Lately I’ve asked some of our staff to guest blog for Wellspring Living. They have so much more insight than I do in terms of working directly with the women and girls, and I am always wanting to hear their stories. Our newest staff member, Ms. Kristine Wendt, is the Director of our Redeemed Assessment Center (a crises stabilization home for women) and has some great insight on what this arm of our organization does. Thank you Krsitine for your post!
I might be one of the newest members of our staff here at Wellspring Living, but I am no stranger to working and serving in pastoral care or discipleship counseling. And that MUST be why God brought me here to the Redeemed Assessment Center six weeks ago.
The Redeemed Assessment Center is a dual-functional part of the Wellspring for Women home, in that we provide crisis stabilization for women who are in dangerous life situations like abuse, addiction, but especially sexual exploitation. What happens next for each woman is one of two options, but also unique to her needs. We purpose to assist each of the women by helping them identify long-term, appropriate placement – this could be locally, state-wide, regionally, or if necessary and appropriate, nationally. The other function of the home is that it serves as the entry point into the Wellspring for Women residential home.
What the women spend their time doing during their stay in the Assessment Center (approximately 2-4 weeks) includes blood work and evaluations for transitioning into other environments or the Women’s Home. Each woman is greeted with an Arrival Bouquet, that, prayerfully, reveals to them that they were thought of and prepared for intentionally before they arrived. We have created and prayed about how to spend our time and have specific curriculum tools (which we call Focus Packets, but is more varied than simply written work) that we believe begin conversations about their worldview, their hearts, and their current stressors in life.
When a woman is ready to transition out of the Assessment Center or into the Wellspring for Women’s residential program, we send them with a Launch Pack that includes tools to empower them, inform them, and keep them connected to healthy living.
Our desire is that each woman would find a haven here in the Assessment Center of hope, safety, love, and healing while they are here amongst the volunteers, staff, and myself.
I have found that in Christ alone are these things (hope, safety, love, and healing) reality moment by moment. My heart is that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I would be able to lead this Redeemed Assessment Center environment in a way that shepherds and stewards each woman to Christ, their Savior and Friend; Shield, and One who is Faithful and True. It is a truly extravagant grace to shepherd another’s heart along the journey of intimacy with Christ. And so I align myself with the words of Paul,
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NASB)
Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit
“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you thetestimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and mymessage and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”
We do have a phone line managed 24 hours a day, and relationships with local organizations in this area for serving the women and their families of our Atlanta Area. If you know somebody who is in need of help, you can share this number with them: 678.699.4880