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.