Newsletter 2015

Mid Year Update

Philippians 4:20
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever, Amen. Y es, indeed, to God be the glory!

Sometimes, as we get excited about the progress that is happening before our eyes, we need to stop to remind ourselves that it’s HIM working all things together for HIS glory. It’s not us, it’s not about us, and it’s all about HIM!

This year has been busy with growth at the Red Door Thrift Store, finishing projects at Joshua’s House & having a lovely young woman graduate our program.

She now has a good job, housing & is moving towards finishing her education at MMCC. Tara, we are so very proud of you and your accomplishments!

Through it all, we are reminded that when things get difficult, we are to walk by faith and not by sight. In all things, trust in the Lord and HE will renew your strength!

The first quarter our focus was on completing a sponsored room, renovating “the nook” (a coffee/ tea shop within the Red Door) and preparing for our missions team that was to assist us in creating our education center in the lower portion of Joshua’s House. Somehow, by the grace of God, we also managed in March to have a Fundraising Breakfast in Byron, and in June to host our 3rd Annual 5K run in Clare! Whew! It makes us tired just thinking of all the tasks that were completed, while in anticipation of those yet to be finished.

As mentioned in the past newsletters and at the last two Annual Dinners, our services to our community have expanded. Although our mission has NOT changed, we additionally reach out to assist hurting folks in need of food, hygiene products, clothing, and sometimes short- term emergency housing. The assistance with e- housing is dependent on the availability of funds. We are working with 4 motels both local and near local to care for those in desperate need of a bed to sleep in and some basic needs. Our current facility is only set up to care for women who find themselves homeless and pregnant. However, we do have a bedroom on the lower level that we can utilize in an emergency for a woman who is not pregnant but is homeless; this option is dependent upon availability.

We have found there are many in our community who fall through the cracks of the current assistance available through state and local agencies. Then, and only then, Joshua’s House will step forward to aid these men and women who are in need.

7th Annual Benefit Dinner

As your are reading this newsletter, we are preparing for our 7th Annual Benefit Dinner. Renovations will continue on a smaller level, right up to the time of the dinner, so that we can complete the vision and goals that we shared with you at last year’s event. We are working dilligently to make this Annual Dinner the most exciting and successful in the history of Joshua’s House. We are preparing for you, as a table host/ hostess, or as a guest. Our staff and volunteers are excited and in great anticipation of what God will do for His ministry!

This year’s dinner will be held on Tuesday September 22nd, at the Clare Church of the Nazarene located at 10160 S. Grant Ave in Clare, Mi. Registration will begin at 6:00pm with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30pm and ending at 8:30pm. If you were a guest last year and would consider hosting a table this year please contact us at our office by calling (989)424-5434 before 4:00pm on August 7th. If you are planning on attending this year’s event please register for the dinner by visiting our website after August 7th at: and click on the “Register for Annual Dinner” button. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Danielle on Mon, Wed or Friday from 10am to 4pm at: (989)424-6052.

In closing, we ask that you keep our missions teams in prayer. The lead director’s wife was injured in an accident that required the team to cancel their mission trip to Joshua’s House. We pray that God, our healer, will move in a mighty way and restore her to perfect health in Jesus’ name. We have been very blessed the last two years to have them assisting in renovations, repairs & urgent matters at the shelter.

We have fallen a bit behind due to this situation. If you are interested in helping us to complete these tasks before the cold weather sets in, please, please, contact us as soon as possible. We are in need of men who are experienced in working with drywall and plumbing. We would be ever so grateful for an afternoon or two of your time, God will bless you for being His hands and feet, by partnering with us as we “Care for our future, one mother at a time”!

We look forward to seeing you all at the dinner, be safe as you travel this summer enjoying time with family and friends.

God bless you,

Rene’e Jeffords
Executive Director- Joshua’s House & The Red Door Thrift Store

Run for Life Benefits Joshua’s House

Originally Published in the Clare County Review

Shamrock Park in Clare will be the setting for the 2015 Run for Life event hosted by Joshua’s House on Saturday.

The shelter, which houses women who are homeless and expecting a child, also cares for other community residents who find themselves without a place to call home.

Funds raised during this year’s event will assist in renovating the new education center that is located in the lower portion of the facility.

The education center will allow the shelter to enhance the classes currently offered to the residents and open the classes to residents within the community who have an interest in developing their skills and increasing their understanding of finances, resume writing, interviewing, cooking, baking, child development, canning, dehydrating food and more.

Runners may pre-register for the race by visiting Volunteers for race day are still needed to assist with small tasks; for further information, call (989) 424-5434. Race day registration for the 5K, 10K event will begin at 8 a.m. under the smaller pavilion at Shamrock Park positioned behind the Clare VFW Hall located at 145 Wilcox Parkway in Clare. Concessions will also open at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m.