Prayer Partner Alliance Newsletter
November 2021
From Loretta's Desk
For those residing in southwest Florida, the autumnal and upcoming winter season does not bring drastic changes seen in most other parts of our country. The changing of colors in nature, the bulkier sweaters, and fireplaces being lit are some of the things that we miss. Here at Protected Harbor, however, we are excited as we move into this season of thanks. We are aware and grateful for the many blessings that come to us by sharing joyful activities with those we serve.
 
Our Spiritual Camp last month was one such activity. In collaboration with Jerry and Sharon Miller, over twenty clients were thrilled to spend three days at Trailways Camp. This was a time of fellowship, sports, crafts, worship, and rejoicing. God’s presence was felt throughout by the campers, volunteers, staff, and board members alike. We are grateful to the Miller’s, their friends, and everyone who came together and worked so hard to make this possible. We are also thankful for the generosity and support shown by our community. Beyond this, and through other successful efforts, Protected Harbor continues to meet ambitious goals to serve a growing number of God’s special people.
 
As you gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving, please accept a warm and loving embrace from all our hearts at God’s Protected Harbor. You are an extension of our family and are the reason “Behind the Smiles” of those we are serving presently and the many we will help in this coming year. Later in this newsletter, you will find a list of partners who leaned in recently and gave more support than ever so that the needs of our population would not be forgotten. For this, we praise God in gratitude and thanksgiving. 

As we approach the holiday: “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”   Colossians 3:17
Join Us for Our Annual Prayer Breakfast!
Our 10th Annual Prayer Breakfast is fast approaching! Please take a moment to purchase your tickets today. The many exciting events include our keynote speaker, David Egan. Prepare to be entertained by stories of his successful, purpose-filled life in business, government, and as an advocate raising awareness of individuals with special needs. The Prayer Breakfast will take place on Dec. 3, 2021, at the Hyatt Coconut Point. We look forward to seeing you there!
Marketing Committee Member Spotlight:
Marissa Godlewski
We are very blessed at Protected Harbor to have an eclectic group of people who are Board Members, Friends of the Board, volunteers, members of our staff, committee members, educators, and much more.

All of these people contribute using their backgrounds, their life experiences, and their professional titles. They all work together with joy, serving the residents in this ministry, whose appreciation is evident in their smiles.

Our latest addition to the Marketing Committee is Marissa Godlewski. She came to us last year in May after moving with her family from New York City. Relocating to Florida, Marissa joined Gulf Bay Group of Companies, a real estate development company, as a Principal overseeing administration and operations. Before this, Marissa worked for the Colgate-Palmolive Company in numerous management positions both in North America and Europe. Prior to Colgate-Palmolive, Marissa worked in Digital Marketing at Bloomberg Businessweek and The New York Times. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Cornell University.
Behind the Smiles: Meet Ken
Ken is one of the more recent arrivals at Protected Harbor. He joined us in August 2020 after living in a group home in Michigan, where the weather in winter is definitely not as balmy as Florida!

Since arriving, Ken has adjusted well to his surroundings and new roommates but particularly enjoys the privacy of having his own room and bathroom. He is an enthusiastic participant in all things sports-related and will try anything at least once, including baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, and vigorous walks with others. Mosaic art, STARability opportunities, and shopping trips with the staff have also become favorite activities.
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our donors.  In response to the many calls we receive asking how you can help, we are continuing our new Online Wish List.  Click the Contribution link on the left for a current list of items needed and desired for the homes.  Items are shipped directly to the homes making it even easier for those wishing to lend an extra hand of support. Visit our registry today!
Our Mission, Our Vision, Your Support
Our Mission
To provide residential and community based programs and services enhanced with Christian care, for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Vision
Our vision is that adults that want and need the Protected Harbor model for Christian care homes will have a home with Protected Harbor.

Support Our Work
We believe that God calls each of us for a very special purpose. The work He has called us to is a ministry that we embrace with our whole hearts. If you feel that God is calling you to support this special work, please consider making a contribution. 
PROTECTED HARBOR INC. IS A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (CH14174) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISITING WWW.FLORIDACONSUMERHELP.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.