Gary Kenney
Director
Safe Harbor Erin
July 4th Celebration
Safe Harbor of Erin would like to thank Jr. & Darlene Hooper, the owners of Papa’s Old Fashion Bar-B-Que, along with the rest of their staff for their generous contribution of award winning BBQ.

Today Jr. & Darlene provides our clients with a BBQ feast for our 4th of July dinner celebration.

Thank you for your continued partnership & support of Safe Harbor of Erin!
Clients hungry for the Word of God! Having their own bible study this morning!
We had a great word from Pastor Scott about the difference between surrender and sacrifice.
One Year Anniversary & Community Celebration

We are so thankful for every person who attended. YOU are what made it great! We are already looking forward to next year!

Watch our video at https://youtu.be/OnsNeNft2iI
Celebration Sunday - July 2019
Congrats to our Graduates - Jerimie Wood, James David, William Smith, John Brewer, Timothy Powers & Terry Griffin!
Worship Days
With the help of the Holy Spirit there was a move tonight. Our clients wanted to go outside and worship their Savior Jesus Christ, lifting their hands to the heavens... so we let them.
Great night of praise and worship are very own Dustin Gordon played the well by Casting Crowns on guitar. Pastor Scott gave a word on being happy with the way God created us, and working on the guys self esteem, and self worth...Amen!
Thank you Pastor Bill Wolf of Carlisle Union Church for a great service of praise and worship!
Safe Harbor Erin would like to thank Impact Ministries Richard and Dana Dantzler for leading our praise and worship Sunday night. Pastor Scott gave a word on the fact that all things are possible through Jesus Christ whom strengthens us....Amen!
Partner of the Quarter - Bates Rubber





Bates Rubber, Inc has been providing quality extruded, formed & molded products to the automotive and commercial markets since the early 1970's.
Recognized as a world leader in our field, Bates Rubber, Inc is consistently recognized for our quality and delivery. Offering our customers a secure sourcing alternative which lives up to our reputation as a low cost on-time supplier.

Since 2014 Bates Rubber, a Park Ohio Company located in Lobelville Tennessee has stood firm in their partnership with Safe Harbor. They have been instrumental in our clients recovery by providing our clients with long term fulltime employment. At this time we have 37 clients working at the Lobelville facility. Safe Harbor Erin has produced 4 clients that have earned supervisor positions with Bates. Here at Safe Harbor Erin we are proud to recognize Bates as our partner of the quarter. 
Celebration Sunday - August 2019
Congrats to our graduates, Wyly Keith Hampton, Hunter Nichols, Will Hatfield, Thomas Parson, Tyson Wiltse, Ahmad Prewitt, James Pittman, Joseph James, Winston Clay, Joshua Etherton, Anthony Stapleton, Anthony Jarrett, & Robert Summers!

Our dorm of the Month was Dorm 2. Congrats guys! Our Reliable of the Month was Trevor Scott and our Client of the Month was Matthew Ellis.

Happy Birthday to all of our August clients - Jeffrey Thompson, Jeffrey Unger, Billy Joe Farley, Greg Heath, Richard Johnson, Shannon Casey, Larry Chatman, Jonathan Dillon, Archie Williamson, Shane Kimbrough, & Wesley Parrott!
Corporate Partner Days
Had a great time Saturday at Magnum’s Family Day 2019! Our guys who work there had fun on the 20 ft water slide. Great fun, great food, great day!
What a great time hanging out with the families and clients at Tennsco's Family Day 2019. Thank you Tamara, Kim, and Jennifer for all you do for our clients and Thank you Tennsco for all your support of Safe Harbor Erin!
Testimony Tuesday
Joseph Messer
Intake Pic - 10/12/2018
Current Pic - 07/18/2019

"As I'm writing this, my heart and mind are overwhelmed with so many emotions. I'm finding that I haven't allowed myself to just sit and reflect on my journey enough and what God has actually brought me out of, or what I've actually been set free. I haven't allowed myself to sit and think about how broken I really was when I came to Safe Harbor. Broken and lost are probably the most accurate words to describe myself when coming to Safe Harbor. I came in the program after a heroin overdose. I dealt with an opiate addiction for several years; however, thinking back the drug addiction was not my problem. I was my problem. I was dealing with so many significant issues. With the death of my mother, being recently divorced, losing everything I've worked for at my young age. I walked around with a broken heart. I walked around feeling depressed, anxious and abandoned. Drugs along with my other poor choices was just a temporary fulfillment to feel something other than what i was feeling. What started out to be a temporary fulfillment, shortly turned into a stronghold, something that i let identify myself for years. It almost destroyed me. I remember walking through the doors of Safe Harbor. All the clients and staff were welcoming from the beginning. I have had great mentors along the way. Pastor Kenney, Jason Butts, Mr. Short and George all played a significant role in my spiritual development. I've learned so much from each one of these men. The most important thing I learned from these men is complete 100% surrender to Jesus. For months I walked around depressed, anxious and broken. I found myself just going through the motions and every day routine of the program. Dealing with me, and my issues, lead me to a place of exhaustion and brokenness. It also lead me to a place of complete surrender to Christ, and it wasn't until that moment I saw change.

It was a moment of desperation to have something more than what I had. It was an encounter with God that would change my life forever. It was just me and him in my room sharing a moment that would transform me into the very thing he created me to be all along. From that moment I was set free from me. From my depression, my anxiety, from everything that had me broken. I no longer identify myself by my issues. I'm no longer an addict, my past issues with addiction do not define me. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I'm no longer an addict, God calls me a Son, I am a new creation, the old man has passed away, ALL things have been made new. Every day since then, I have focused on knowing him more, seeking the purpose he has for my life. He has continued to move in my life in so many ways, I deny myself- all of me, all my selfish desires daily. In return, He continues to reveal Himself to me, develop me, renew my mind daily. I now have the pleasure to be a part of a ministry where God's Spirit is moving and not just changing men's lives but changing their hearts, their minds, and their spirits. This ministry is about so much more than a man's recovery. This ministry is about seeing a man give up being something they were never created to be, so God can come in and make them whole, make them new and most importantly set them free.

I want to thank Safe Harbor for being obedient to God's word and allowing Him to move in my life and the lives of so many others. Today I am blessed and grateful to be a part of this ministry. If there's anything you take from this part of my story, it doesn't matter who you are today, it doesn't matter what issues you're dealing with, how big, how small. God has the ability to make all things new. Heaven went bankrupt to redeem our value with all that was given on that cross. Don't sell cheap when you've been bought with such a price. Revelation 12:11"

** We would love to announce that Joseph is now a Program Coordinator with Safe Harbor of Erin. Welcome to the team! **
Trevor Scott
Intake pic - 04/02/2019
Current pic - 08/09/2019
“My name is Trevor Scott I am 28 years old. I started taking pain pills when I was 19 , at first it was just a way to have some fun, and change my state of mind , but it quickly became part of my everyday life. I was in a relationship that at one time was great and we had a son together, but I chose the pills and the party over my son. I could not even take care of myself much less my a kid , so as time went on my addiction progressed , the pills weren't affecting me anymore, and I was introduced to injecting heroin at 23.
The heroin along with the needle took me to the darkest of places and I reached the lowest of lows , I found myself homeless in Nashville living at the rescue mission doing whatever it took to "stay well". I finally moved back to Columbia my hometown in 2014 but my disease came with me and I started mixing my heroin with ice. Since 2014 I've spent 3 years in Maury county and Marshall county jails and been to various treatment facilities, but this past time God sent me to Safe Harbor of Erin. At Safe Harbor I have been able to learn not only how to establish and maintain my relationship with God , but also prepare myself for my transition back into the real world , I have been sober since March 12 2019, and as of today I have no desire to use , and that is only because God is doing for me what I could not do for myself and he is using this ministry and the people he has placed in it for his glory. I have obtained a church home, a great job, and a mentor since arriving here at Safe Harbor. I am back in my son's life and able to see him and talk to him.
God has delivered me from my bad and turned it into good through this ministry and for that I'm forever grateful ! 1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace who called us to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus after you have suffered a while perfect establish strengthen and settle you.”
Randall Koski
Intake pic: 05/15/2019
Current pic: 8/30/2019

"Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate!

Let me begin with my life.
I played triple A baseball for the Atlanta Braves 1979-1982. I raced motorcross for Yamaha. I was a Sheriff’s Deputy in St. Lucie Co, Florida for 10 years. I raised 2 great sons and had a great life.

Then in 2005, a work accident caused a severe back injury and my addiction was born. Opiate addiction led me to a life of stealing, lying and jail. My first rehab set me on the right path. I stayed clean for 4 years and thought I had my life back. I was wrong. In 2018 addiction came calling again. This time, alcohol. I came close to death a couple of times but what was missing the whole time was God. A pastor friend of mine told me about Safe Harbor. God’s grace brought me home.

Through grace and counseling and very big hearts have brought me through my very bottom in life. I am 4 months through a 6 month program. Through God’s grace and blessings I’m going to live again.

Thank you God.
Thank you Safe Harbor.
Upcoming Event - Fall Revival 2019
Please join us for our Fall Revival Oct 14 - 18, 2019. Daily services at 6 pm. Baptism to follow Friday night service
Heroes In Recovery 5K Walk, Run, Roll!
October 12, 2019 at 10 am

We will start & end at Betsy Ligon Park in Erin.

Come join us in a day of celebrating recovery! Current clients, Safe Harbor Alumni, Families & the community is all invited to participate. We will have candy for the kids & they are welcome to wear their costumes! We will also have concessions available.


Tickets are $10 for ages 12 & up
$20 for a Family (3 family members or more)
12 & Under are free
You will not pay for your tickets when you register. Payments will be taken at the event. Cash only please.

All proceeds go to Safe Harbor of Erin
We can't wait to see you there!
Client Testimony - Phillip Warren
I used drugs over 25 years. I’ve been in prisons, jails and other institutions. Drugs controlled and destroyed most of my life. I had given up. I began to think there was no help. I was spiritually bankrupt, unemployable, and I felt useless. After coming to Safe Harbor something changed for me.

Through the time I spent pursuing a relationship with God, the positive impact the program and staff had on me, I began to change. Today I’m a full time employee at Tennsco. I have a 5 year plan, my child support is paid, I have a relationship with God and my family. I can say today I have a life worth living. Thank you Safe Harbor.  
Labor Day 2019
What a great Labor Day we had in Erin today! Again Pa Pa's BBQ donated all the wood and sauce needed to smoke the 5 shoulders we had for the clients. Also the family support our clients have here is unreal. Our parking lot and driveway was full from all the families showing up to support their loved ones. Just wanted to give a shout out to Gary Kenney, Margy Bevilacqua, William Short, Joseph Messer, George VanZandbergen, Mike Maroney and the rest of the volunteers that helped make this a special day for our clients and their families.
Our guys having fun with the Cornhole tournament...winners get $50 gift card and runner ups get $25! I think they all signed up before the announcement had been finished lol. Toyal Crawford and James Martin are in the lead.

After 6 hours of competitive play, our winners are:
Toyal Crawford/James Martin $50 each
Michael Denton/unnamed client $25 each

Good job, guys! We’re glad everyone had a lot of fun today!
Downtime in Erin
College Football watch party in Erin on Saturday!
Celebration Sunday - September 2019
Congrats to our graduates - Patrick Hydorn, Paul Rowe, Shannon Casey, & Robert Lively!

Happy Birthday to William Worley, Rodney Hancock, James Martin, Ronald Vaughn, Daniel Mason, & William Hibbs.

Our Client of the Month is Jimmy White. The Client Volunteers of the Month were Matthew Ellis & Greg Heath. Our Reliable of the Month was Paul Rowe and the Dorm of the Month went to Dorm 10. Congratulations to all!
We are grateful for the support we receive from you all throughout the year and feel blessed to count you among our friends. Your attendance at special events, volunteer efforts, and both monetary and in-kind donations keep Safe Harbor of Erin going strong and allow us to continue offering our services to our communities.

As you know, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations such as ourselves rely heavily on community support year-round. We are hoping you can help us check off some items from our wish list: The items on our list would be a great blessing to receive.

And please remember whenever you take advantage of the great deals on  Amazon.com , you can support Safe Harbor of Erin with your purchases! By clicking on the following link and designating Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Inc as your charitable organization, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Safe Harbor:  smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1710683 . Just remember to always shop from  smile.amazon.com.

Our shipping address is 179 Substation Loop Rd Erin, TN 37061

Thank you for your continued support, from all of us at Safe Harbor!