Garden Path Ministries
A New Vision
by Rosalie Campbell
Garden Path Ministries was founded in 1998, incorporated in 2002 and qualified as a non-profit organization in 2003 for the purpose of helping women in crisis and struggling with past hurts. And to bring them hope through a personal relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ.
In 2002, GPM reached out to women in prison with study material, Called Back to the Garden as a correspondence course. To implement this program, GPM recruited and trained over 75 volunteer women over the years as respondents to the female inmates who were enrolled in this restoration study. Because of the faithfulness of our donors, we have been able to offer many resources to those who are incarcerated, such as Bible studies and devotionals.
In 2007, GPM also developed a program called Living Skills for Success, a video class and discussion group for inmates at California Institution for Women in Corona, CA. Another program, Life Coaching was introduced in 2009. Both programs continued at CIW through 2012.
In 2012, GPM had a new vision to reach out into the community and help men and women in re-entry, local homeless and those in transition with basic resources. Through the grace of God, GPM, a 2200 sq. ft. building space became available to our ministry in Moreno Valley. FOCUS Outreach Center opened its doors to provide food, clothing, counseling, classes to those in need. Besides serving breakfasts and lunches four days a week, the volunteers and staff gave the people who came through our doors words of encouragement and more importantly hope from God’s Word. All resources and services provided by GPM were offered at no expense to our clients. During the period of time from 2012-2017, GPM has served 29,388 meals, provided 12,000 articles of clothing and counseled 200 clients.
Due to an increase in rent FOCUS was forced to vacate the premises in July, 2017 and close their doors. After much prayer in seeking God’s will and a three month rest period, a new door was opened for Garden Path Ministries to help low income families and seniors by providing them with food and other resources. .
GPM is now partnering with Helping Hands, another non-profit Christian ministry that gives monthly bags of food to the needy in Temecula to Lake Elsinore. GPM is currently providing food and clothing to low income families, seniors and shut-ins in Quail Valley. In the near future GPM will also provide resources to the poor in the cities of Perris, Sun City, and Hemet, This outreach continues on with GPM’s mission statement to educate, equip and encourage people in transition. With each bag of food, GPM includes a Scripture verse that offers encouragement from God’s Word to distressed people.
GPM will continue to distribute study material for both men and women in prison with three Bible studies: Turning From Darkness to Light (English and Spanish versions), The Shepherd’s Voice, and Connecting with God. Prison chaplains in the states of California, Arizona, and South Dakota distribute these books to the inmates. Prison Fellowship in California also uses this material in their classes in prisons and detention centers. To date 10,473 study books have been distributed to inmates.