About APFU

Our Mission

A Place For Us Ministries is a non-profit, residential Christian program that exists to minister to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of girls facing crisis situations. A Place For Us provides physical care in the form of a home for the residents and practical training related to homemaking and parenthood (if pregnant), spiritual care in the form of prayer support, Biblical guidance and teaching, and emotional care in the form of encouragement and compassion.

Our History

A Place For Us Ministries was organized in 2001. The heart of the ministry is “to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; …to comfort all who mourn… to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

In 2002, a temporary home was opened in a donated facility on Lake Greenwood where over twenty birthmothers were served. The temporary site was sold in 2004. In 2005, APFU broke ground to begin construction on a permanent facility. The 3265 square foot home, which was completed debt-free in December 2006, can house up to six birthmothers at one time. The first birthmother moved into the new home in April 2007. To date, we have served a total of more than 50 birthmothers, along with their families and the birthfathers.

During the building phase of the permanent home, APFU opened “The Alcoves.” The store is a marketplace ministry, consisting of approximately 30 mini boutique shops. “The Alcoves” is also home to “The Shepherd Shoppe,” a Christian bookstore. Also located within “The Alcoves” are “The Secret Place” (an upscale resale boutique owned and operated by APFU) and (coming soon) the “Goodness and Mercy Tea Room.” A small percentage of the sales from “The Alcoves” helps support APFU.

In 2007, A Place For Us began hosting “The Most Excellent Way” at the Alcoves. “The Most Excellent Way” is a Christ based support group for those facing drug and alcohol addictions and other life-controlling issues. “The Most Excellent Way” meets Mondays at 6:30PM in the basement of the Alcoves. For more information about “The Most Excellent Way,” click here. http://www.mostexcellentway.org

In August 2010, A Place for Us decided to change the direction of their program to not only include girls that are pregnant but to also include girls that are struggling with other issues. Our hope is to show these girls their true identity in Christ and allow God to transform their ashes into wholeness & beauty.

OUR STORIES

Hi my name is Kaleigha,

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I am a current resident at APFU. I am fourteen months old. My mom has become a lead resident at APFU…that means that she has passed her GED and is now attending Piedmont Technical college. My mom has to help the house staff… She fills in for them at times and she also goes grocery shopping for the APFU home. I am well taken care of at the ministry. It is amazing but everything I need is provided through loving people that support this ministry. I am a very happy and pleasant baby and I hear them say I am beautiful too.
My mom prayers over me everyday and reads me bible stories. I love watching Veggie Tales. The staff here are great they treat me with love and patience everyday. The other residents love me too. I believe me and my mom are being equipped to do something great in the Kingdom of God. If you support this ministry then you support me:). Thanks for all you do my name is Kaleigha and My Story Matters!

 

 

 

Hi my name is Karen, Karen

Hopefully you read the post by my  little girl. Her name is Kaleigha. I am a very blessed young lady, the Lord has shown His great love through the many hands that support APFU. My daughter and myself are very grateful for all the ways we are cared for through this ministry.
I was pregnant and homeless when I arrived at APFU with no where to go with a crushed spirit and a broken heart. I have been disappointed by many…I put my confidence in people and now I have learned that Jesus is my support system. I did not have the confidence that I could even pass my GED. But I passed that with flying colors and now maintain an “A” in my studies at Piedmont tech. I do not say that to boost in myself, but because of God’s faithfulness. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! Philippians 4:13   My name is Karen….and My Story Matters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi my name is Keema,

Keema

I am a thankful mom that came from being pregnant and homeless, someone without hope, to finding out who I am in Christ. I am now parenting my daughter Maylah at APFU residential home. I am currently studying for my GED, learning parenting skills, attending Bible studies and budgeting classes. I am able to work on job skill training and resume building each day as I serve in a volunteer role in the Secret Place (where clothes and household items are donated). I am learning that God will supply all of my needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus… This is very hard for me… because I have learned to be a survivor in my own strength. My anger controlled me for many years and it is still something I am having to work on every day. God is showing me although many times we may not be able to rely on our earthly parents… We can always rely on our heavenly father. My name is Keema and My Story Matters.

Hi my name is Mayalah

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and I am 5 months old. My mom came to APFU ministries
in April 2013 before giving birth to me. I am thankful for the great care my
mom has received and for all the love that is being given to me. My mom
volunteers at the ministry and she is able to earn mommy bucks. With those
mommy bucks she is able to purchase diapers, wipes, clothes and everything she
needs to take care of me. I understand there are a lot of loving people that
give to this ministry in more ways than one. Thank you all for making a
difference in mine and my mommies life. My name is Maleigha and My Story Matters.

 

Hi my name is Parker

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I am two months old… My mom is a current resident at APFU. I believe God has plans
to use me and my story to share the beauty of open adoption. My birth mommy chose
to bless another family by allowing them to raise me and helping train me to be
a great man of God one day. The foot pictured here is mine… My parents are
praying that they will be the feet to spread the good news one day. I am
adjusting really well and love my sister; Her name is Hannah. My mom and dad take
really good care of me, and they also check in on my birth mommy, and they
share with me how well she is doing. They tell me how much she loves me. I am
learning already at this early age how much she loves me and Jesus does too!

I get to visit with her next month and I am sure I will get lots of hugs and
kisses. Me and my family spent the first two weeks of my life with her and she
planned a really nice dedication service for me where I was dedicated to the
Lord. See many times… It is a blessing when birth moms realize they want
better for their child than they are able to offer. As we read the bible we
will find that adoption was God’s plan in the very beginning. He even adopts us
unto Himself.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with
every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us
in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without
blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus
Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of
the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians
1:3-6 NKJV) Thanks for reading…. my name is Parker and my Story Matters!

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Contact A Place For Us

P.O. Box 797, Greenwood, SC 29648 Phone: 864-229-4243
Website: http://aplaceforus.com
Email: info@aplaceforus.com
 

Why We Are Here

"The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners."
Isaiah 61:1 HCSB