It began with prayer, a vision, and a specific mission statement. In a dream, the Lord gave JoDee a vision of a walled city. There were no gates in or out of the city, and the people inside were listless, milling about with no vision, purpose, or strength. The Lord woke her up one night and told her to start a company with the specific mission statement “to create an awareness of and a desire to meet Jesus.”
JoDee understood that before she could begin the work the Lord had called her for, she had to understand what Single Moms felt. At the advice of her husband, Peter, she enlisted the help of well known researchers, Kenny and Associates. Their task was to unlock the key to the mindset of Single Moms so they could better be served and loved. What they learned provided the insight needed to form the core beliefs of the Caring People, Single Moms desire unconditional love, acceptance, and friendship. After several pilot programs in San Jose and Fresno, California the organization sharpened its focus to train Christian women to lead Christ-centered “Care Groups” for Single Moms. Springfield, Missouri birthed the first Care Group. Caring Women began to really reach and impact Single Moms.
Today, hundreds of women have attended one day workshops in cities throughout the midwest and internationally in El Salvador to launch city chapters and open more Care Groups. Single Moms and their children are attending these weekly Care Groups led by strong, loving Caring Women in new locations each year. Over 60 Care Groups meet worldwide and the ministry continues to grow. Caring Women are “breaking through the walls” and going out into the world. We believe we can’t wait for Single Moms to come to church, but must go to them – must love Single Moms where they are and invite them into safe, loving Care Groups! JoDee’s dream has turned into reality! Learn more at The Caring People website. Listen to the interview.