Our Vision and Mission
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Through the love of Christ we strive to transform the lives of young women experiencing unplanned pregnancy, single parenthood, and other tough situations that have disrupted the course of their lives. We seek to empower these young ladies to end cycles of poverty and abuse and achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
Our mission is to provide safe haven and support services for young women (ages 18-29) in need, due to homelessness, domestic violence, or neglect.
We provide a safe home with caring house parents, nutritious food, life skills training, opportunities to explore education/career options, and a caring support system. We are an Interdenominational faith-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the sanctity of human life. We have one house in downtown New Bern that can accommodate 5 residents. We serve the seven surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina; however, residents may come to us from anywhere in the state.
STAFF House provides opportunities for our residents to restructure their lives and begin afresh with hope for a future filled with people who will be there to love and support them.
We strongly encourage young women to stay with us for 12 months. This timeframe allows them to build self-sufficiency by:
--Assisting them in finding gainful employment;
--Helping them continue their education with a GED program or college;
--Help them establish savings and learn financial management skills;
--Helping them heal from emotional and physical trauma;
--Providing pregnant women and young mothers with training and support that will leave them equipped to handle parenthood effectively;
--Learn positive relationship and conflict resolution skills;
--Teaching them practical skills such as cooking and cleaning that will help them manage their homes and time more effectively;
--Helping young women with unplanned pregnancies prepare an adoption plan should they decide this is the best path;
--Fostering spiritual growth and developing a support network of positive community members and friends;
--Connecting them with appropriate medical, psychiatric, legal, and social services.
The silent heart cry of many pregnant young girls and women who did not have a safe haven or a place to call home was heard in heaven and the vision for a maternity home here in New Bern was given to our founder. She was working with pregnant young women who came into the local pregnancy information center (EPIC) where she learned that many of the young women who decided against abortion received little or no help from their families or the fathers of their babies and many ended up homeless at this fragile time in their lives. Our founder's heart was broken for these young women. She was astounded to learn that there was no maternity home in southeastern North Carolina and that there are only twelve in the whole state.
She organized a group of like-minded people who came together to dream and plan for a maternity home here in New Bern. In August 2006, the name STAFF House was chosen for the maternity home. It is an acronym that stands for Shepherds That Attend Father's Flock and originates from Zechariah 11:4-7, "Go and care for the flock. . . The flock that was oppressed." In 2007, STAFF House became a licensed 501(c)(3) LLC, but it took until 2008 to become a licensed maternity home. The maternity home started in a donated house belonging to one of the board members. In 2009, Tabernacle Baptist Church donated the historic house that after thorough renovation became STAFF House Maternity Home. It became the beautiful home that it is because of the many wonderful people in the community that came together to make the renovation possible. They worked tirelessly, gave generously, and prayed fervently. In January 2010, just six months after the renovation project began the house was ready to be the place for precious young women to heal from abuse and neglect and to learn that they are the beloved of the Father.
In 2015, after a brief hiatus in services, STAFF House began offering services again, this time expanding beyond the scope of a maternity home to reach an expanded base of young women in need of love and support.
Meet the STAFF House Team
Board of Directors:
Chairman: Dr. Richard Lynch
President: Jerry Schill
Treasurer: Hans Rasmussen
Member at Large: Janice Furman
Member at Large: Kerri Ensley
Executive Director: Rebecca Bright
Welcome to the Office
Our corporate office is located at 807 Neuse Boulevard, Suite 11, New Bern, NC.
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