From Homelessness to Family, and a Life of Renewed Hope

As she grabbed my hand, she turned away from the crowd, and with tears said, “I’m done with this life, I want off the streets!”

This is the cry of many women living on the streets.

There are more than 200 homeless women in the Daytona Beach area.

Since 2014 Ponce Church and many volunteers have served over 30,000 meals to the Homeless Community in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Pastor Nina Tidwell, has had many opportunities to talk and pray with a number of the Women, learn their names, give them hugs, and let them know they are loved.

565,000 Homeless in the USA – 40% are WOMEN:

In 2015 studies estimated there are 565,000 Homeless in the USA on any given night – 40% are Women. Over 1 Million people experience Homelessness each year.

Statistics say Domestic and Sexual Violence is the Leading Cause of Homelessness among Women and Families, and 20-50% of all Homeless Women and Children become Homeless as a direct result if fleeing domestic violence. The National Center on Family Homelessness and the National Coalition for the Homeless.

During one of their North Street events a woman came who had no shoes and only the clothes on her back. Because of the generous gifts of others they were able to provide her with a pair of shoes and a change of clothes.

A friend who had experienced Homelessness, Sleeping in her car, recently shared her story with me:

“God bless all you and your family with all you are doing sister. So beautiful, and has touched my heart greatly.

I have been Homeless and in and out of domestic violence my whole life, so this is very close to my heart because of the many times I’ve thought: What will I do, disabled, beaten down, and then my husband dies?

When I spent nights in my car thinking, should I go home or not, and what next?

You are doing more than giving a roof and food, you’re giving JESUS and Hope!

Thank you for that!”

Tabitha’s House: From Homelessness to Family and a Life of Renewed Hope:

Pastor Nina and her family have had an ongoing desire to provide Housing for Adult Homeless Women, the Widows, who have had no one to care for them. (James 1:27, Matthew 25:31-46)

Since providing meals for the homeless community, Pastor Nina developed a strong desire to not only provide a Home, but a Family, with opportunities they would not have in any other environment.  

TABITHA’S HOUSE of Ponce Village – Homeless Women Housing provides Mentorship with a live-in Godly Caretaker, at Tabitha’s House they receive the same love and care as our Legacy Family; Legacy House for age out foster girls, and soon a ranch for age out foster boys.

Pastor Nina will be involved daily, with the Love of God and counsel.

Tabitha’s House is not a temporary shelter, but a Long-Term solution providing Safe Housing, Mentorship, Spiritual Counseling; a Life of Renewed Hope.

Thank you to all of those who support Tabitha’s House, we are able to provide, just as my friend said, we’re providing MORE than a roof and food, we’re providing Hope!

This has always been my heart ever since I saw a woman sleeping on concrete, with no shoes, dirty clothes, and seemingly no hope, it was that moment when I said within myself, “That’s it! This is going to stop!” And our journey to provide a home and future for these precious women began.

If you are a woman sleeping on the streets and are looking for More than a shelter, but a long-term solution, contact me and we can talk and help you begin your New journey in Life. God loves everyone and has provided a way out of our destructive lifestyles, and offers a New Life of Renewed Hope! As I shared this message at a recent luncheon in honor of  our homeless women friends in Daytona Beach, one of the women who was homeless spoke up and said, “If they want it.” And I must say, she is absolutely right, if you are sincerely looking for help, we are here for you. As my good friend Pastor Susan of the Daytona Outreach Center said, “Your Current Condition is NOT your Position.” 

If you’re interested in learning more about Tabitha’s House, send me an email at [email protected] or call our home office at 386-308-1533. We can schedule a meeting with you and go over our Tabitha’s House application along with our Code of Conduct, and answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like to Give to Tabitha’s House of Ponce Village Homeless Women Housing, please follow the link, thank you: DONATE