Well, the new year started with a bang as COVID-19 swept through Safe Harbor Jefferson County putting me flat on my back for two weeks and quarantining half the population. But we got through it with the help of our brothers from Safe Harbor Memphis and Lighthouse Corporate office who stepped in the gap and got us through . The hope of a new year still came through with new opportunities in Jesus establishing himself as Lord in many new lives at Safe Harbor.
As I write this letter, we are moving into our new offices making plans for our dedication service in our new Chapel and seeing opportunities to provide better accommodations and better services to the hurting men that come to our program.
I encourage you to pay special attention to the testimony of our Client of the Quarter, Scotty Robins. I met Scotty while ministering at Morgan County Correctional Complex several years ago and have watched how God has transformed his life and instilled meaning and purpose.
To all our prayer partners, volunteers, and supporters I thank you for your interest in seeing our men know Jesus and have the tools to live in this world apart from life controlling circumstances and incarceration. To God be the Glory!
Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Pastor David Elkins
SAFE HARBOR OF TIPTON COUNTY COMING SOON!
Safe Harbor of Tipton County is set to open June 1, 2021. Our new facility is located on a 20 acre campus, which was built in 1905 as Dunlap Orphanage. One of the founders of the orphanage said that they wanted to build a place to see little hands discover what God has for them. We are proud to continue that vision as an orphanage, the only difference is the hands are bigger!
We will be able to house 74 men in our Safe Harbor of Tipton County Program and 16 women in our Fresh Start Program at the new property in Brighton, TN. This campus will also house our Administrative Offices. We are so excited to be able to expand to this beautiful location and continue the work of Safe Harbor that was started over 25 years ago.
We want to continue to shine the Light of Jesus into the darkness of this world to see these now bigger hands discover the freedom and life God has for them! God’s ways are higher than our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. It’s overwhelming to think back to every step He ordered for this moment. We give Him glory, Amen!
CELEBRATION SUNDAY - MARCH 2021
Congratulations to our graduate, Timothy Davis!
A LOOK AROUND JEFFERSON COUNTY
Client Jarod Fisher is serious about his program and his homework! Last week when he got off of third shift he hit the books.
Was finally able to present our award to our Partner of the Year 2020 to D&S' Director of Operations John Matthews! And what a partner they are! Top Corporate Donor for BITS, providing building materials for program building projects; including all flooring for our new chapel, laundry and bathrooms. Along with being one of our leading employers.
Thank you D&S for being a true partner to Safe Harbor JC!
Giving a big shout out to the SHJC guys who volunteered to help RAM USA "Remote Area Medical" a non profit that provides medical services to the needy. Health, Vision, and Dental.
Super Bowl 2021 - WOW what a Super Bowl Party !!! Thank you to the Fishers who overwhelmed us with Pizza, snacks, homemade brownies and cookies!! also Thanks Jeanne for that delicious Cake you made.
A weekend full of meetings, store runs, Praise & Worship, and wonderful food!
STAFF SPOTLIGHT - JEANNE WILLIAMS
Jeanne joined our team in November and has become a very valuable member. Assuming the duties of admissions and payroll like she has done it forever!
She brightens the office with her cheerful smile and attitude, therefore Jeanne Williams is our spotlight Staff of the Quarter.
CELEBRATION SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 2021
Congratulations to our graduates - Jeff Carter, Ralph Crabtree, Charles Spurgeon, & Nicholas Yelverton!
Reliable of the Month is Brandon Ketron. Congrats!
Client of the Month is Daniel Clark. Congrats
Client Volunteer of the Month is Glenn Maculewicz. Congrats
PARTNER OF THE QUARTER - OAK TENN
Oak Tenn is partner of the quarter because of there desire to advance our purpose in the lives of our clients. The whole crew at Oak Tenn is easy to work with and supportive.
We look forward to many years partnering with Oak Tenn and pray their season a huge success!
CLIENT OF THE QUARTER - SCOTTY ROBBINS
"My name is Scotty Robins and I have never lived life with much hope. I was not a good son, I was not good brother, and I have not been a good father. I joined a gang early on and thought that gave me meaning but wound up in and out of prison all my adult life. I never thought I would ever have any success or any chance at living a normal life.
One day in 2019 a man told me about Jesus, and I asked Him to forgive me of my sins and save me. Not long after that I met David Elkins when he was speaking at my class, and he invited me to his disciple group, so I went. I found out about Safe Harbor Jefferson County and applied to come. I didn't understand who Jesus was and what He wanted to do in my life when I got here but what I found was men encouraging me and showing me what it means to be a son of God.
As I prepare to graduate in a couple of months I have a steady job with the future, I have opportunity to move to the graduate house, but more than ever I have an opportunity to live life free!
For the first time in my life, I look forward to what the tomorrow brings and I want to thank Safe Harbor for showing me how to live."
CELEBRATION SUNDAY - JANURARY 2021
Congrats to our graduates - Austin Grooms & Frankie Barney!!!
BATTLE IN THE SADDLE 2021
Our 2021 Battle in the Saddle Champion is Katie Jo Keller & Ima Fiddleplayer Too of Mulberry, AR.
We had a total of 1900 entries over the weekend. 1,101 runs in the Open, 139 runs in the Young Guns, 31 KK Run for Vegas Qualifiers, and 61 in the poles. Our total payout for 2021 was $83,730.50!
Thank you to everyone who made this show possible - our sponsors, our staff, our vendors, contestants and your families.
Thank you to the Agricenter Showplace Arena, Manager Jamie White, & his staff for keeping the facility top notch for all of us to enjoy.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting our event:
The Lodge at Five Oaks
Clegherns Piggly Wiggly of Erin
Netgain Mobile Diagnostics
Jim & Sue Oaks
Carter Funding Corporation
IGA - Insurance Group of America
Jackson Tire & Alignment
Deborah Lane - Iberia Mortgage Loan Officer
Thank you to First Choice Farm & Lawn for use of the Kubota tractors and Randy Prince for the use of The Drag Queen Arena Drags. We have some of the best tractor drivers in the business. Thank you Travis Childress, JJ Bryant, Rodney Ervin, & Maddox Pinner for keeping the ground so consistent all weekend.
Thank you to Josh & Cassie Morton for bringing the Poles and for helping to get everything set up.
Thank you to those who carried flags opening up each day, and thank you to Sharlee Shumpert for singing our National Anthem.
Thank you to our vendors for giving us all somewhere to spend our money on your great products and services! Thank you JHA Saddle & Tack for donating a 5 Star Pad for the Raffle Giveaway!
Thank you TN Equine Hospital of Eads for being our on-site vet for the weekend.
Thank you to Brent Puhl with Puhl's Photography for the long hours behind the camera, and for providing us with a live webcast for those who can't be there to watch!
As we all know it takes everyone to have an event like this. There are so many thank you's to give out. We will have everything figured soon to see what 2021's show raised for Safe Harbor. You will never know the impact you are having while you are just enjoying what you do with your friends, your families, and your horses! You are investing in so many lives, most you will never even see or know. From all of us at Safe Harbor & Battle in the Saddle THANK YOU and we will see you next year.
Mark the dates in your calendar - Jan 14 - 16, 2022 at the Agricenter Showplace Arena in Cordova, TN!