Since 2014 Ponce Church has served over 30,000 meals to the Homeless at 320 North Street every Saturday in Daytona Beach.
Over the years they have had the privilege of connecting with Homeless individuals, look them in the eyes and smile. Some choose to not look up for fear of being judged, but when they do lift their head they meet love – A love that points no fingers; a love that says, You are Welcome here.
Pastor Rick Tidwell and his wife Nina Tidwell, has had many opportunities to talk to and pray with a number of the Homeless, learn their names and let them know they are loved.
In 2015 studies estimated there are 565,000 homeless in the USA on any given night – 40% (nearly half) 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 National Coalition for the Homeless.)
During one of their North Street events a woman who was fleeing a domestic violence situation – came to North Street during one of our Saturday distribution of meals with 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 clothing that she needed.
One young homeless woman came to Pastor Nina, took her hand and began to cry as she shared how she had been sexually assaulted the week prior. The woman told her she wants off the streets. Pastor Nina then assured her that preparations were being made to launch Ponce Village – Homeless Women Housing, and informed her that she would keep her informed of its progress.
Pastor Nina and her family have had an ongoing desire to provide housing for the Homeless Women, including those who are looking to get out of their destructive relationships and lifestyles.
TABITHA’S HOUSE of Ponce Village, is not a temporary shelter, but a Long-Term solution. 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 APPLICATION
AND THE LORD SAID…
While standing in the kitchen last week the Lord spoke to me and said, “I Love the Homeless Women just as much as I love the orphan. They have been crying out to Me for a very long time.” He then proceeded and said, “I have a home for them and I have put people in place with the resources to do it.” And then He said something I’d never heard Him say to me before: “Thank you for continuing to help them.” And I thought, Lord, you’re thanking me? And encouraged me to keep sharing the Vision.
HOPE House of Ponce Village Homeless Women Housing will provide Mentorship (with a live-in Godly house mother.) I will be involved daily and provide Godly counsel. These women will not be left to themselves. They will receive the same Love and Care as our Legacy Family.
The LORD replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the Poor. Now I will rise up to Rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”
Nina Tidwell is Co-founder and Pastor of Ponce Church in Ponce Inlet along with her husband Pastor Rick Tidwell, Founder of Ponce Church. She is also Co-author of The Main Thing and The Right Thing – by Rick Tidwell, and her new book, LOVE AWAKENS available at LoveAwakens.org
If you are reading this and are in danger of abuse please call 911, get out and seek safety. Also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
At, Ponce Church we are active serving our homeless community.
Thank you for supporting Ponce Village and Help Provide Hope for Homeless Women and men in the Daytona Beach area and surrounding cities.
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