Ethel Ellison and her husband, Carl, ran the Stockton Gospel Mission. One evening as it was getting dark, she had to tell yet another woman there was no place at the mission for her to stay. Walking out the door, the woman turned and said, “It’s strange; there is a shelter for men and for children, and an animal shelter for the dogs and cats, but no place for women!”
That night Ethel felt impressed to provide a place for women in need. On August 01, 1957, women from thirteen thirteen churches formed a temporary Board of Directors for the organization that would become the Haven of Peace, the first homeless shelter for women and children in San Joaquin County. The group found an old two-story house and raised the money needed to purchase the building and a local Christian businessman carried the balance needed at a low-interest rate. In June 1959, after much prayer, cleaning and painting, they were ready to move in.
As time went on, the Haven outgrew that little house. In September 1967, groundbreaking services were held at their present location in French Camp.
Haven of Peace has been selected as RPESJC's current charity. We invite you to visit their website at https://havenofpeaceinc.com/ to learn more about them and how you can support this worthwhile organization.