GIRLS ONLY MINISTRY
Rating: 5 stars 3 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: PO Box 26 Brighton CO 80601 USA
Results: We started 2014 with 12 girls in our Organization. Through developing honest and open relationships with those girls, we now serve over 70 girls. Out of the girls we have actively involved in our Organization, 8 girls are pregnant, 3 girls are mothers and under the age of 19, 6 girls are without stable, safe, reliable shelter and 3 girls are over the age of 18, without a high school education, and are not currently active in any academic institution. We know that 31 girls drink alcohol and get drunk, under the age of 21, and 14 girls have used drugs on a regular basis, 11 girls been victims of sexual abuse by a person of trust and 5 girls have been pregnant and terminated their pregnancy. Hagar's House is essential because 25 girls come from unstable homes, 12 girls have attempted suicide and 2 girls have committed suicide. There is something wrong with the church as a global whole when 31 girls have answered the question "Has the church community significantly hurt you?" with a YES. While we walk through some challenging struggles with these girls, they succeed on a daily basis. Education is a huge success for our girls, 24 girls have graduated High School with a traditional high school diploma, 16 girls girls are currently enrolled in college, and 15 girls are actively in middle school or high school. Education is a part of their success but the ability to hold a job is huge, and we are proud to say that 18 girls are successfully holding jobs It is exciting to see the girls leave behind their brokenness and function through the healing of Jesus Christ. There will always be more work to do, more girls to show love, grace, forgiveness, and compassion to. And we are committed to doing that through providing shelter, education, a sense of community and love to all broken girls within a safe environment.
Target demographics: Girls between the ages of 13 and 23.
Direct beneficiaries per year: girls within the community of Colorado.
Geographic areas served: Colorado
Programs: Our Week Night Dinner program provides dinner on a regular basis for the girls within our Organization. Hagar's House will be a short term residential program for the girls within our Organization. One of the biggest needs our girls have is the need for safe shelter. Hagar's House will meet that need. Our Encounter Jesus Conferences are for those girls within the Organization. The girls who participate in our Week Night Dinner Program as well as those who participate in Hagar's House have the opportunity to come together and Encounter Jesus.
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1 person found this review helpful
I was blessed with a God loving, church going, Sunday School teaching, every activity attending family. I have always known Jesus, I've always known he saved me, and I've always been active in my church. And that was fine! I didn't even realize I was doing it wrong! I went to all the Youth Conferences, I raised my hands at paise and worship, I loved Jesus! But I know now, I didn't love him like I was supposed to, like He loves me. I went in and out of really bad, gross, stupid, dangerous, disastrous, heart ruining relationships and didn't get why I didn't feel complete! I ALWAYS had a boyfriend... I was never alone, but always alone. I found myself feeling really depressed at a really young age, and didn't understand... I LOVED Jesus! My T-Shirt even said it! I have known Mary Vigil for many years (lucky me!) and she has always loved on me, encouraged me, lead me, and prayed for me. When she took our bible study and turned it into this beautiful ministry, I knew I wanted to be in. I LOVED Jesus, remember! I went to all the meetings, and kind of found myself... Angry? These girls I was meeting were incredible, beautiful, radical girls... And many of them didn't know this Jesus, and didn't want to be there actually, but I could see Jesus in them... I could see him saving them... Why wasn't he saving me?! I cried, I read, I journaled, I prayed... I'm kind of emotional/dramatic by nature... And finally Mary and the girls repeated at several Tuesday night dinners a verse that I had heard a million times, but neglected to hear- God is within her, she will NOT fall. Psalm 46:5 I was searching for Jesus... He was IN me!! The girls continued to show me how God was helping them, leading them, loving them, and I began to feel that warmth and voice. He had always been there, but I could feel Him now. I thought I loved Jesus before, my heart is exploding now! Girls Only Ministry saved me, saved this Christian girl who had no idea she even needed saving.
1 person found this review helpful
I came to Girls Only in 2006, because I needed a place to take a pregnancy test and a friend told me about Girls Only. I came, took my test, it was positive, and I left. I aborted my pregnancy.
A while later, I needed to take another test, so I came back. This one was positive as well. I took the test and this time, I stayed for dinner. I came to dinner for a while, I met new friends, and as my belly grew, I fell in love. I am a mom of a young child and am still attending Week Night Dinner, I might stay for Bible Study one day.
Here I have found support, a loving community, friends and no judgement.
3 people found this review helpful
I an honored to contribute to Girls Only . They way that is organization reaches out to young women in the surrounding community and makes a difference in their lives goes above and beyond what I ever expected. Lives are changed, hearts are mended, strength is found, new beginnings are created. I could go on and on, but it would be better for you to see it first hand, to experience the Vision and the difference that is being created here. God bless!
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