Areas of Ministry
The ways RAHAB Ministries connect with the women fall into outreach, mentoring, and safe housing. In addition there are a number of supporting ministries that help keep all the others going. Click on the "+" at the right end of each section to to see a description of each one.
At 450 Matthew Street, the RAHAB House drop in center is intentionally located in an area of Akron known to have a high volume of drug abuse and sex trafficked women and girls. RAHAB House is open Monday – Friday and offers hope and healing to women who are incarcerated as well as those living in the neighborhood. Here, the women are blessed with,
- Home-cooked meals served family-style
- Clothing and personal care items, donated by individuals, groups, and churches
- Community service hours for women who need to fulfill this requirement
- Personalized prayer time and solid biblical teaching
- A welcoming atmosphere of acceptance
Strip club outreach takes place in clubs throughout Akron and nearby cities. RAHAB teams love and minister to women who are trapped in a dead-end cycle of degradation and shame by taking gift bags and meals to the clubs as well as offering prayer and a listening ear…all in the name of Jesus Christ.
Street ministry occurs weekly as teams of RAHAB volunteers walk the streets praying for and with the women who are still in the life and pointing them to the services available at our drop-in center. This is often the first time a woman is exposed to RAHAB’s ministry and is often the gateway to a changed and victorious life in Christ.
Jail ministry takes place in Oriana House facilities (CBCF and RCC) and the Summit County Jail. Trained teams go into these facilities weekly to offer Bible studies to the women. While attending these studies is optional, it is not unusual for 40 to 60% of the incarcerated population to attend; such is the hunger for the Word of God.
Adult mentoring is offered to any incarcerated woman who requests this relationship. Mentoring is an opportunity to build a trust relationship, one-on-one, with a broken and hurting woman. Mentors meet with women to talk, listen, pray, and teach them to read and interpret God’s word for themselves.
That Place is a community center where RAHAB provides mentoring and weekly programming for girls under 18 years old who identify as victims, or at high-risk for becoming victims, of sex traﬃcking. All mentoring relationships and programming are focused on instilling self-esteem, equipping with coping mechanisms and life skills, and representing Jesus Christ to help the girls identify with the potential of their future rather than the shame of their past. That Place mentoring is made possible thanks to a strong partnership between RAHAB Ministries and Summit County Juvenile Court.
Pen pal ministry is a ministry to women who are in correctional or rehab facilities. Volunteers are paired with a woman and commit to praying for their pen pal and to writing a minimum of two letters a month to help encourage and uplift her.
Safe Housing Ministries
For women 18 and older, this ministry provides restoration, healing, education, and reintegration skills for women. Provided at no cost, the women receive counseling, spiritual discipleship, life skills training, and more. For many of our residents, this is their first real home with positive family-like interactions.
The RAHAB Adult Safe House has provided me with a safe environment for me to work on my recovery. It helped me to strengthen my relationship with God. They have provided a great support foundation for me that has helped me transition back into society.
I have been here at the Safe House for over five months. I’ve got so much from my stay here. My relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, an amazing support group, a family I always wanted that has shown me I am loved. Whatever I choose to do with the help from Jesus. I choose to live today and…
Click here to see all 6 comments from women who have lived at the Adult Safe House: Adult Safe House Testimonies
To be eligible for our Adult Safe House you must be at least 18 years of age. So what happens when there are minors that need to get away to an safe but undisclosed location to heal and thrive?
We are in the process of raising funds for this significant project. If you would like to help with that, please contact the office.
At some point in the future when this is reality, we will need staff and volunteers to provide this safe haven for minors. Check back for more information on those opportunities over the next months and years.
Another issue we sometimes have in providing safe housing to women and girls is the fact that they have children, with no safe place to put those children while the mother gets away for safety and healing. So they stay on the streets, or in whatever their bad situation is for the sake of the children.
We would love to be able to offer them an option that does not require them to choose between their personal safety and health, and that of their children. Dream and pray with us about this potential future ministry. Lets wait on God together to see what wonderful things he wants to do.
The staff at the RAHAB office works behind the scenes to support all areas of the ministry. Responsibilities include managing all donations (financial and material), planning and preparing for training and fundraising events, interacting with the public via telephone and emails, writing/producing the newsletter, maintaining records and bookkeeping, …and more.
Given this entire ministry is built on the foundation of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the enemy does not just let these women slip easily from his grasp. Instead, it is a long hard fight against not only the enemy but his allies in the world and our sinful hearts. We desperately need the prayers of others to provide strength to the weary, open doors to hearts, and eyes to truth, and petition God to guide us in cooperating with the work he is doing in the women’s lives.
Volunteers in this ministry learn of needs through emails, newsletters, and occasional prayer gatherings.
Like anyone with vehicles or buildings, RAHAB Ministries has a need for people who are willing to help to maintain them. If you have mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or other handyman type skills and would be willing to donate your efforts to save RAHAB Ministries the expense of paying to have the work done, it would be a great help.
There are times when we need to transport women between facilities, or to an outing and need people willing to drive either RAHAB vehicles, or their personal vehicles to get the girls where they need to go.
Some of these opportunities are weekly or monthly. Others are one time sorts of things through out the year.