Would you step out in faith to join us to walk alongside Jackson’s at-risk families?
“Quit your job and go clean houses!”
In 2004, Bridgett Macklin heard the Lord tell her this statement in her morning prayer time. She walked into her employer’s office, a Nissan supplier, that day and turned in her resignation. This act of obedience led Bridgett and her family on a faith journey that eventually led to the birth of God’s Haven. But there were many twists and turns along the way. After quitting her job, Bridgett began cleaning homes and businesses. In her spare time, she, her husband, and children served small meals to homeless men, women, and children.
This ministry of providing for basic needs grew to the point where Bridgett became a key contact for the City of Jackson whenever emergency needs arose among the homeless population. Bridgett began operating an emergency homeless shelter for the city during the harsh winter months. As more and more relationships were formed with the homeless population, Bridgett and a group of volunteers saw the need for transitional housing, especially among the population of women and children in Jackson. With the help of her church, Bridgett opened and operated two transitional houses in South Jackson for women and their children.
God’s Haven formed in 2007 as a response to the growing ministry need. Soon after, a weekly student ministry began. Bridgett and other God’s Haven volunteers began picking up students in Jackson’s most at-risk apartment complexes and extended stay hotels and offering these students a hot meal, recreation, Bible study, and mentoring. What began as a volunteer movement to serve Jackson’s most at-risk population is now an organization serving hundreds of adults and students each year. Bridgett and God’s Haven volunteers have seen many success stories along the way: families placed in permanent housing and employment, students graduating high school and now college, men and women who once worked the streets who are now ministering to their communities, etc.