By CHRISTY BAKER SEAY
This next Saturday, November 3, Elevation Church will come alongside one of our Outreach partners, Charlotte Rescue Mission, to do some groundbreaking work at their beautiful new Dove’s Nest facility. Your generosity has allowed Dove’s Nest to purchase a playground for new residents, and we get to be the volunteer installation team.
On the surface, our work may appear that we are just breaking ground, but if you look deeper, you will see that what we will be doing is truly groundbreaking. For the first time in the history of the Dove’s Nest, children will be able to remain with their mothers, living at the Dove’s Nest as they complete the life-transforming program to break the bonds of addiction and other destructive behaviors.
In the United States, 20 million children are experiencing physical, verbal, and emotional abuse from parents who are addicted to alcohol and / or drugs. In Rescue Magazine, Dr. Tim Cermack reports that children from addicted homes suffer from emotional and psychological symptoms much like a combination of codependency and a variant of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), commonly known as the disorder affecting Vietnam veterans. These children are eight times more likely to become addicts themselves or to marry an alcoholic or drug addict.
The Dove’s Nest will work to break that cycle for their youngest residents by providing counseling to help them understand that while the environments they have come from haven’t been normal, they are still normal kids. They will teach them how to have fun, as many of them simply don’t know how to have fun; they have spent much of their young lives as caregivers to their addicted parent or parents. The Dove’s Nest will be a safe, and happy environment, something many of these kids have never known. Many Dove’s Nest kids will see a rise in their school attendance and quite possibly their grades as a result of their newfound stability and educational support.
Most importantly, the Dove’s Nest will introduce them to the unconditional love of Jesus and who they are in HIM. They will teach them to see themselves through His eyes, and to believe in their own futures, futures where they can do anything and be anything they want to be!
Sign up here to break some ground with us at a spirit-filled place where kids can reclaim their futures while their moms are learning to be the women God called them to be.