Drug Addiction can be a dark and lonely place.
Addiction is when a person can't stop using, Not when it puts their health in danger. Especially when it causes financial, emotional, and other problems for them or their loved ones. That urge to get and use drugs can fill up every minute of the day, even if they want to quit. At first, they may choose to take a drug because they like the way it makes them feel. A drug addict may think they can control how much and how often they use it. But over time, drugs change how the brain works. These physical changes can last a long time. They make a person lose self-control and can lead to damaging behaviors and end up where they never belonged, such as jails, institutions sometimes, unfortunately, death.
When women leave jails and institutions, some have nowhere to go, nothing to wear and nothing to eat. Some are left with no other choice but to return to the environment and circumstances that they were in previously. Without help and support it was nearly impossible for these individuals to make a break from their old lifestyles. but it's never too late to strengthen a relationship with God while getting the treatment needed to overcome this battle.
Grave Haven Ministries uses a faith-based approach to addiction recovery that can be one of the most effective ways to help addicts and alcoholics find lasting freedom and sobriety. Grace Haven believes that it is important to combine the spiritual component with other programming including education, clinical appointments, relapse prevention, and individual counseling sessions. God has given doctors, nurses and therapist some great insights on the neurological and physiological effects of addiction, therefore we understand that embracing the studies
and findings from secular programs and sources will assist our women without compromising our message of hope. Whether women are suffering from an opiate addiction or any other addiction, Grace Haven is here to help women strengthen their faith during the recovery process.
At Grace Haven, we feel as if they are in a place where the program and staff will give grace for their mistakes AND lead them into successful living. Once someone knows they are accepted despite their shortcomings, they will be inspired to strive for better living. Our approach is
to show the unconditional love of Jesus and the right amount of grace needed to inspire confidence balanced with the right amount of accountability to promote a successful life.
Our mission is to Rescue, Renew, Restore and Return women to family and community after being set free of addiction through the power of Jesus Christ. We encourage their development of self-esteem and attainment of self-sufficiency through our commitment of providing a holistic, safe and supportive environment, and through our programs of housing, advocacy, vocational experience and empowerment.
GRACE HAVEN IS FREE OF CHARGE to all women suffering from addiction and want help to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of a spiritual, physical and mental deficiency due to their drug abuse. These women, who make the decision to start our programs can stay AS LONG AS THEY NEED!!
The Grace House has been in operation since 2007 and is fully funded through the gifts of individuals and area churches who believe there is a great need for a safe living environment that meets the basic needs of women and offering them an opportunity for a new beginning.
Maryann Hess has been a nurse at The Wexner Medical Center for 25 years. The last 18 years has been in the STEPP Clinic (this is a high-risk Ob clinic for addiction in pregnancy). She has also worked at Children's Hospital for 17 years in Home Health and in the Infectious Disease Clinic (The Faces Program). She has served at Fairfield Christian Church in the youth ministries for 15 years. She has been the House mom at Grace Haven for 4 years and took over Directorship in June of 2018. Maryann has 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. In her spare time she spends time with her family.
Chrissy (Christina) Kittle has been treasurer of Grace Haven ministries since 2016. She is a Commercial Cash Management Banking Officer at Fairfield National Bank in Lancaster Ohio. She has over 5 years banking experience with 4+ specifically in business, nonprofit and public fund banking. She specializes in helping business customers with a wide variety of banking services including, but not limited to, payroll direct deposit and fraud detection products. A Lancaster native she graduated from Ohio University with a bachelors in communication. Her and her husband reside in Lancaster and are members of Fairfield Christian Church. She serves on the Fairfield Christian Church worship team as a drummer. She is passionate about music and fitness and believe both are healthy for the body mind and soul. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Robert K Fox Family YMCA in Lancaster. In her free time if she is not found in the gym or at church she likes to read books and spend time friends and family.
Jackie Hardman has been involved with Grace Haven Ministries since 2016. She served as Executive Director from 2016 to 2018. Jackie is a commander of her local American Legion post, as she is a Navy veteran. She teaches a bible study at the women's prison and ministers at a nursing home with a therapy god. She is now employed in Veterinary Medicine. Jackie is passionate about pickleball, outdoor sports, biking and service work to the Lancaster community.
Meredith Haberle has been involved with Grace Haven Ministries since 2017. She has been a board member since 2019. Meredith received her bachelor's degree of ministry from SOMA in 2008 and Associate degree in Information Technology. She utilized her ministry degree at The Salvation Army, where she oversaw the youth and teen programs for 5 years. Meredith is the owner of FAITH2FITNESS, a faith based fitness company that offers personal training and group fitness classes. FAITH2FITNESS has been teaching fitness classes at Grace Haven since 2018. Meredith has been the Director of Media from 2012 to present with Haberle Home Comfort Solutions. She has developed E-Commerce sites for various businesses. She has directed the media and has been the Website administrator of Grace Haven Ministries web site since early 2019. Meredith has been teaching crafting class at Grace Haven this year and has helped with starting the crafting business. She, also, has overseen the fundraising and grant writing this year at Grace Haven. Meredith has a loving husband, Jason Haberle and three children, Dreema, Nathan and Taylor Haberle. Jason and Meredith own a general contracting and HVAC business, Haberle Home Comfort Solutions. They have been in business for 7 years. Jason is a master carpenter of 20+ years and has been an HVAC installer for the last 5 years. Meredith is passionate about her family, fitness and helping Grace Haven Ministries in any capacity.
Angie joined Grace Haven ministries as a yoga instructor in 2018. Her passion for helping others led her to serving on the Grace Haven board soon after. This passion resonates as well through her work as assistant manager at Power Shack Fitness and as a group fitness instructor at the Robert K. Fox YMCA. She is a graduate of Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center where she studied dance and also Fairfield Career Center where she earned a certificate in Accounting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, riding her bicycle in support of charity events, and traveling the country judging regional and national dance competitions.
Brenda Carson has recently started serving with Grace Haven Ministries as a board member. She has been the Office Manager for Big Ideas Branding & Apparel in Lancaster, Ohio, for the last nine years and has 27 years of experience in office management and sales. Brenda was born and raised in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1981. She has four children and five grandchildren. She attends Victory Hill Church and, in her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time outdoors, reading, and spending quality time with her family
Sue E. Schmitz has been involved with Grace Haven Ministries since 2016. She is the Adult Liaison to Mystical Garden Club of Bremen since 2012 to present. Sue has a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Capital University and received her Master of Science in Education at the University of Dayton. Sue taught Biology and French at Fairfield Union High School till 2004. She also, served in the capacity of Children's Ministry Program Director at Bremen United Methodist Church from 2004 to 2006. She Sue attends Bremen United Methodist Church
Teresa Marshall co-owns a ServiceMaster franchise with her husband Dan. They do commercial and janitorial cleaning in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Pickaway, Ross and other surrounding counties. They have owned the business since 2010, however, Dan's father had his Fairfield County license with ServiceMaster since 1984. Teresa is the office manager and Dan handles sales and operations. Teresa was raised in Silver City, NM and served in the US Navy from 1984-1989. After leaving the Navy, Teresa attended college in San Diego, CA. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Nutritional Science in 1996. In 1997, the family moved to Lancaster and Dan worked in the ServiceMaster business, while Teresa stayed home with the children and had a Direct Sales business. They have 3 children, the youngest is a senior at FCA. Teresa attends Zion Christian Fellowship in Pickerington, OH. Teresa volunteers in the church nursery, facilitates a bible study in her home and serves on the boards of PDHC and DDL. Teresa is passionate about Jesus, healthy living and pro-life issues. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, shop at vintage stores, read or work outside.