Earlier this week, Natalie, a graduate of Homestead, moved into our home, officially making us a “Homestead Plus” site. Homestead Plus are homes that are open to graduates wanting a next step or Homestead participants who have children.
Long before Homestead Ministries became a reality, a group of women prayed. They had heard about the atrocity of sex trafficking and their hearts felt a pull. So they prayed. Trafficking was so overwhelming. It was so hard to know how to help, where to start, what to do. So they prayed.
Emily Reddel and Olivia Meyer have been such a blessing to everyone at Homestead. Emily and Olivia interned this last semester. Both are delightful young women whose positive attitudes, warm smiles, and loving dispositions blessed all involved, Homesteaders and volunteers alike.
Both Emily and Olivia recently graduated college, Emily from K-State in Human Development and Family Studies, and Olivia from MCC, in counseling. While here, they organized the volunteer training event, assisted Deb, helped the House Managers, and most importantly, poured into the Ladies. Olivia co facilitated group and formed a life long friendship, beyond a mentoring role with one of the Homestead gals.
Emily is moving back to her home town, Omaha, where she will work with special needs children. Of her time at Homestead, Emily said, “What a great experience! I’m so thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know and grow with and for everything I’ve learned.”
Olivia has been accepted into a graduate program in counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University and plans to become a therapist. While at MCC, Olivia was awarded the Young Thunder Award for her work outside campus, including her work at Homestead.
We were all blessed beyond measure to have Emily and Olivia intern at Homestead and wish them all the best in their bright futures. (Post written by Diane Clark)