SERVING THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY IN DAYTONA BEACH SINCE 2014 – 30,000 MEALS SERVED:
Since 2014 Ponce Church and many volunteers have served over 30,000 meals to the Homeless Community in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Over the years they have had the privilege of connecting with them, 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 Nina Tidwell, has had many opportunities to talk and pray with a number of the Homeless 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 young homeless woman came to Pastor Nina, took her hand and began to cry as she shared how she had been raped 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 Housing, and informed her that she would keep her informed of its progress.
Tabitha’s House of Ponce Village Homeless Women Housing:
The Tidwell family has 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.
AND THE LORD SAID…
While standing in the kitchen, 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.
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.”
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Pastor Nina Tidwell is Co-founder and Pastor of Ponce Church in Ponce Inlet along with her husband Pastor Rick Tidwell. She is also Co-author of The Main Thing and The Right Thing – by Rick Tidwell. Pastor Nina is Author of her new book: LOVE AWAKENS, 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 the homeless community.
Thank you for Supporting Ponce Village – Providing Hope for Homeless Women in our City.