2018 Grant Recipient: Lubbock Dream Center
for December 13, 2018
Today, we’re checking in with our partners at the New Legacy Home for Women, an initiative of the Lubbock Dream Center that serves women from the Lubbock, Texas region who are in crisis and have the desire to move out of destructive life patterns and integrate positive change into their lives. In 2018, Legacy Collective awarded a $27,000 grant to the Lubbock Dream Center to furnish the New Legacy Home with appliances, furniture, decor, and other essentials to create a therapeutic and restoring environment for the women served by this program.
Love Changes Everything
Have you ever literally watched love change lives?” This is the question that Shanna Hargrave, Executive Director of the Lubbock Dream Center’s New Legacy Home for Women posed when she shared an update on what’s been happening at the center since receiving their Legacy Collective grant earlier this year. “This [change] is exactly what I have witnessed since the opening of the New Legacy Home”, she said. “I have watched ladies come in with walls they had built up around them, and have seen those walls begin to crumble…It has been nothing short of God’s miracle love that has been demonstrated.”
The New Legacy Home for Women serves women ages 21 to 40 from all socio-economic backgrounds as they endeavor to move out of habits caused by drug and alcohol abuse, issues of anger, failure, rejection, and doubt that arise through the experiences of single motherhood, physical abuse, unplanned pregnancy, and a myriad of other circumstances by providing them with opportunities to write a new life story, discover their destiny in God, and radically change the legacy they leave for future generations.
How does this happen?
Shanna would say that it comes through the unfailing love demonstrated through all of their supporters. “I have watched our first two women (Meghan and Kristine) receive unconditional love from a community of believers cheering them on.
“This love looks like fellow Christians leading a devotional, baking Thanksgiving pies, making Christmas decorations, facilitating Bible Studies, driving them to appointments, coming to pray, teaching a class, giving a financial gift, sending notes of encouragement, throwing birthday parties, attending walking club, praising beside us, Christmas presents under the tree, sitting at the table together, and the list goes on and on. Loving each other is what we are meant to do. The kind of selfless love that has been poured into the Legacy Ladies has the power to change live. I have witnessed it from the front line.”
Since opening earlier this year, the New Legacy Home for Women has welcomed its first two residents to the program.Meghan, 18, came to the New Legacy Home from the Lubbock County Detention Center. Since arriving at the home, Meghan has demonstrated a strong desire to overcome the addictions that she was bound up in and has completely surrendered her life to Christ.
“I believe wholeheartedly that this is the place God appointed for me to attain the brand-new beginning, healing, focus, and hunger that I’ve been craving. The people within this home and community have poured out the love of Jesus to me…God is using this place and these people to bring so much light, focus and purpose into my life… God has opened my heart and my eyes and placed a fire within me. He chased me down to place me here in the midst of such love and purpose.”
The center’s second resident, Kristine, also came to them from the Lubbock County Detention Center. Kristine, who is 30, has two children that are living with her mother while she completes the program and New Legacy Home staff have observed Kristine’s relationships with her children, mom, and step-dad being restored during this process.
“Coming [here] has been a life-changing experience…Voluntarily giving up my freedom to enter a 15-month long program seemed impossible to comprehend, but with strong faith and God’s grace, it has been the “easiest-hardest” thing I’ve ever had to do. It is hard to give up everything and not knowing what is to come, but easy because of the love from the people who surround me. Regardless of my past, I am loved.”
A few weeks ago, both women marked a special occasion since beginning their journey in the program. They both were baptized, making the decision to go deeper with God.
“Both Ladies are so grateful to have the opportunity to have a new foundation to build on,” Shanna said. “God is writing a new story for their lives so that they can leave a new legacy for future generations…We are so thankful for the Legacy Collective’s partnership and gift to the New Legacy Home. Lives are being changed for eternity.”
Since receiving this update from our partners, Shanna and the staff, along with Meghan and Kristine, welcomed two new residents to the program. The New Legacy Home unit has the capacity to serve up to 24 women concurrently. Meghan and Kristine are just two months in to their fifteen-month commitment in the program and are already mentoring the new arrivals and taking part in their redemption stories. We couldn’t be more proud of their success!