LIFE SAVER MINISTRIES INC

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 83 Middlesex St N Chelmsford MA 01863 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with Life Saver Ministries for over three years. This organization provides not only the basic needs for pregnant and parenting teens, but also provides the training, classes, and opportunities that are necessary for these moms to take care of their families on their own. This organization seeks to bring the love of Christ to the people they serve, and they truly do. This house becomes a home to those who come through the door.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had the chance to tutor a mom for her GED who had lived at the house several years ago. She had been a new immigrant to this country and was a young mom. I got to see her living independently and providing for herself and her daughter.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff meet the mothers where they are at, and teach them in ways that are best for the mom's needs and the needs of her child. I really love that the organization gives glory to God, and relies on him to provide for them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff and volunteer vary greatly in age and experience, but share one common purpose- showing love to the moms and their babies, and helping the moms grow as independent women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Start other similar houses in other poor urban areas of Massachusetts, perhaps in a town near Lawrence or Worcester. They could employ staff for such houses and take in more moms and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been involed with this ministry as a direct care worker since February 2009. It has a great loving and nuturing staff, committed to helping these young moms learn how to live and take care of themselves and their babies in the real world. The girls that come through the doors are in need of so much, and the needs are met here. Recently I had a conversation with a 2 former residents with toddlers now, that still follow the schedule for their children. In fact these young moms still call staff and come to visit, as some other former residents do. This speaks for itself. The love of the Lord is in this place, and the girls know it

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enjoyment of seeing how most of these young moms mature in such a short time, learn christian values they may not have known and to learn to trust, because of this ministry. Also to know the difference between wants and needs in the everyday of life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been with LSM, Inc for one year and have loved being a part of such a wonderful ministry. The directors, staff and supporters truly care and provide for the residents at a level of Christian excellence Each resident and child is treated with respect and dignity and offered tools for self care and parenting that have a potential to change thier lives for the better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of residents who have acquired parenting skills, continued their eduacation, and become financially responsible for themselves and their children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The reward of continuing contact with residents bwho have moved on the LSM, Inc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide care for more residents and meet their goal of adding transitional housing as a part of the program.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been with the ministry since 2001, and have seen many success stories with the young women who come through our doors. They learn parenting skills and life skills to become effective parents and to manage a household on their own. The staff here is loving and supportative and we have a clean, safe environment in which the moms and babies are nurtured.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of healthy and thriving infants and toddlers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great people involved in it, and having the satisfaction that I am making a difference in the lives of young people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, kind, loving, innovative, committed to encouraging the growth and independence of young mothers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

service a larger population and do more preventive education in the community, and offer follow-up programs to improve success.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The volunteers and staff at My Father's House are extraordinarily committed to helping young mothers and expectant mothers. Most of these young women come to live at My Father's House with really very little knowledge about even the most basic life skills, such as cooking, budgeting their money, applying for jobs, managing their own or their baby's health care, or even how to properly clean house. The girls are teenagers who have made the very grown-up decision to raise their children despite the up-hill road they will have to travel. At My Father's House, they really are given both the nurturing and the education they need to succeed--weekly mandatory life skills classes, optional Bible studies, and daily mentoring in child care, housekeeping, cooking and nutrition. And above all the mothers and babies are in a safe, warm Christian home filled with genuine love.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the young women who have gone on to complete their education, get decent jobs and who continue to raise their children using the information they received while residing at My Father's House.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting so many dedicated staff and volunteers who give of their time and talent, and having the joy of being around babies and children nearly every day!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly dedicated and willing to sacrifice so much because this is a cause they believe in so wholeheartedly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

rest assured that it would not have to struggle each week to meet its payroll and to pay its bills.

Ways to make it better...

we had the funds to pay our bills, obtain a new van, and to build our planned transitional housing for the moms who are ready to become more independent.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ongoing burden of constant fund raising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a most worthwhile charity to support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

When I first entered the home provided by Life Saver Ministeries, I felt a warmth. I knew that homeless pregnant and parenting teens lived there and I could sees Christ's love for these young mom's and babies in action. The well trained staff team knew the needs of each teen and their babies. Every detail of their lives was being supported by those who worked and volunteered there. The program is outstanding. These young women are taught everything they need to become independent. Each girl has a customized plan to promote their education, job search, parents skills, life skills, daily planning, financial planning, and medical needs. No where have I seen such joy on the faces of babies for they now have a loving, Christian home in which to grew. I have the privilege of teaching their mom's how to teach them. How to talk, read, play, sing and care for their babies. Many of these mom's never were parented. The environment created at the home enables these moms and babies to have a chance for a new life where they are loved so they can learn.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The teen mom's who have cooed to their babies and the babies have cooed back to them. In the teen mom who finished high school, started college and was ready to care for her child in her own apartment. All who have lived there have felt the love of Jesus.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would keep the program as strong as it currently is.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy when a teen encourages her baby to roll over and the thrill the first time her baby does. The chance to make a difference by teaching the moms how the baby's brain develops and how they can help. Seeing the mom's reading to their babies.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff team of director, program director, resident advisory, house manager, financial administrator, caregivers and volunteers work together to provide the best possible home for the residents. The caring and quality of their work is outstanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Not fear the long winters when the oils gets low. Build transitional housing which they have the property for but not the funds to build. When the moms are almost ready to go out on their own this would the next home for them under the staff's care.

Ways to make it better...

More funds were available for the transitional housing and the needs to keep the current home going.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Their financial need is a true challenge because of how much they want to accomplish in these teen moms and babies lives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Giving to this ministry is a win win situation you get to know you have help change lives and the moms and babies are given the opportunity find success.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

28 people found this review helpful

I have been a supporter of Life Saver Ministries for over a decade. During this time the consistent, committed leadership has provided a loving, nuturing, growth-oriented home for pregnant and parenting teens. I know that lives have been changed for the better - both residents and volunteers alike. Many young women have found a true home during a stressful and challenging time in their lives. The staff and volunteers care deeply about each one who take advantage of the opportunity to be there. The participitory nature of the house rules provide structure and stability that many experience for the first time. Classes on such things as parenting, nutrition and health result in a measurable increase in self-sufficiency and self-confidence. Anyone with a heart for these young women can find out how to help at www.lifesaversministries.org

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changed lives of young women and their children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the dedication and faith of the staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, gentle, humble, knowledgeable and dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be debt free and complete the vision of providing transitional housing as a critically needed extension of the current services.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I've had extensive interactions with the staff and directors at "My Father's House" (Life Saver's Ministries) in North Chelmsford. They are selfless, focused and driven by their desire to help young, unwed mothers in need. The larger driving force behind this ministry is faith in Christ, and a genuine desired to do His work. Even to non-Christians, the practical and obvious benefit to these new families and to society as a whole speaks to its worthiness of your support. The girls must complete their education while taking on responsibilities in the house (cooking, cleaning) all while preparing to provide a loving home for their babies. In short, they are equipped to not only survive in our society, but to thrive.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the improved conditions and lives of several young mothers/mothers to be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...continue the appeal to churches and other potential sources of support to further this outstanding ministry.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the sense that I'm contributing to a worthy organization and making a real difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...dedicated, loving and motivated to make a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...expand to help more unwed mothers and finish the transitional apartments planned for construction!

Ways to make it better...

...I had (and will) get more involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...getting the word out to potential contributors and fund raising

One thing I'd also say is that...

...your help if needed more than ever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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