Hesed Homes

Hesed Homes

Mercy with loving kindness

Mission: To break the cycle of poverty by offering a safe and loving environment to women and children in crisis through radical mercy and Christ-centered relationships.

Vision: Rescue. Recover. Restore

*Hesed Homes are NOT a shelter.* “Hesed” is a Hebrew word that is defined as exceeding love and kindness or grace. Hesed Homes are occupied by committed Christ followers who practice biblical hospitality. The homes are specifically designed to care for children whose parents or guardians are struggling. This work isn’t possible without the commitment of churches all across the city. In many situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. Hesed Homes create extended family–like atmosphere that offers support for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact so that every child can thrive.

In the past, extended family or neighbors stepped in to help families in crisis by caring for their children and families for short periods of time. Today, however, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is nonexistent, or unavailable or unable to help.

Adding to the problem is the fact that most state child welfare agencies are required under law to rescue only those children who suffer blatant abuse or neglect, leaving thousands of children at risk. Short term intervention often allows crisis situations to cool down and work on real solutions.

Our Objectives

  • Rescue: Provide a safe and loving environment to keep children and women safe during a family crisis (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, etc.).
  • Recover: We offer support and Christian community to recover from their crises situations. We seek to stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with a caring compassionate community.
  • Restore: We connect families to local churches, resources, and services to move them out of crises. We seek to reunite families, and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system.

*Hesed Homes are not a shelter. They operate on a referral system.*

To learn more about the Hesed Homes please email info@mpaustin.org.