Founder and CEO Marsha Drennen has spent 15 years working with homeless and abused women. Her heart is to provide a hand up for women overcoming homelessness, poverty and addictions through a sustainable business model that will create full time work in a sheltered working environment and provide funds for women’s ministries. She is the wife of Jim Drennen and the mother of Charles and Damian.
About 15 years ago, my husband and I moved out to a small lake nestled in the Alabama pines, a beautiful, serene setting. At that time, I had a small special events company which left me little time to “Be still, and know that I am God.”
I was convicted that the busyness of my life was keeping me from more important things, so I sold my business. Once my schedule was clear, I prayed for God to use me. The next morning I received a call from an executive director of a local women’s shelter asking me to serve on their board. I took that as an answer from God and accepted the position. It was through that work that I began to learn about the incredible obstacles that abused and homeless women and children face, the traumas they’ve endured and the long healing process required for their restoration.
God opened the door for us to teach a Bible study in the shelter. We taught the love of God, the worth we have as His children, and His incomparable power for those who believe. Whenever we would talk about the women’s futures, fear gripped their faces, and my heart broke. They knew, better that we, that they could not support their families on a fast-food or grocery store clerk salary. Many times, because they could not support themselves or their families, they went back to their abusers.
God opened my eyes to the help needed for women struggling to overcome homelessness, poverty, abuse and addictions. God called me to lead the effort to raise monies for a new long-term Christian home. He is a God of Abundance and provided us with about $1.7 million to build and operate the home.
We are now in a new season, one that will provide full time work for women who have been cast off, marginalized, rejected. I pray you will join us in our efforts to given a hand up to hurting women. Remember your purchase has a purpose.
“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.”