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What does it mean to thrive? It has less to do with wealth, status, or "stuff" and more to do with love, joy, and peace. According to the experts at Search Institute, thriving comes through healthy relationships. Are you surprised? When have you ever thrived in isolation? Even the "good news" of eternal and abundant life is all about a relationship with God that overflows to others.
Yet we live in a society where genuine, meaningful relationships are rare. Our deepest wounds are rooted in broken relationships, often within our own families. Parents want the best for their children, and we want to love our neighbor, but where do we begin? How do we overcome the fear, brokenness, or busy-ness of our lives?
If relationships are the vine, then Glenhaven is the trellis that allows for healthy, intentional growth. We engage the community with the structure, guidance, and expertise for relationships that express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.
How do we do it?
Statistics from www.KidsCount.org
Nearly half of Arkansas children (44%) live in homes with just one or no parents.
More than one in four Arkansas children (28%) have had at least two significantly adverse experiences.
Every day, an average of 11 children in Arkansas are placed in foster care.
We follow Jesus to love others where they are and invite them to follow us.
We seek to connect and restore families before the need for state intervention.
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We never charge for services or receive government funds. Families thrive through your generosity.
We partner with like-minded organizations to support the overall mission of the Church.
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Who do you think you are? Your answer to this question shapes everything in your life. Imagine a 12-year-old girl whose father never knew her and mother never wanted her. Anyone she dares to trust, wounds her. Any way she tries to ask, “Am I lovely?”, is answered with spite, if at all. She earns Read more about How does Glenhaven reveal someone’s identity?[…]
In sales, they say something is worth whatever a buyer is willing and able to pay and the seller is willing and able to accept. How does this relate to our work with children and families? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not Read more about How does Glenhaven affirm people’s value?[…]
Three weeks into Sparks Out of School, I have already had an amazing chance to connect and gain the trust of the kids and their parents participating in this program. One of my highlights so far was helping one of the boys with his science homework. He was struggling and really didn’t understand what he Read more about Success at Sparks![…]
How does Glenhaven build trust with teens? There is only one way to build healthy trust: you must be trustworthy. As one of our core values, Glenhaven demonstrates Trustworthy Care by consistently doing what is right and needed. This can be as simple as providing a healthy meal every day. It can also be as Read more about Building Trust with Teens[…]
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin Did you know this famous quote was originally about fire safety? It also applies to our work with families. To protect their identities, I’ll change names and blend details from a few families we have worked with recently. Michael is a 12-year-old Read more about Why bother?[…]
The need is greater than you might think… Nearly half of Arkansas children (44%) live in homes with just one or no parents. More than one in four Arkansas children (28%) has had at least two significantly adverse experiences. (i.e. abuse, homelessness, etc.) On average, 11 children in Arkansas are placed in foster care every Read more about Why does Glenhaven invest in prevention?[…]
We help families thrive by creating, equipping, and engaging communities that care. No one thrives in isolation. The gospel itself is about a relationship with God that overflows to others. Here’s a glimpse of what that looks like at Glenhaven: Engaging community involvement in Sparks Out of School Resourcing and recruiting volunteers at Central Arkansas Youth Read more about How does Glenhaven partner with others?[…]
Excitement bubbled in my heart as I packed my bags for camp. This was my fourth year to volunteer at Central Arkansas Youth Camp, and I was eager to engage this year’s theme, “My Story”. Like you, each of the 172 campers this year has a story to tell. On July 10-15, beauty shone brightly Read more about Camp Story[…]
Friends of Glenhaven, A dear comrade with a deep connection to this ministry asked me yesterday, “What is the heart of Glenhaven?” What an important question! I wish everyone would ask me this, and I imagine you may have wondered this at one time or another… perhaps now. Reading this letter, you may be a Read more about The Heart of Glenhaven[…]
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Matthew 28:19-20a (ESV) I believe that every worthy endeavor has its foundation in this Great Commission. Truly, this is the Read more about The Great Commission: What’s Glenhaven’s Role?[…]