Meet Our Chapter
Welcome to Raleigh’s Safe Families for Children Chapter!
Are you a parent experiencing a difficult season and in need of personal support and possibly a temporary, safe place for your children to stay while you get back on your feet? We are so glad you are here. Your family matters to us. Everyone needs a circle of support or a safety net to rely on. Click here to find out what we offer and how to access help.
Our Raleigh Safe Families for Children Chapter includes all Wake County towns such as Wake Forest, Cary, Apex and Holly Springs. Partnering with the local church, we are a volunteer driven and professionally supported movement committed to serving families in crisis. Our goal is to train and unleash churches to live out biblical hospitality so that families in crisis are supported with caring, compassionate community. Additionally, we partner with local ministries, social service agencies, and community resource providers.
How and when did we get started? Steve Marshall, a pastor near Wilmington and the founder of SFFC in North Carolina, formerly lived in Illinois where he helped develop the first SFFC chapter in 2003. In December 2015, Steve applied his SFFC experiences to North Carolina and began SFFC catalyst efforts in Wake County. For one year Steve and a few volunteers dedicated themselves to sharing the vision of SFFC with churches in Wake County and building up a base of vetted, trained volunteers. By December 2016, with a local volunteer coordinator in place, we were ready to respond to our first intake call.
See how the SFFC Model works in our churches
“My connection with Safe Families has been amazing. Having someone to help you get through those hard times, finding you resources or just even being there to talk to about your problems. It has motivated to help me reach goals that I don’t think I could have set doing this alone. With Safe Families I am not alone. I know I have people to turn to, which in turn gives me hope and faith to keep pushing forward. Everyone needs to know about Safe Families and how much people really do care.” -Mother engaged in a Family Friend and Family Coach partnership as she parents her 2 little girls.