Honoring Christ by serving the needs of children and families is the mission of Sheridan House Family Ministries. In 1968, Sheridan House was established as a home for boys with behavioral issues. Since then, the Sheridan House Residential Program has grown from a one home caring for 8 boys to five homes caring for almost 135 middle-school aged boys and girls each year.
Additionally, over the last 40+ years, the vision to help today’s family has expanded dramatically. In our quest to respond to families in need, we created a social services division for single parents who are currently experiencing a serious short term economic need. Annually, we provide over 4,000 single mothers and their kids with food, basic living resources, automobiles, and individualized and intensive training sessions in areas such as: finances, parenting, resume preparation and interviewing skills, meal planning on a budget, appropriate dress and more.
In 1993, Sheridan House opened a Counseling Center that annually serves hundreds of families and individuals by providing confidential and professional counseling services with a balanced, non-judgmental, Biblical approach.
Sheridan House is also involved nationally in “teaching” the basics necessary to grow a healthy family in today’s society through seminars held by Dr. Bob Barnes, our President, and his wife Rosemary. Dr. Barnes’ books, cds, parenting curriculum, and Parenting On Purpose blog are also available to assist in developing family and parenting skills.
Since its early years, Sheridan House has chosen not to receive government funding, believing that the community which we serve will provide our support. Thus, we are thankful to be 100% supported by individual, corporate, foundation, and church donations.
Our next challenge, as envisioned by the leadership, is to expand our residential care program by building additional children’s homes. In addition, we would like to offer duplex-type housing, vocational assistance, and a day care facility on our property in an effort to provide single mothers a means of having a “fresh start” as they put their lives back together.