Molly & Brandon's Story
A Ruth Harbor graduate's story of life change, building a family with "two dads," and navigating all of the relationships that are involved.
Molly came to Ruth Harbor in March of 2007, was 21 years old and 16 weeks pregnant. During her time the Des Moines home, God placed it on Molly's heart to turn her life around. She attended church with then house parents, Russ and Jodee Cross, and gave birth to a son whom she chose to parent.

Molly and her son continued attending church, which is where she met Brandon. Molly and Brandon joined the same Bible study group and got to know each other over the next year before they started dating. "Molly was a single mom, and I admired her ability to put family first and manage a home and family on her own,” said Brandon. 
The birth father and his family have been a part of Molly and her oldest son’s lives since the beginning, and once Molly and Brandon decided to get married, they were very intentional about keeping that relationship intact. "There were a few bumps in the road that we had to figure out, but overall we've done a pretty good job of co-parenting," said Molly. "My son calls Brandon "B" (rather than Dad), and it works for all of us."

Together Molly and Brandon have three additional children ranging in ages from 13 (Molly’s first son), a 9-1/2 year old boy, and twin girls who are age 8. One of the biggest challenges of any blended family is making sure everyone feels equally loved and equally accepted. However, Brandon and Molly’s biggest goal is to be God-honoring in everything they do. “It helps that my son and Brandon were able to build a relationship before the other kids came along,” said Molly. “When [Molly’s oldest son] is at his dad’s house, the other three kids are counting the hours until he’s back home!”

Although Molly graduated from Ruth Harbor more than 12 years ago, she stays in touch with her house parents, some of the women she lived with during her stay at Ruth Harbor, and she and Brandon even reached out to Ruth Harbor recently when they needed a new vehicle. “Ruth Harbor had been such a strong resource for me as a single mom – helping me with diapers, clothes, meals, and even connected me with someone to help repair my credit score – I thought I’d try contacting them to see if they could help.”

When Molly called and expressed their need for a new vehicle, Mark at Ruth Harbor was excited to tell them the ministry had just received a donated van. It had 260,000 miles, so everyone agreed that the vehicle would be a “temporary solution” until Brandon and Molly received their tax refund. Surprisingly, the van served Brandon and Molly’s family for another two years – long enough to enable them to pay-off their first vehicle and be financially setup to purchase a newer second vehicle!

Molly and Brandon are so thankful to Ruth Harbor for the impact the ministry has had on their lives. “Ruth Harbor has been there for us so many times,” said Molly. “Without Ruth Harbor, I would have kept trying to do things on my own instead of growing closer to the Lord. The key at Ruth Harbor is Christ – Ruth Harbor nurtured that relationship, and that is what led to everything else that’s good in my life.”
Final Walk For Life Results
Funds continued to come in after our Walk For Life Fundraiser last month and we now have a final total of $45,601. We are sharing this update with you because we know you will rejoice with us. To God be all the glory!

A big thank you to everyone who gave, walked and prayed for us during this first-of-its-kind event! It's not too late to help us reach our goal -- you can still give to the walk securely on our website .
We also had many friends of the ministry submit videos to show their support for our walk. If you missed them, visit our You Tube Channel to watch some fun montages!
Meet Our Mowing Team
Over the years we have been blessed by volunteer groups who mow the lawns at our two properties. Volunteers from Hilltop Church served us last year, and this year Ron Dorin & his daughter, Bethany, are volunteering their time to mow our Des Moines Home. They are reliable, thorough and serve with joy! Ron and Bethany have a lawn mowing and snow removal business called  From the Ground Up .
Thank you to Ron & Bethany for your service!
Join Us For Praise & Prayer
If you are interested in listening-in and/or participating in this month's Praise & Prayer Gathering, please email us at  for more information, or  visit our website  for call-in details and our latest " Praise & Prayers" list .
Our next Praise & Prayer Gathering is
Tuesday, July 7 at 5:00 p.m.
**By Phone Only*
Learn more about Ruth Harbor's
" Legacy For Life " endowment fund.

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All of our services are provided at no cost to the residents, and as an interdenominational, Christ-centered ministry, we cannot accept government funding for expenses directly related to serving our residents . We rely solely on the support of corporate and private funding to offer our services.