Safe Families for Children is diving into caring for families in communities across the nation, including families like Tabetha and her girls. Tabby wants all the best for her children, but she struggles to parent them since a hit and run accident left her wheelchair-bound. Now, her two youngest daughters are safely at home with Safe Families volunteers while Tabby works to recover (Read more about Tabby’s story here).

In my walk with Safe Families and Tabby, I see that this organization works with a mission more powerful than housing children in crisis—they work to restore community where God’s love and hospitality reigns.

See the journey of Safe Families and Tabby…

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Next Steps
    • Would you like to send an encouraging message to Tabetha? Leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure she reads it.
    • Learn more about Safe Families by visiting their website:
    • Consider becoming a Safe Family. You can be a blessing to a family like Tabby’s by opening up your home and your heart to families in your community.
    • Not in a place to take in children? Safe Families can still use you! Visit to find out how your talents can be used through this organization to bless others.
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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

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  1. Jo Nading said... 


    October 7th, 2011 at 7:49 am  

    Laura – love hearing about Safe Families. It is one of my most dear Front Line Ministries at Grace, and I can’t wait for the day until our family can get involved. I read and look at photos and smile and cry all at the same time. your story gives me a totally new outlook at Safe Families. I think I was keeping my mind limited to a narrow definition of “safe” and wHY that might be needed. Never really dawned on me that an incident like this one would wind up with Safe Families. I am grateful for your sharing. I am excited for your time with these great, great people. I look forward to more of your posts.

  2. Dave Rod said... 


    October 7th, 2011 at 8:26 am  

    It takes a village indeed! …maybe an army. Those little girls one day will understand their mother’s sacrifice and the amazing outpouring of love on their behalf. Would it not be wonderful to track their lives for the next 20 years and see what is born in them through the work of Safe Families?

  3. Jim.M said... 


    October 7th, 2011 at 9:06 pm  

    We see only the beginning, of so many stories written from God’s own heart. Penned by faithful followers like the women seen in these images, and lived out in faith by a courageous loving mother. Tabby…you are awesome!! Many will be praying for you and your beautiful children.

    Laura, thank you, now we patiently await the family reunion story and beyond.


  4. Laura Stump said... 


    October 8th, 2011 at 8:49 am  

    Jo: I was surprised as well, but it turns out that families (especially single moms) need Safe Families for a variety of reasons, including surgeries and temporary homelessness (maybe from losing a job).

    Dave and Jim: No doubt that this family is benefiting from this temporary placement of Brittany and Breanna…but I certainly do look forward to the reunification as well!

  5. Steve said... 


    October 11th, 2011 at 1:36 pm  

    Such beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. Thank you for capturing it so eloquently Laura. My heart aches for what Tabby and her girls are going through, but knowing how well they are being taken care of is so encouraging.

    Keep up the great work Krista and team!

  6. Laura Stump said... 


    October 12th, 2011 at 1:37 pm  

    Thanks Steve. I visited Tabby yesterday, and she’s working on using prosthetic legs! It was great to see her literally back on her feet.

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