Summer 2019

In You, Lord my God, I put my trust.

Psalm 25:1

Dear Faith House Supporters-

Renovations to the house have begun. A big thank you to our architect Steve Whalen and Board member Gary Whittaker for your work preparing and filing the building permit application! The kitchen is being completely redone; changes are also being made to the staircase and to 2 of the bedrooms. We are blessed that most of the house will not require more than a fresh coat of paint! We are looking forward to sharing before and after photos with you as the house is transformed! Many people have donated furniture and supplies. We are still in need of area rugs, paint, and curtains for every room. Please see our website if you can donate any of those items. Thank you to all who have purchased items off our Amazon wishlist! Some essential bedroom and kitchen are supplies are still available- please consider blessing our future moms by purchasing something off this list to make our house a home. The link to the Amazon wishlist is below and can also be accessed through www.faithhouseny.org/howtohelp.

Thank you to all who came out for a wonderful night of worship June 15! We enjoyed an uplifting time in the presence of the Lord with Dave Pettigrew and Divine Pursuit. Thank you to Goodwill Church and Pastor Josh Stewart for hosting this event and doing a fantastic job as our emcee, and to our Board and volunteers for working so hard to put an amazing evening together. You raised over $6000 in gifts and monthly pledges towards our operating expenses! I am especially excited to welcome 12 new monthly donors to our Seed Sowers monthly giving program. To join this growing group of people committed to meeting the monthly needs of Faith House please see our website at faithhouseny.org/give.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support! You are making it happen!

In Christ,

Linda Arzu
Executive Director


Gary Collins and his amazing team from United Methodist Church of Hyde Park have accomplished so much in just a few hours!!

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Dave Pettigrew

Thank you for worshiping with us and giving so generously!


Karen Bakun

Meet Karen Bakun
Volunteer Coordinator

Karen is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to organizing and managing our volunteers.   Currently working as a cosmetologist in Orange County, she also has an accounting degree and a background managing animal hospitals.  Married for nearly 40 years with 4 grandchildren who she calls her heartbeat,  Karen attends Goodwill Montgomery church, and is active in Tres Dias and Restoring the Foundations ministries.  If you want to volunteer, Karen will put you to work!


Join our Seed Sowers Monthly Program!

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What a difference a Spring clean-up from Twin Ponds Greenhouses made! Thank you for volunteering your time to spruce up the yard!


Thank you to all who have purchased items off our Amazon wishlist! There are still many needed bedroom and kitchen items available. Click below to find something to make the house a home!

Faith House is Moving Forward Toward Opening!

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See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

Dear Faith House Supporters-

One year ago, I left a full-time job to become the first Executive Director of Faith House.  As I look back over this past year, it is hard to believe that everything that happened encompassed only one year.  At times, it has felt like 5 years in one!  As the year came to a close, we were blessed with a beautiful home which we are preparing to welcome young mothers and babies.  It was amazing to see this purchase come together- the Lord truly called so many people forward to bring this to pass in so many ways!  From our generous donors who raised 100% of the purchase price, to numerous professionals who donated necessary services, to all the volunteers who have come together to clean out the house and begin to prepare it for this life-saving ministry.  From our home inspector to our title company, from our pest control company to our septic company, from many church youth groups to our plumber and insurance agent:  we are so grateful to all of you who have embraced this mission and joined together to bring this work to this critical juncture.  Renovations will be beginning soon on the kitchen, and so many people have purchased items large and small from our wish list to furnish the house. Please see faithhouseny.org/howtohelp to how you can contribute to make the house a home.

As we prepare to open, I invite you to further invest in this ministry by becoming a monthly donor.  As you know, Faith House does not receive any government support.  We are completely dependent on the sacrificial giving of those who believe in this work- who believe that no one should be homeless and pregnant, that babies deserve to be born into a safe and nurturing environment, and that women will not choose abortion when they have practical alternatives to meet their needs.  In our current political landscape in New York, it is more important than ever that we offer pregnant women the real, concrete help they need to choose life, both during pregnancy and after their babies are born.

Currently  50 dedicated  people support Faith House every month.  Walking by faith, continuing to give month in and month out, before they could see any fruit from the seeds they have sown.  These are the people that truly amaze me- we would not be where we are without you.  Opening our doors will require a real leap of faith from all of you who have been praying to see Faith House open.  To meet our expenses will require $9000 per month from committed individuals, churches and businesses. Can I count on you to join this special group of donors? Your dedicated monthly investment in the women and children who will have their lives transformed through the Lord's work in Faith House will bear fruit for generations to come.  Please join this courageous group of donors by making a monthly pledge through our website today.

We are encouraged every day by knowing you believe in this work and are making the vision a reality!  Thank you so much for your continued prayers and generous support!
 

In Christ,

Linda Arzu
Executive Director





Thank you Pregnancy Help News for a great article! To see how you can get involved in providing safe housing for pregnant women see our website faithhouseny.org.

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Karen McLaurin

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Karen McLaurin as the newest member of the Faith House Board of Directors! Karen truly has a heart to serve pregnant women and comes with a Masters in Public Health and a 30 year career in child welfare, foster care, adoption and child protective services. So happy to have you on the team Karen!

Thank you to the Volunteers helping Clean our House!!!

Trinity Youth joined rubber gloves with other local volunteers to lend a hand at Faith House.

Trinity Youth joined rubber gloves with other local volunteers to lend a hand at Faith House.

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Sustain Faith House

Help Fill Our Operating Expenses Thermometer!

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A nice article in the Wallkill Valley Times about Faith House... read this article

We’ve created an Amazon.com wish list. Bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and other items for our home. Remember to purchase through Amazon Smile (the link is below) and select Faith House for Mothers and Children, Inc. so that Amazon will make a donation to Faith House. 

Amazon Wish List

Read this article: How Pro-Life Ministry Goes Well Beyond “Only Caring About the Baby”

How to Help

Link to our website

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Faith House
PO Box 622
Walden, NY  12586
845-372-8052
http://www.faithhouseny.org

Faith House in the News!

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE TODAY!!

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WE CLOSED ON THIS HOUSE TODAY!!!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Praise God for this giant step towards welcoming young mothers who desperately need the love, hope and security Faith House will provide! Above all, they will come to know the joy, hope and strength that can only be found in the Lord!

  • 5000 square foot home located in Walden NY

  • Secluded, wooded one acre of land

  • Ample space for live in staff

  • Extra rooms for private counseling, office space, storage

  • 4 mothers and babies will have a safe place to call home

WHAT'S NEXT?

  • The house will need some renovations.  Many people with various skills have offered to help.  We will be contacting you.  Please let me know if you can help or can supervise a work team.

  • We can now accept material donations!  Wish lists will be posted and shared soon.  Furniture, appliances, clothing, supplies, baby items, computers.

  • Please consider making a gift towards operating expenses.  Committed monthly donors are crucial.  Just $73 each month will provide a day of shelter, food, supplies, caring guidance and encouragement for a mother and her baby. Your gift of $2190 will meet their tangible needs, and offer healing and hope, for a full month.      

I thank God for all of you who have prayed for Faith House and continue to give generously from your heart.  Without you, this would not be possible!


To God be the glory,

Linda Arzu
Founder and Director

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Exciting News! We have a house!!

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has he said and shall he not do it? has he spoken and shall he not make it good?  Numbers 23:19

Dear Friends of Faith House-

I could not be more excited and happy to share this wonderful news with you!!!

Several weeks ago we were contacted by a wonderful couple who is planning to move south.  Their desire for the home where they raised their children, and have lived for over 30 years, was that it would be used for ministry.  The home is in a quiet neighborhood near Kingston, will accommodate 4 young mothers, and has a separate apartment for our live-in staff.  It is in great condition but will need some work to customize it for our mission.  Our offer was accepted and we are looking forward to closing on this house in August!.  Your prayers on behalf of young, pregnant women who desperately need a safe place have borne fruit!

Because of your previous generous and faithful giving, most of the funds needed are already in place.   An additional $50,000 towards the purchase price, closing costs and renovations is needed by August 1.  Because of the humbling dedication you have shown in bringing this vision to fruition, I know that together we can meet this need, and thank you in advance for rising to this challenge.  I am deeply grateful to all of you who have stood in faith through the ups and downs of the past few months, continuing to believe and continuing to sacrifice financially.  We would not be where we are today without you.  Now is the time to pull together to bring in this additional $50,000 so that Faith House can open its doors.  Our first mothers and babies are just around the corner!  What an exciting time to be involved with such a life-saving and life-changing mission!

AND MORE GOOD NEWS!!!

A very generous donor with a heart to see this ministry soar has come forward with a $20,000 gift!! He has asked to remain anonymous, but wants his donation to serve as achallenge to others.  Are you one of 20 people with a heart to see lives saved and transformed who will accept this challenge by giving $1000 to join in his generosity?  One of 40 who will give $500?  Please click below to donate online, or mail a check to the address below.  Thank you so much for your commitment to providing hope and the promise of a new life to these young mothers and babies!

Join with us in thanking and praising the Lord  for his faithfulness and provision! With Him nothing is impossible!   As we go forward I will keep you posted on our progress.  After the closing, we will be able to accept material donations and will need additional volunteers for various projects to ready the house for opening.  As we begin to hire staff and put key elements of the program in place, your consistent monthly gifts are even more essential.  Please consider making a monthly commitment to support the ongoing needs of the home.  Thank you all for everything you continue to do to bring this vision to reality!

In Christ,

Linda Arzu
Executive Director

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters–

About a year ago, you came together in a tremendous showing of support to purchase a house in Kingston that would become home to young pregnant women who needed a safe place to live and the hope of a different future.  Because of you all, sufficient funds were raised to purchase that home in cash.  Many of you  generously began giving monthly, and many others offered their time and talents to prepare and furnish the home to welcome these young women.  Your unfailing support has been so encouraging and uplifting to us.  Thank you so much for walking with us in faith.  We learned, recently, however, that the owner of that home has had a change of heart and we will not be going forward with that purchase.  While this is an adjustment, we know that the Lord is in control and we trust that his plans for Faith House will come to fruition in his time.  The word spoken by the Lord does not return void, but accomplishes its intended purpose.  We have resumed our search for a suitable home and trust that we will be able to share good news soon.  Please continue to pray for the Lord’s provision and guidance.  We appreciate your continuing support through this time.

When we began this ministry 4 years ago, we set out on a journey with one intention– to be faithful to the call and vision the Lord has given us.  It is in that spirit that we persevere and trust him.  It is also towards that end that I recently resigned my full-time position as a nonprofit administrator to become the first Executive Director of Faith House.  I am very grateful to now be able to dedicate all my efforts towards opening this home and ministering to the many women and babies that will one day live there.  A big thank you to the Faith House Board of Directors for countless hours of discussion, prayer, and hard work, and to all of you, our faithful volunteers and donors, who have given so much of yourselves towards this mission.  We absolutely would not have come this far without each of you.  One of my initial goals is to meet and get to know more of you; I will be reaching out to schedule time to get together. So, we press on in faith, knowing that the Lord has great things in store!

In Christ,

Linda Arzu
Executive Director

 

Welcome new Board member Pete Maraday!

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We are so excited that Pete has joined our Board! Pete and his wife Barb are longtime volunteers and have brought so much to Faith House! In addition to serving on our Banquet Committee last year, Pete was instrumental in establishing our relationship with the Lighthouse Events. You may remember Pete and Barb from our banquet video last year. Pete cares deeply about providing alternatives for women facing unplanned pregnancies and seeks to further the prolife cause through “education, guidance and support that is built on a foundation of love and caring through Jesus Christ.” Pete served over 20 years in the US Air Force and currently works as a tech support analyst, giving him a solid foundation in organizational management. He is active in the leadership and other ministries of Bread of Life Assembly of God in Bullville. Says Pete, “I hope to be able to use my time and talents God has blessed me with towards assisting the Board in completing the work at hand and seeing our mission through.”. We are so happy to have you, Pete! Thanks for everything you have done and for your heart to serve!

 

You can help build a nurturing home for our young mothers!

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Keep an eye out for these adorable birdhouses ready to be filled with your gifts to bless our young mothers. If you would like one to place for donations at your church, school, business or club please email us at linda@faithhouseny.org. Thank you to Erin Godfrey for this wonderful idea and for painting them so beautifully!