Life transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it is a journey of moments that are both challenging and beautiful. This year, Schweitzer has had an opportunity to witness incredible transformation in the lives of people engaged with the ministries of Flourish.
This not-for-profit ministry that launched from Schweitzer’s outreach programs in 2021 continues to reach into the heart of the community, providing hope and healing.
Through programs including Jobs for Life, the Coach House ministry, and the Food Pantry, Flourish connects individuals to the message of God’s love. Flourish differs from many organizations in that it comes alongside an individual to develop a personal relationship with them. Staff, mentors, and caring volunteers spend time with each person to understand their needs, challenges, and life goals.
This is especially true for women living in a Flourish Coach House. Here, women find a place to call home and discover a pathway to hope, health, and self-sufficiency. Nikki is one of these ladies. After months of dedication, she will graduate the program in December with a sense of stability that has not always been easy to find.
“My life last year was chaotic; I had just lost my job and was struggling with substance abuse. I was unstable. As part of Coach House for the past seven months, I have found a sense of independence that comes with guidance and understanding.” Nikki shared.
This Christmas season, Nikki is also preparing for a special blessing as she is pregnant and due in December with a baby boy. As she prepares for more changes, she says she is embracing a future that is filled with HOPE.
This is just one of many stories of transformation happening because of the ministries of Flourish and is why we continue to support this ministry as a church.
Throughout the Christmas season, you’ll hear more from participants and volunteers. If you are able, we encourage you to financially support Flourish this Christmas season.
Additionally, all of Schweitzer’s Christmas Eve offering will go to support the ministries of Flourish as they continue to serve the Springfield community in 2023.
Following Jesus, Flourish STANDS with neighbors in need, pursues HEALING through relationships of reconciliation, and INVESTS in economic and leadership development.