Any gardener knows that good soil is necessary to support plant life. And a garden full of good soil symbolizes the support Central New York women looking to escape addiction, abuse and poverty find at Exodus 3 Ministries.
Exodus 3 Ministries is one of Reformed Church of Syracuse's community partner ministries. The organization offers safe housing and services to women interested in growing and renewing their lives. Exodus 3 Ministries' mission statement reads, in part,
"Exodus House is a strength-based, solution focused program for women. Through our residency program, women are assisted with the skills and resources necessary to build a bridge out of poverty and to develop healthy, sustainable relationships with their families, service providers, faith communities, and the community at large."
Our church supports Exodus 3 financially but in other ways as well. When an RCS member recently learned of the need for some garden space for Exodus House, he built some raised-bed gardens for fruit and vegetable growing. It's just one more way we are hoping to reach out to others in our community and plant seeds of encouragement.
Reverend Suzi Harriff has begun a book study/spiritual conversation on Sunday afternoons this fall, based on Barbara Brown Taylor's book Learning to Walk in the Dark. The group meets at 4 p.m. at the Harriff's home. If you would like to be a part of this gathering or would like more details, please email Rev. Suzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text her at (315) 415-9644. It's not too late to get involved.