The latest news from Safe Harbor of Jefferson County
At Safe Harbor, our top priority is the health and safety of our clients and staff members. We are taking every precaution to minimize exposure risk, in accordance with CDC guidelines and the recommendations of local public health agencies. Our teams have implemented specific coronavirus protocol for our campuses in order to not only protect our current clients and staff, but also those looking to start their recovery journey. As of April 27, 2020 we are, once again, accepting new clients at our locations which include Memphis, Erin, Bucksnort, & Jefferson County, TN and Little Rock, AR. Any new client must have a recommendation form filled out before being considered. This can be filled out by a family member, government agency, church, etc. Our protocol includes such measures: • Revised Intake Screening • Separated living for new clients that are accepted into our program • Thorough cleaning and sanitation of campuses and supplies on a regular basis • Asking staff to remain home if they exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus • Continued monitoring of all clients’ health • Reducing the amount of close contact among clients and staff Regardless of your location, recovery with a more controlled environment may be a safer place than your current living situation. We are here to help and are committed to supporting our community during these times.
Celebration Sunday - September 2020 Congrats to our graduates; Noah Hampton & Christopher Proctor!
Congratulations to our Reliable of the Month - Bill Vanderwege!
Our Client of the Month is Mark Reed. Congrats!
The Client Volunteer of the Month is James Tharpe. Congratulations!
Our Staff Member of the Month is Chris Smith. Congrats!
Dorm of the Month went to the Nahum Dorm. Congratulations on a job well done!
Our Partner D&S Builders continue to bless us with donations. Over 100 assembly chairs, 20 office chairs, vinyl and ceramic floor tile! What an amazing company and group of people!
Baptism & BBQ Weekend We had a great time this weekend at our Baptism & BBQ. It was wonderful to see everyone!
Upcoming Event: Mark your calendars for July 11 at 12 pm and join us for Baptism & BBQ at the Cherokee Lake Recreation Area! We would love to share a special day with you and your families. Come meet the staff of Safe Harbor of Jefferson County!
We appreciate our Director. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed!
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Testimony Tuesday: Ashford Hastings Intake pic - 02/14/2020 Current pic - 06/29/2020 “My name is Ashford Hastings. I was born on February 7, 1980, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Kansas City. By the age of 12, I began smoking weed and drinking alcohol. Honestly, this wasn't abnormal for the environment I grew up in. By the age of 16, I moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with my dad, and my life went downhill. I started hanging out in the streets, where I began to use harder drugs. I began using and selling cocaine through my 20s. At age 25 I attempted to get my life right and live a life free from drugs, a couple of days in my older brother got murdered; when this happened, I didn't know what to do or how to cope with my loss. I quickly turned back to the only thing I knew, and that was getting high. I ran from my grief and numbed my pain with drugs. The lifestyle I was living only produced poor choices; my poor choices produced consequences through the remainder of my 30s I was in and out of prison. By the age of 40, my poor decisions got me a possible 6-year sentence. At this point, I had enough, and I wanted to change my life. Out of the 6-year sentence, I only had to be incarcerated for 13 months. When I was incarcerated, I began to seek God, and that's when I met David Elkins, who led me to Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor is where I reconnected with God. God has set me free from addiction, took my broken life, and made me new. I now have a secure job; that will enable me to establish myself after I graduate. I can now feel confident moving forward because I have God walking beside me! Thank you Safe Harbor for guiding me into a relationship with God, it is only because of God that I have a new life and have become a better man. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Religion vs Relationship John 3 Nicodemus approaches Jesus on an academic level and Jesus never reveals His Messianic identity to Nicodemus. John 4 the woman at the well had an encounter where Jesus tells her "I am He" revealing his Messianic identity to her because she approached Him on an intimate level. Which approach will you take? Do you want to know about Him or know Him? Your approach will determine your encounter! #knowhim #goodgreatlegendary #intimacy
Celebration Sunday - June 2020 Congratulations to our graduate, Earnest Collier!
Congratulations to our Reliable of the Month, Daniel Spier!
Our Client of the Month is Andrew Hansen. Congratulations!
Our Client Volunteer of the Month is Ritchie Vanderbilt. Congrats!
Pastor David Elkins brought a powerful word this Sunday morning, June 21, 2020! 1 Salvation! Luke 15:3-7 English Standard Version (ESV) 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Renovation Update: The front is closed up and the awning is complete!
Testimony Tuesday: Robert Massey Intake pic - 02/13/2020 Current pic - 06/15/2020
“When I first got out of jail, I had no place to go until I was given a chance at Safe Harbor of Jefferson county. Coming to Safe Harbor of Jefferson County is the best thing I've done in a long time. The program has helped me let go of the pain, stress, and anger that broke me down daily. When I got to Safe Harbor, I was consumed with shame and guilt, and I was continually beating myself up. I lost my relationship with God for such a long time, and I've finally got that back. Since I've established my relationship with God, He’s taken all the stress, hate, pain, and anger away from me. With all that He’s set me free from, I can finally feel good about myself again. For once, I'm actually happy! I am grateful I came to Safe Harbor. I want to thank Safe Harbor and the staff for helping me find my way back to God and taking all the pain away.”
Thank you to Marvin Espey for the amazing worship. What a powerful encounter with our God. At least 15 salvations!
David bringing forth the Word Sunday
A special thanks to Joe Miller for his dedication to teaching our Thursday evening Fatherhood class. Our men truly appreciate his wisdom and his heart!
So much progress!!! So thankful for everyone's hard work! Safe Harbor J.C is very exited about our Multi Purpose building!
Testimony Tuesday: Jordan Coleman Intake pic - 04/17/2020 Current pic - 06/01/2020 "My name is Jordan Coleman. I am 23 years old, and I was born and raised in Kingsport, Tn. I grew up up in a lot of different households, earliest being with my mom and dad, to my grandparents and granny. Back and forth, so stabilization was never there for me. My grandparents ran a baptized children's home for 20 years, and at 15, I decided to move back in with my mom so that I could have more freedom. That was the decision that changed my entire life. I started smoking weed, using pills, to using meth. I spiraled out of control and ended up getting into trouble, got I got sentenced to a 2 1/2yr sentence at 19 years old. I got put on state probation and kicked back out. Like a dummy, I violated my state probation, so I was on the run. Then I met the woman who set my soul on fire. Cassie and her family took me in as one of there own and gave me what I was looking for, acceptance. Three months go by, and we got the news we were going to have a little boy. As soon as I got the news, June 18th, 2018, I went and done my entire sentence, hoping to be out to see my son born. That didn't happen. I missed the whole pregnancy and the first eight months of his life. My Christmas eve miracle was born, and his daddy sat in prison. You would think that would be enough to change a man, right? But nothing is ever that simple for me... I got out and met my son for the first time August 5th, 2019. I got a job, was working trying to do right, but trouble always finds me. I got spun back out and was kicked out away from my family in 2 months. And this time was the worst of all. I was shooting up ten times a day, if not more, just in a deep black hole of self-pity. Then the worst night of my life happened. I'm not going to go into details, let's say it opened my eyes. I went and laid down in front of a hospital door, and told them I wasn't leaving until they got me help. That's the day I called David Elkins. I called several rehabs and was turned down by everyone. Until David answered the phone. Without hesitation, he told me to come to a safe harbor. The day I arrived, I knew this was where I needed to be. It just felt right. God spoke to me, and for the first time in a long time, I listened. Safe Harbor has been the biggest blessing to me, to my mind, to my spirit, just my whole self. I'm learning how to be a man with God's help . I'm learning all the steps and ways to prevent going back to the place I was at and putting that boy underneath my feet so I can walk on him every day a new man with God. I honestly don't know where I would be at right now without my savior Jesus Christ, and all the men here helping me on this journey. Probably dead, leaving my son without his daddy, and his mother without her other half. Its a process, recovery isn't easy, but with God, anything is possible. I hope this can help someone who is struggling like I was. I promise it's possible. Philippians 4:12-13 12 know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
Finally dry enough to get our garden in for Jefferson County!
Testimony Tuesday: Richard Vanderbilt Intake pic - 04/13/2020 Current pic - 05/25/2020 "My name is Ritch Vanderbilt and I'm 49 years old. I was born and raised in Ohio. In spite of having 2 loving parents who did the absolute best they could raising a child with having their own hearing impaired disability, I didn't turn out to be quite the man/son they'd hoped for. I had moments, months, seasons if you will, where it looked like I was headed in the right direction but I always managed to eventually make the wrong decision or just give up after awhile. In my teens and twenties I battled a couple of other addictions that I didn't understand were addictions at the time. I eventually overcame both but always remained an occasional drinker. In my thirties I had found my calling in car sales. I would go on over the next 10 years to make 6 figures each year, meet and marry my best friend. Raising her/our 2 children and we would have our own child also. It was what I felt life was always meant to be. However, the stressors of life turned my occasional beer into 2 then 3 and eventually were just a couple 3 before bed each night "to help me sleep". It would often become a point of contention in my marriage so I switched to vodka hoping for less of a smell and quicker buzz. That worked for awhile...but it progressed. Over the next 3 years it progressed until I was placed into a coma to combat withdrawal symptoms. Up to this point, I'd been successful at quitting things I'd put my mind to and now it was time to quit drinking. For awhile I did, but eventually returned. Quit again and returned. This vicious cycle played a loop over and over and over. I lost my best friend to divorce, my kids respect, admiration and affection. Countless jobs, my cars, home, 401k etc. Everything. The only thing that could numb my pain and help me to fill this empty void I'd always felt my whole life was vodka. I'd become a slave to it and I begged it to kill me time after time to stop the feelings of guilt and shame. Homeless, sleeping under any canopy/bridge I could find and panhandling to eat and buy vodka had become my new normal. Often the pain and shame was something so unbearable that I wanted to end it all. I entered a hospital in Chattanooga and was honest with someone for the first time in a long time. They detoxed me from alcohol and got me in touch with Safe Harbor. When I got here I had made my mind up to be honest and to dive in. Through the programs and classes here I've been put to work, I have a savings account, I've met and developed friendships with people who have similar backgrounds. But the single, biggest transformation in my life has been getting to know God. The real Yahweh. I'm being taught what it means to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm reading about how he took people with a similar background as mine and sometimes worse...and did great, miraculous things in and through them. I'm learning what my value, potential and purpose is in Christ. I was created for communion with God and nothing else. The biggest revelation I've had here is I've always been chasing money, alcohol or relationships to fill a void in my soul that only Jesus can fill. It makes no sense to me how I'm at complete peace today with something I can't see or touch. I wish I could articulate it so that it makes sense but I can't make sense of it myself. I just know I'm redeemed, I can stop carrying my sack of shame, remorse and regret. I sincerely wake up and ask God for 1 thing each day: "Show me how I can serve you." I came here with the clothes on my back but feel deeply enriched with the blessings He pours out on me. Everything I've ever chased progressed until it consumed me. All my addictions and especially alcohol were never going to fill that hole that was meant for Him. It's my hope that I can continue to pursue Him with even more passion until I'm completely consumed by the One, who set the captives free. Thanks for letting me share my victory with you. In Christ, Ritch"
Happy Memorial Day!! BBQ & Cornhole Tournament. Winners Tim Duncan & Noah Hampton!
Blessed with bread and pastries for two weeks. God is good!
Celebration Sunday - May 2020 Congratulations to our Graduates; Sean Ash, Marcus Franklin, Justin Hammock, Michael Smith, Cody Shepherd, & Charles Beauchamp-Freeman!
Our Reliable of the Month was Christopher Proctor!
Congratulations to our Client of the Month, Wade Woolman!
Our Client Volunteer of the Month is Noah Hampton.
More pics from our Celebration Sunday
Testimony Tuesday: Charles BeauChamp Intake pic - 11/06/2019 Current pic - 04/27/2020
"When I came to Safe Harbor, I just got out of prison after completing a 3 1/2 year sentence. The world had changed, and I didn't think I was going to be able to jump back into society. At first, I didn't know if I was going to make it; I was hotheaded and still had a prison mentality. Since coming to Safe Harbor, I've come to the conclusion that's no way to live if I want to follow God and reestablish my life. At Safe Harbor, I've got to know a lot of people who've had a more difficult life than I've had, so I've learned to be content with what I have.
Safe Harbor has changed my life! I have established a relationship with God; by doing so, I've found he was what I was missing. I've learned to care for myself and others. I've learned what I have come here to learn, and that's how to be a productive member of society. At this point, I am confident I'm able to take care of myself my family and not go back to prison. Thank you Safe Harbor!
Philippians 3:12 English Standard Version (ESV 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own."
Employee Spotlight: Today's shout goes to Jeff Weyant. Jeff came to us about August of 2006 in Nashville. Jeff has served this Ministry with the upmost class his entire career here. He has worked in the maintenance department in Nashville and now in Jefferson County. He is a very talented man when it comes to fixing and building things as well as mentoring clients in the program. When he first came to us as a client in the program, he worked tirelessly to better himself and turn his life around. That was 14 years ago! Great job Jeff we appreciate you and all the hard work and dedication you display each and every day!
Celebration Sunday - April 2020 Congratulations to our graduates; Ricky Ashley, James Singleton, Caleb Grimes, Charles Raulston, & Charles Young!
Our Reliable of the Month is Robert Massey! Congrats!
Client of the Month went to Ashford Hastings! Congratulations
Client Volunteer of the Month is Marcus Franklin! Congrats!
More pics from our Celebration Sunday!
Easter Weekend at JC Our day on the farm has been eventful! It's a blessing to see our men with a smile on their faces! Horseshoe, Chess, Spades, and BBQ. Horseshoe tournament winners- Tim Duncan & Noah Hampton Chess tournament winner- Vincent Willoughby Spade tournament winners - Charles Beauchamp & Vincent Willoughby
What a powerful message the Holy spirit delivered through Pastor David this morning, and a delicious Easter meal being prepared! Our guys truly appreciate his heart to serve!
"Safe Harbor of Jefferson County is doing tremendous work getting their new chapel built and completing numerous projects around property. An excellent team you've got there Director!" - Jonathan Newcomb, Regional Director
Testimony Tuesday: Wade Woolman Intake pic - 02/25/2020 Current pic - 04/12/2020 "My name is Wade Woolman, I was born on January 9, 2020. My life was pretty normal growing up. I grew up in a normal home with my mom, dad, and sister. Life was good until my parents divorced at the age of 12, and my family became broken. I went with my dad, and my sister went with my mom. At the age of 13, I started smoking pot and drinking. This led me to much harder drugs. At the age of 23, I was sent to prison for 24 months. 3 days after my conviction, my mom committed suicide. Life at this point was dark. When I was released, I came home to the love of my life, which is now my wife. We have 2 girls now, and life was almost perfect until the devil showed back up in my life, and I started to use drugs and alcohol. Once again, I was strung out and broken. I went to rehab for 14 days, to come home and go right back to using drugs and alcohol. At this point, my life was crumbling, my wife was on the verge of leaving me, and she ended up putting me out my own house. On February 21, 2020, my life took a turn for the better! A close friend of mine who works for the state of Tennessee, who also is in ministry reached out her hand to help me in my time of desperate need. She immediately began searching for a rehab that could help me, within 24 hours she sent me a number to David Elkins, the director over Safe Harbor of Jefferson County. With the 15-minute phone interview, I could tell that this was the place I needed to be. On February 25, 2020, I arrived at Safe Harbor of Jefferson County. Upon my arrival at the farm, I met David Elkins and his staff Chris, Chaplain Jay, Jeff, and Carson. They were more than welcoming and very helpful to get me settled. From that point forward, These men of God began to teach, and show me how to live a life with Jesus being the center point of life its self. Within the first day of coming to Safe Harbor, I knew that my Lord and Savior was not finished with me; in fact, it was just the beginning. On February 29, 2020, at the end of the Sunday morning Chapel service, I responded to the altar call and rededicated my life. From that moment, it was like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. The void I was trying to fill got filled. A sense of peace, happiness, and comfort filled my heart. From that day, I've been pursing my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with everything I have. My relationship with Christ grows on a moment to moment to basis. I walk and talk with him in everything I do. All I can say is thanks to Safe Harbor of Jefferson County staff, which lead me back to God. All praise and glory be to God, who makes all things possible! Romans 8:26-31 English Standard Version (ESV) 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[b] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified."
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming! Spoiler Alert: The tomb was empty
Tough times don’t last, but tough people do! There is no give up here!
Clients & staff working together Wednesday as we prepare for our Easter weekend!
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Spring Revival scheduled for the week of 4/5/2020 is being rescheduled. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will update as soon as we have further information.
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Testimony Tuesday: Vincent Willoughby Intake pic - 01/22/2020 Current pic - 03/23/2020 "My life before knowing God consisted of hate, anger, jealousy, strife, and depression. To me, that was a normal life. I had no idea how wrong I was. The only thing I did know is that I had an empty place in my heart. My life was in chaos, and I was oblivious to how my lifestyle was affecting the people I cared for most. My life had become unmanageable; I was unstable in all my ways; my lifestyle consisted of drugs, alcohol, and women. I ignored my responsibilities as a man and neglected the ones I was supposed to take care of. 2016 I completely lost control of my life, I committed a violent crime, and I was facing 35 years in prison. At this moment in my life, I had completely given up, and I no longer cared about anything or anyone. Then a miracle happened; God showed up and defended me; I received an 8-year sentence with the possibility of parole. For me, eight years was a demonstration of God's grace, considering the 35 I was facing. April 2016, I began my sentence. While in prison, I started reading my Bible, and I slowly began to learn who God was. For so long, I had a distorted understanding of God, but by his grace and mercy, He showed me who He is and why I needed him. As my relationship with God continued to grow, my parole hearing date got closer. At this time, I had applied to different halfway houses and programs, some of which I had received acceptance letters from, but for some reason, I was unsure about them. During this time, I was attending David Elkins Safe Harbor class, during one of his classes, he spoke about the program and all that God was doing in Jefferson county. Immediately I was interested, so after some time in prayer, I sent an application in for Safe Harbor of Jefferson County. The time my parole hearing came I had forgotten all about submitting my application, I also found myself in a state of panic, my parole hearing was here, and I had no idea what I was going to do or where I was going to go. So I did the only thing I knew to do, I went to the Father and asked for guidance, his answer came in the form of a letter through the mail. I received an acceptance letter from Safe Harbor of Jefferson County. On January 22nd, 2020, I started my new life at Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor has helped me in many areas of my life; the program has given me structure and has made me aware of my real value through the Gospel of Jesus Christ they advocate. Safe Harbor has given me a new perspective on life, and it has also given me the tools necessary to be a productive member of society. I've learned to stay focused on my faith during hard times. Safe Harbor's staff has shown me people do care, and they're willing to drop whatever they're doing and help when I need help. I feel that the tools received from Safe Harbor, and my confidence in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my life is whole and will be prosperous. I want to thank Safe Harbor for their help, guidance, and tools they have given me. I will be forever thankful for God, showing me the way to Safe Harbor. I'm a better man today, and it's only because of God's grace, mercy, and love."
Celebration Sunday March 2020 Congratulations to our graduates; Delante Winder, J'Allen Stokes, Joshua Eckert, Justin Goodwin, & Michael Davis!
Our Reliable of the Month went to Justin Hammock! Congrats
Our Client of the Month was Vincent Willoughby. Congrats!
Our Client Volunteer of the Month was Jimmy Walker! Congratulations
Testimony Tuesday: Michael Davis Intake pic - 09/03/2019 Current pic - 03/09/2020￼ “I was using drugs and alcohol. I couldn't seem to stop, and I felt like I was going to die or end up in prison because of my drug use. I cried out to Father Yah.. please help me. Whatever it takes, I don't care. I do not want to end up in prison or dead. I do not want to spend eternity in everlasting fire. I lost my apartment; I lost my job, and I kept getting kicked out of halfway houses because of my drug use. Please, Father Yah, I cried out. I was sleeping in my car, no job, no money, so I picked up my phone and called Safe Harbor. Just like the eagle, when it gets old, 40 years old. It has a choice to either fall into the ocean and die, or it has an opportunity to find a mountain top, stay there and pluck out its old worn-out feathers, pull its old beaten up claws out, then the eagle takes its beak and beats it against the rocks knocking the old chipped up beak off. There it grows new feathers, strong new claws, and a long sharp, powerful beak. now the eagle has a new body and 40 more years to soar the skies above. (I was at work one day talking to Father yah, and he said .. my child, this is what I have done for you .. precisely what the eagle has done. I sat you down in the mountains, to sober up, take the old off, renew your mind and body. I got humble, asked for forgiveness of my sins, and said Father let your will be done. Today I am a spirit-filled believer in Father Yah, the highest, the creator of everything, the first and last, the I am that I am and a faithful follower of the Messiah Yeshua, his son. Today I am set apart and from this world of filthy sin and lies.”
God's love says you're worth it. The cross is not the revelation of how disgusting you were; it's the revelation of how valuable you are to the Father. 12 Men said they're tired of running away from God Sunday morning, and made the decision to give their life to the LORD Jesus Christ. So thankful for the Love of the Father!
Testimony Tuesday: Cody Shepherd Intake pic - 11/08/2019 Current pic - 02/24/2020 " I was born in Manchester, TN, raised in Franklin County, TN. At the age of 17, I was in a car accident that ended my baseball career. Being prescribed painkillers for 9 months replaced my drive to play baseball. For ten years, I battled with an opiate and benzo addiction, which lead me to meth addiction. December 2018, I was accused of theft, which was the day my life was saved. I did 1 year in jail; I was released from jail for two weeks before getting arrested for probation violation. After serving a couple of months, God spoke to me about selling myself short by being a drug addict. I know I have a purpose in this life because God has kept me alive, even tho I was living a life in sin. Since coming to Safe Harbor, my life has done a 180 turn around. I have built a relationship with God. I now have the structure in my life I've needed. I have a purpose and a passion for why I wake up every day. For the first time, my life is finally coming together. I'm a stronger person now that I have surrendered my life to God. I am very grateful to have been given a second chance in life. I genuinely believe now that I have placed God in the center of my life that I will be successful. Thank you, Safe Harbor, for showing me that there's a better life to live."
Team work on a Saturday morning!
Employee Spotlight Joseph Messer - Chaplain Hire Date: 02/03/2020 Q: How did you learn about Safe Harbor? A: I graduated from Safe Harbor of Erin. Q: If you could give advice to someone who is struggling with the same things you have struggled with in the past, what would you tell them? A: Relationship over everything! Jesus gave us two commandments to follow, the first being “ love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul with all you’re your mind.” I’m not talking about going through the motions of religion (church, following a list of to do’s and don’ts, trying to be a better person). Religion will not get you very far. In order to fall in love with someone we must first get to know them. Above everything God wants our hearts, I’ve found that everything is a overflow from my time spent with him. It was in his presence that I found freedom from my Heroin addiction. Everything I am, everything I do is a product of my relationship with God. I say all of that to say this- Don’t treat God like a priority, put him in the center of your priorities. Relationship over everything! I promise everything else will fall into place! Q: Why did you choose Safe Harbor for employment? A: I chose Safe Harbor for employment for numerous amount of reasons. The main reason would be Purpose, I knew that my employment would produce much more than just a paycheck, my employment produces changed lives, new men, new husbands, new fathers and most importantly saved souls. Q: What is your goal while working with Safe Harbor? A: To advocate a new life, a life that produces freedom, love, peace and joy. To make Disciples, recreate what God has done in my life. Equip these men with the knowledge and tools necessary to go back to their families, communities and recreate what God has done for them (make more Disciples). Q: What is one word you would choose to describe SH? A: Family
Due to recent graduations and an addition to our campus, we have 12 available beds at Safe Harbor of Jefferson County. You can contact us at 865-375-0382 and speak with Admissions or visit us online at https://www.safeharborjc.org/contact-us.html
Celebration Sunday - February 2020 Congratulations to our graduates; Everett Perrine, Curtis Smith, Lamon Frizell, & Nickolaus Lafever. The Client Volunteer of the Month was Ricky Ashley. Congrats! Special thanks to Buffat Heights Baptist church for providing Dinner!
Testimony Tuesday: Alexander Baity Intake pic - 10/25/2019 Current pic - 02/10/2020 "I was born in Oak Ridge, Tn. I was born in October of 1988. I came from a very loving and secure home. My Mother, who is a very strong Christian woman, introduced me to Jesus when I was very young. I developed very strong Christian beliefs in my younger days. When I was 16 I was introduced to alcohol. Alcohol was never really an issue, I do feel like it opened the door to use a substance to cope with my issues. I was 18 when I began my college years at UTK, I had huge goals for my future. When I was 22 years old I was introduced to Heroin. At first, I used Heroin because I enjoyed the high, very soon after I found myself using heroin to avoid dealing with life. For years I avoided life and the issues that came with it by getting high. During those years I dropped out of college, I lost jobs, relationships, and I became broken. Soon I had started getting in trouble with the law. During my 2 year sentence in 2018, I decided to rededicate my life to Christ. August 2019 I was released from Knox County Jail. I contacted David Elkins, who I had known for several years. David had never given up on me when everyone else had. He accepted me into his ministry without hesitation. I've been at Safe Harbor for nearly 6 months now. I've developed many friendships, that I consider brothers in the faith. I have also grown closer to God. I have rediscovered purpose in my life and cease to make the poor decisions I've made for more than half of my life. I would like to give thanks to Safe Harbor and its staff for all that they do. Today I live with purpose, not an addiction!"
Celebration Sunday - January 2020 Congrats to our graduates; Joe Arnwine, Daniel Speir, & Alen Ellis.Our Reliable of the Month was Cody Shepherd. Our Client of the Month was Earnest Collier. Our Client Volunteer of the Month was Sean Ash. Dorm of the Month went to the Ezekiel Dorm.
New Year's Eve Celebration Reliable Director, Carson Danley, got the guys rounded up for a New Years Wve full of sobriety and friendly competition. We hosted a Spades tournament, Pool Tournament, Monopoly, and a mix of other games and festivities. The winners of each contest received a $25 gift card. Most importantly we had zero clients go AWOL, fail a drug test, or breathalyzer. Sounds like a Happy New Year to me! Great job! - Admissions Coordinator, Jordan Lane
"The Most High has always been with me, closer at times than others. I'm guilty of putting Him on hold from time to time.
I've searched all my life for something more. For my purpose, asking myself why and what am I to do here on earth. Always becoming impatient. Then returning back to relying on myself. It's the only way I knew.
I've been praying for a change. I knew I had to get away from my environment. Some place to be able to talk to God change. Make a new start. God gave me Safe Harbor New Market. I needed a based on Christ facility.
I asked to come here and Jesus made it happen. Since arriving here it's been one blessing after another. I was almost barefoot & naked when I got here. Safe Harbor rose to the occasion. They have given me hope in life, in myself and in others. Showing love and compassion.
It's been a struggle for me on my own. For a long time I've known I need to put Jesus first, to love him with all my heart and soul. I found a way to do that here. Submit it all and be patient and to be obedient to God. This brings me awareness, compassion, & direction. I feel Jesus here. I've been so blessed since I've been at Safe Harbor.
I have a reliability partner now. He had to value my values to be truthful and able to manage commitments. I don't have a sponsor yet. By giving God a real chance He is showing me His love for me. Blessing after blessing. For this He has brought a new man in me, in just this short amount of time.
Christmas 2019 We had a great Christmas Dinner in Jefferson County! Hats off to our cook Everett for making this happen. God has blessed us with a great group of clients that are very thankful to be here!
Testimony Tuesday: Sean Ash Intake pic - 11/13/2019 Current pic - 12/23/2019 "I grew up Seventh Day Adventist church and my mom loved Jesus. She was dying of cancer and did not plan to have me. I had a lot of great times with my mom. She had a very caring and peaceful nature about her. After she died, the church kind of dwindled away. All the people I had spent time with and had known my mom moved or stopped going to church. I was 9 when she passed. I stopped going to church and my dad remarried. I became very depressed and did things and behaviors I still battle with to this day. At 14 I moved to Knoxville and I never really thought about God. I was more concerned with fitting in, drugs, and girls. I became very lost and confused. I ended up going to military school and once again felt very lost. I developed an ego dystonic personality and lost all connection with everyone. I started commercial fishing and I began to feel a sense of shame and a void I could not fill. I moved away to Chicago at 18 and quickly turned to drugs and alcohol. I went to jail for 9 months and I felt I had screwed up my life. I fished for a few years and ended up in a ranch ministry in Oregon. I found Jesus there and got a job at a ministry. For a year & a half I followed Jesus, made great friends and got in great shape physically. One night I got in a fight at a bar and I came clean to the staff I had fallen away from God. I ended up just trying to scrounge up the pieces and moved to Eugene, OR. I quickly became addicted to heroin again and I went downhill quickly. After that I cam back to Knoxville and I went to rehab. I chose Jesus as my higher power, but I became confused with what God wanted and what the world told me I needed to do. I never found peace not did I repair myself or my relationships. I just slowly lived in a mundane and unfulfilling life. I went back fishing and went back to Oregon. I just wanted to party. I went back and forth until one year I came back ready to find myself with a hope and confidence in myself. I ended up renting a room on craigslist and partied. I started to change into a more spiritually open minded person. One night I took an ounce of mushrooms and I had a demonic trip. I felt a terrible spirit try to enter me. I cried out to God and grabbed my silver necklace cross. I saw hell and other terrible things. I felt I almost had died. The next day I felt people watching me and was very spiritually aware. I noticed cultists and wiccars everywhere and I had bizzare things happen to me. The cross I had grabbed had my thumbprint in black tarnish on it. I made my way back to the ranch. I studied intensely. I filled notebook with commentary and bible verses. I looked into all the questions I had and I walked with the Lord in the back pastures. After a few months I went to Portland and got a job as a HVAC technician. I began drinking and smoking. My life quickly fell apart and I pushed everyone away, as well as God. After that I went to California. I ended up at a homeless shelter and went back to fentynal. I planned on overdosing. One day I broke down and realized I had nothing to live for. I came back home and I just wanted to live a simple existence near my family. I became isolated and scared. I trusted no one and went through a couple halfway houses. I tried the steps again and began to become open to God again. I moved our and immediately started drinking and smoking. One night I became very troubled and went out cult hunting. I was a heart beat up and on the way home I slammed my truck into a telephone pole because I didn't care anymore. After I got home I went into a dark place. I got an electric guitar and started to drink and do drugs all day long. I began to play for hours and would frequently outburst in fits of rage. I started to feel very dark spirits and demonic voices. I felt satan telling me I could invite him in and become the man I always wanted to be. One day I went on a walk and felt satan accusing me. I talked to Jesus and He said what I was about to do would cost me my soul. He knocked at the door of my heart and I felt his saving grace. I battled dark forces in my head and I became frightened. I felt that there was a choice I had to make; my path or God's path. I met some nice people that encouraged me and helped me. They helped me get to this program. 6 weeks later I am a new person. The world often tries to judge and stumble me. I have learned to find great joy in these times. I have given my all to Jesus. I am a slave and servant to Him. My redeemer and Savior. It's getting easier each day as I let Him guide me. I read my bible daily and the veil of sins deception becomes easier to see through every day. I am very much spiritually discerning. I can see what the enemy places in my life and have blatantly rejected what it has to offer. Jesus died for me. I truly believe that He rose again. I do my best to point others to Him and He has restored me. I feel like someone I have never been before and am humbled and grateful. I plan on devoting my life fully to God. To be a humble servant to Him and to show others the same love He showed me. I love Jesus and I always will."
Celebration Sunday - December 2019 Congratulations to our graduate - James Tharpe. He also celebrates a birthday in December!
Our Reliable of the Month was Nickolaus Lafever. Congrats!
Congratulations to Daniel Spier on being the Client of the Month.
Our Client Volunteer of the Month was Caleb Grimes & our Staff Member of the Month is Carson Danley!
Thank you to those who attended and support SHJC!
Testimony Tuesday: Everett Perrine Intake pic - 08/19/2019 Current pic - 12/2/2019 "A short review of what I was like before I became a Christian. Well for me, in my life, nothng really is a short story or review. It took me for, about lets say, forty years worth of reviewing over and over again to get to this place, Safe Harbor, in which I stand before you all. Smoked my first joint when I was a freshman in high school. Loved it naturally. Drank my first alcohol in the same year, hated it ironically. I was hazed because I was the first freshman in school history to make the varsity squad my freshman year. Didn't drink again until my early 20's. I say 22 or 23. Don't really remember because I was a social drinker and it got in the way of my soccer career. And it was a career. I played for 22 years. 3 semi-pro & 4 years professional for the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Blew out my knees & doc told me my soccer days were over. I became depressed and took up drinking, which I really don't like the taste of it and all, but made it life so that I didn't have to feel. My habit turned quickly out of control and into addiction. I was doing things that I had only heard of people doing, and remember saying to myself "I would never". Well I did that and more. I couldn't quit. I was hooked. I needed help. I lied, stole & cheated. Nevertheless I knew better yet just couldn't stop drinking. Went to a rehab only to relapse 2 days after my rehab ended. Fell darker into my depression & alcoholism. Testimony - the definition of testimony - a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law. A declaration, assertion, affirmation, submission or claim. What does testimony mean in Christianity? "Sharing a testimony" in Christianity is telling someone else about your relationship with God. I've read that telling my story is giving honor & glory to God, and he is pleased or happy with that. My account of how God rescued me from sin & death through Christ & how that has ultimately changed my life as a result. Not 3 months ago I was working for the TN State Fair. I was drinking as usual, however that day I decided to put the drink down. It was incredibly hot and I was reaching for my water when I felt a great pain in my side, only to wake up 2 days later in the ER with doctors hovered around whispering "it was a miracle he pulled through". It was touch & go for about one week but to their surprise I made it. Went home to my parents house. I was living in a tent at this time, but I digress. Started going to AA meetings and staying sober with the help of AA friends & my parents. All that being said, I still felt the urge to drink. I was brought back to that conversation in the ER between the doctors that transpired. They must have not known I was conscious. That word kept playing in my head. Miracle! It was a miracle. I've since had my own epiphany here at Safe Harbor. Just mere days in here at the ranch, I was praying at Chapel early in the morning. I had been asking God to help me in my time of need and with my inward struggling of accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior. It was then that I had realized through words that were just words before that, that I had not been patient in listening for God to speak back to me. It seems funny because God of all knows that is the one big thing in my life that I've always lacked. "Excellent speech becometh not a fool; much less do lying lips a prince" Always had a reason or excuse as to why I did or didn't do something, but never truly realized why until I started believing in God. It was my foolishness and proud ideals that led me farther from God and into darker traverses. It was always something or someone else to blame or fault. Some else for me to judge. Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. I find myself saying more often than not, the Lord is my shepherd... For the first time in my life I can say that I'm not in control of me and things around me and that's a good thing, and I'm not scared. I know now that I really know nothing & I'm ok with that, as long as I stay humble and kind within the grace of God I cannot fail. God is doing for me what I can not or would not do for myself. All glory be to God. "He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart." - SR Hole "Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful." - Anonymous The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid - Psalm 27:1 Every morning I rise with hope now, as opposed to dread, I am happy. I feel alive instead of living in the what can go wrong today, it's ok, what can be done, what's in store for me, what is it that I can accomplish. I have hopes and aspirations instead of fear of the law, or what I have done wrong. What is it about yesterday that I can't remember. Whom did I lie to, cheat or steal from. Now it's knowing whose life did I affect in a positive manner. God is good. God is great.
Testimony Tuesday: Daniel Speir Intake pic - 07/10/2019 Current pic - 11/22/2019 "There is no before that I recollect on becoming a believer because it was instilled in me from birth by my Christian parents, but when I strayed each time was worse in the guilt about my family. Knowing I was running drugs across state lines & could be killed or busted at any given time & the moral guilt slipped a little more each time. My dad used to tell me before he passed in 05, "Son it's worse with you because you know better" and I never realized just how right he was until the last two years. My son was sent to federal prison. I overdosed on heroin twice, got sepsis in my blood & the doctor didn't think I'd make it. So far gone, the law hated me and had made me a personal goal - the few that were left was trying to set me up and I was sitting in Cocke Co. Jail doing all the drugs I could ask for. Running the cell like a big dog and the Lord started convicting me & showing me how many times He let me live - much more that I'll put on paper. Then a guy that had been given the treatment by me & others told me about David Elkins and his program & his number which must've been God showing me his mercy. I had beat the guy silly, he by all means shouldn't have helped me, but he did. I have found more peace, patience, and all of the above that I've had since I was 11 years old in 1988 at that altar. I forgot how good it is - the peace & serenity. I now have a good job, been moved to unsupervised in big court, etc. Life in Christ may not always be a bed of roses, but there is no comparison to the life I've lived out of Christ & I'll never stray again."
Praise God! We have been Blessed with funds to purchase chairs for our chapel and finish up sidewalk along with some funds to help with our Christmas efforts for our clients!!! Our chapel is coming together and all my staff have been working together to make Safe Harbor JC a program of Honor and Dignity, second to none!
Celebration Sunday - November 2019 Congrats to our Client of the Month, Joshua Eckert
Congrats to our Reliable of the Month, Justin Goodwin
2019 Fall Revival Tent's Up. Announcements are out. Jesus is Ready! Pray for hearts to change this week at Revival JC
Jesus is on the throne!
Night 2 - Bro Cody Brought our powerful message on night 2 lives are being changed Praise God!!
Night 3 - Pastor Ronnie Trent brought a powerful message night three Our attendance are growing and lives are being changed Praise God!!!
Last night of Revival went well. Had 2 other half-way-houses join us and several guest including one of our partners. Ty Copland got baptized and then proposed to his girl friend and mother of his little girl! Wedding date ... Graduation date!! No graduates for Celebration Sunday but had a great cook out and a time of Testimony! MEN'S LIVES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED AT SAFE HARBOR JC!!!
"Let's start off with do I believe in Jesus? Yes I do, but I have come to know Jesus in the way that I want to or should. No, I haven't therefore anything that I say about Jesus / God would be a lit. What kept me in God's grace is Safe Harbor itself. This program has done more for me that I would ever thought it would. The things that I have come to know about a christian life I have learned through Safe Harbor. It has taught me that I can lead a sober life. I don't have to depend on drugs anymore, that there is a forgiving God that wants me just for me."
We are grateful for the support we receive from you all throughout the year and feel blessed to count you among our friends. Your attendance at special events, volunteer efforts, and both monetary and in-kind donations keep Safe Harbor of Jefferson County going strong and allow us to continue offering our services to our communities.
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"Now before I became a believer I was in a bad way. Where I came from I only knew about God because of my mamaw. My mom & day sold drugs and done them. Thankfully I met my wife who worked with me and helped me understand that there is something better than this life on earth. After I became a believer I started seeing the change in me and the things I done. I still make mistakes but I try, always, to do the right things by turning back to God when I let myself take my eyes off the prize. (Phil 3:13-14)
Christ has done so much for me, so much more than I deserve, and just for me to turn my life over to Him and do His will is all He asks in return means so much and that is the reason I try to always do the right thing. When I don't, I ask for forgiveness and work on studying & spreading His word."
Celebration Sunday September 2019 - Graduation and Celebration Sunday was bigger and better than ever! Packed the House!
9/10/2019 Testimony Tuesday: J Allen Smith Intake pic - 08/28/2019 Current pic - 09/09/2019 “I first heard the gospel when I was a little boy, I grew up in church. My grandmother would take me to mission with her and Mrs. lock-ins every morning. I was in a mime group in the 6th grade where I found my own church home, and that was the first time I got baptized. After my grandmother died I found myself walking away from God. Then as I got older I started running from God. Since I was 16 I was doing everything I thought I was big and bad enough to do, from smoking to drinking to pills to getting arrested, you name it I was into it. I just kept running from God. I ran to and from state to state. I ended up coming down to Knoxville, still doing foolish things, never tried to change one bit. I ended up catching a case down here, got locked up, and didn’t have not one number to call, and when I did get that number it didn’t help at all. But I had enough sense to call on God. I always believed in God even when I was doing things I knew I shouldn’t have been doing. I would think to myself if I keep living like this I’m going to hell. I remember when I was in my cell with no one to talk to, not even my mother. I called on the Lord and asked him for a 2nd chance. He said if I give you one what will you do with it. I cried to God and told him I would change my life. After I got out of jail I called my mom and we talked for a while. She said I am sending you some money, go to Walmart and get you a bible. She gave me a couple verses but the one I like is Romans 8:28. I never read Romans 8:28. I liked it because it was my birthday. I started to read, Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” I was looking for more understanding and my bible took me to 2 Timothy 1:9. It says “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” As I kept reading the Word of God became my magnet. I read 2 Timothy 1 and it took me to Acts 9:15. It says “But the Lord said to him “go, for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before Gentiles, Kings and the children of Israel.” For that to be the first time I have read a bible in over 13, maybe 14 years, I closed it. It was too much. I told God, I know I am not to question you, and I know you don’t make no mistakes. I told God whatever you want me to do I will do it. And ever since then He has been moving in my life in ways I can’t explain. He has humbled me, He has changed the walk I walk, the way I talk, the way I think, and the way I act. He showed me how to pray and how to be patient on what I ask for. He is showing me how to be obedient. As I talk to God and read my word, this is not just about my freedom, but it is also about my soul. I am trying to become a new person, a new man in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”
Open House - August 24th - Thank you to all who attended!
Grand Opening of Safe Harbor of Jefferson County August 13, 2019 If you weren't able to attend Tuesday, we will have an Open House Saturday, August 24th from 2 pm to 5 pm.
GRAND OPENING! Please make plans to attend our Grand Opening on Tuesday, August 13th at 10 am. If you aren't able to make it then, we are having another Open House on Saturday, August 24th from 2 pm til 5 pm. The address is: 1750 West Hwy 25 70 New Market, TN 37820
Please join us for our Fall Revival Oct 14 - 18, 2019. Daily services at 6 pm. Baptism to follow Friday night service
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May 27, 2019 This Past week we had the honor to Celebrate 2 transfer graduates Todd Moore and Sam Moore. Congrats guys!
Jefferson County Crew handling business at Honeybaked Ham in Chattanooga! Harold loved the crew and has locked in Thanksgiving and Christmas! Great job!!
The first week of the Safe Harbor Re-Boot Program brought in a check for $500.00, 96 pair of safety glasses and 600 pair of ear plugs!! Thank you to all the donors that donated!
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