Summer Newsletter

Hello Faith House friends! Thank you for all the support you have shown to move us closer to purchasing the home in Kingston! Your generosity has raised about $70,000 in cash towards the $150,000 purchase price!

An inspection has been completed. We are so blessed and grateful to be joined by Stephen Whalen of Whalen Architecture, PLLC and Gerard Pisanelli, Esq., who are donating necessary legal and architectural services to plan for needed renovations and address zoning issues. Many of you have also come forward to offer many other services ranging from carpentry work, plumbing and painting to landscaping and HVAC. Thank you so much! It is so encouraging to see our community come together to build this home! Meanwhile, pregnant women continue to reach out for help. We are convinced more than ever of the need for Faith House in our community. Because of your commitment to reaching out to the “least of these” among us, the vision is becoming reality! As the leadership of Faith House continues to seek the Lord’s direction in all decisions to be made, we are grateful for all of you who believe in this mission and are praying with us! “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1

Praising God for all He has done,

Linda Arzu, Founder and President

Finding a House for Faith House

We are actively looking for a place to call home for Faith House.

We are working closely with a realtor who has been tirelessly sending us potential properties, and driving all over the Hudson Valley to show us homes we think might serve the ministry well.

We are looking for a house that can accommodate at least 4 women and their babies, as well as a space for houseparents.

We recently made our first offer on a house, but we were outbidded, and so our offer was not accepted. This is why we continue to fundraise, and to seek the support of those who believe in this vision. The more money we have to offer as a down payment, the stronger our negotiating position will be. We are, of course, always hoping that someone will make the ultimate donation, and give us as house.

Please consider donating toward the purchase of a house so we will no longer need to turn desperate mothers away when they call.

Building Faith House by Faith

Faith House was born of a calling that began several years ago as a vague desire to offer pregnant teens and young women a tangible alternative to abortion.

I knew it was not enough to advocate against abortion when so many women facing an unplanned pregnancy do not see any alternatives. They may have little emotional and financial support and feel hopeless and completely unprepared to raise a child or even to carry the pregnancy to term and make an adoption plan. As I got older, I could not put this calling off any longer and I began researching types of support available to pregnant women. I knew we had to offer housing but had not even heard the term “maternity home” even 2 years ago. I discovered a wonderful, supportive network of maternity homes throughout the country who were putting their faith into action by standing with women facing a difficult situation and providing concrete services to help them adjust to motherhood. I began reaching out to pregnancy support centers, social service agencies and other community organizations and learned that there are no maternity homes in the mid-Hudson Valley. Everyone I spoke with confirmed that there is a tremendous need. Many women go through pregnancy without a safe place to live. I began sharing this vision for a maternity home with others from my church, Abundant Life Tabernacle in Kingston , NY, and others joined in the effort to create a nurturing home where young women could learn to be mothers in a loving, family environment. Although we are not yet open, we have already received many calls from women in need which only confirms that Faith House is needed in our community. These women have ranged from ages 16 to 29, 3 months pregnant to 9 months. All have lost their housing for one reason or another and all care deeply about the child they are carrying. We want to show these young mothers that they are not alone- that we will walk with them through the joys and trials of pregnancy, childbirth and young motherhood. We will help them to get to where they need to be to be strong mothers.

Faith House began as a ministry of Abundant Life Tabernacle. In October 2015 we incorporated as a free-standing nonprofit and obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

Please join us in bringing this vision to life. You will impact many generations.