Testimony Tuesday: Meet Gerry Thacker "Hello, my name is Gerry Thacker. I entered this program on February 20, 2019 from prison. I did 8 1/2 months this time. When I came to Safe Harbor I had to learn how to live without drugs and the lifestyle that I had lived for so long. I have been here for nearly five months because I don't feel like I am ready to go back out into the world. Because the structure and the program that they have here, it's been hard not to go back home to my family and kids. I don't feel that I am ready yet. This is the longest that I have been out of prison in three years and I have begun to deal with the things that has happened in my life, like losing my dad. That is what contributed to me using drugs. This place has taught me how to live life and overcome some obstacles in my life, and gave me the structure that I need in my life. I am very thankful that Safe Harbor has given me the chance to do that."
I came into the program on 12/6/2018. I was welcomed with open arms. The staff was excellent. They briefed me about the rules and how I was to conduct myself. They also showed me around the facility, my living quarters and provided me with a care package of essential items I needed. I am so blessed to be here, I give God all the praise. I humbled myself even more. I learned, from Safe Harbor, pointers where I was lacking through the classes that they provide; being punctual in everyday living, getting up on time, being at work everyday and doing what a man is supposed to do by providing for himself and his family. Safe Harbor has provided me transportation to all of my appointments, work, outings and has given me clothing, shelter & employment. I was also able to attend AA / NA Meetings. The classes have shown me how to apply things in my life. What it takes to survive everyday; being honest, compassion for others, not complaining when things don't go my way. Safe Harbor has shown me "put God first" and He will put me on the path that He wants me to travel. That is the only way that I want to go in life. His direction. - Ricky Mahomes
“When I first arrived at Safe Harbor, I had my doubts. I just wanted to do my 90 days and be gone. However, after I got into the program I noticed some things I needed to change about myself that I had not noticed until I got here and started to get involved. Safe Harbor helped me to renew my relationship with God and has given me a new sense about what my life means and whom I should be serving in my life. Safe Harbor has also helped me restore my self confidence and self respect, something I had lost being a convicted felon. This place has also given me the necessary tools that I can use throughout my life that will allow me to be a successful citizen in society and most importantly a better Christian man.” - Tyson Norsworthy
“I arrived at Safe Harbor on April 17, 2018 with a desire for change, had no idea it was a Faith based program, but God knew what I needed for where I was in my life. The staff at Safe Harbor was very helpful in making me feel welcome and reassuring me that what I'm looking for in my life can be accomplished here. They were very confident in the structure of their program with rules & regulations to get you ready to be a productive member of society and to get a good relationship & foundation with Christ. The program taught me to get out of my own way and give it to God. It can not be done without Him. I've gained a new relationship with my family and children. Safe Harbor put me back on track to fulfill my purpose in life. Special thanks to Pastor Eric and all staff who played a roll in my recovery. And a very special thanks to the students at Safe Harbor, without their so familiar stories I wouldn't have been able to understand that I was not alone. Thank you again Safe Harbor Staff & Students!” - Byron Thomas
There is no greater joy than a sense of one’s purpose and feeling it beyond reason. The heart beating gives reason to existence; yet purpose defines the reason. In all my ability and utterance to God be the Glory, in Jesus Name, Amen! There was a point in my life when secular living was my way of life. Though growing up I heard words like love, peace and joy, those words fell on deaf ears. I only related to dysfunction, trouble & anger. Having an absent father & a mother in a drug induced state more times than not, resentment flowed where self-worth left me with no vision of prosperity, hope and any kind of faith. From as far back as I can remember I hated the life I was given & myself, with a passion. Destined to die anyway, I thought to play God on many occasions unconsciously, by any means worldly accessible, than continue in my self-inflicted chaos. I was human, yet during my journey in my storms of anger, despair, hopelessness & brokenness, faith would intervene, regardless of my resistance… FAITH! Followed by comfort, strength & the power of living words from a forgiving, grace giving, full of mercy, loving God that I know & believe is real. I found purpose in the insufficient being. I am redeemed and set apart from my prior bondage in life. I became free from the captivity of the world and my mind. I have an attitude of gratitude about what God has done in me & for me. We are all partial in judging ourselves & our actions. Joshua 24: 14 - 15
Hello, my name is Robert Cheater. I am so glad that I chose Safe Harbor as the facility of my choice, out of the many options. The structure was the first thing that I noticed about the program when I first got here. This has been a “Life Changer” thus far, and I was blessed to get a job the 2nd week I was here. I am able to save money, so that when I transition back home I won’t go home “empty handed”, but can contribute to the welfare of my family. Safe Harbor has helped me a lot, I now do things a lot different. This place has shown me how to change, and change in a good way. I have found my Lord, and I’m so happy He put me in a place like this. Thank you, Safe Harbor, for all the things you’ve done for me, and thank you Pastor.
“I paroled here from ACC in Little Rock. I have been at Safe Harbor for 90 days. I am fully employed & believing in Christ. Safe Harbor has helped me to get my driver’s license, redirect my mind and get into a great relationship with my family.
I look forward to stability, patience, being more encouraging and spiritual each day & being more productive in the community. I plan on enrolling in Theology school and becoming a minister.”
September 3, 2011 Graduate Testimony – George VanZandbergen After receiving a DWI in 2010, George lost his license, job, and tried to commit suicide. While staying in a VA hospital, his major shared with him about our faith-based recovery support program. George had previously completed a 12 step program but was missing the vital component, spiritual support. George is a recent graduate of Safe Harbor Church of Little Rock. As his relationship with Christ developed, he began to release control of his life and viewed difficult situations in a godly perspective. Before attending Safe Harbor, VanZandbergen had not spoken to his family for some time, however now he communicates with his children and close relatives regularly both by phone and through social networking sites. After serving in the military for 20 years and losing what he had worked for to addiction, he has regained his desire to serve the community and also encourage others by sharing what he has learned.