Nina Tidwell, Co-founder of Ponce Church also Founder and Pastor of Augustine Church and Co-author of “The Main Thing” was 21 years old when her father and step mother moved from their home town in Michigan to Oklahoma. Both she and her younger sister found themselves in a position they did not expect. Although this was many years ago, she remembers a young couple from her church invited her and her sister to stay with them temporarily. Not long after they moved into the condo of a business woman who sublet two of her spare bedrooms for women. She did not stay very long and ended up moving in with a friend. She would also stay with her older sister who had two young boys.
During this unstable time in her life she came to know a very loving and merciful God and found a great church that she attended regularly. One Sunday while standing in the hallway an older couple came to Nina and invited her to live with them, she recalls feeling both surprised and happy all at the same time. Even though she was in her early 20′s she still felt the need of someones love, specifically a parents love. She accepted their invitation and says to this day it was one of the best decisions she had ever made. She says they treated her like she was their own daughter. They taught her responsibility such as how to budget, she even paid rent, but it was a small amount, only 10% of her paycheck each week. She even had a curfew.
Nina is now a wife and mother of two children 28 and 19 and a Grandmother. As a family they have for many years been active in helping others. She and her family have always had a vision to provide housing for women in need, and was introduced to the idea of helping young women aging out of foster care after reading about a charity in Austin, Texas that opened a house for age out foster girls. Upon reading this she realized that this was something they wanted to do and it wasn’t until just recently that it hit her: She realized that even though she was not a foster child, she remembers that as a young woman she experienced what many of the girls feel when they age out of the foster care system and are in need of a stable home. She also recalls that her father and step mother adopted their granddaughter since her mother was unable to care for her. Nina also began thinking about her two nieces who were also adopted, along with her daughter-in-law whose father and his wife also adopted two girls.
Statistics say that a teenage girl on the streets will be approached within 48 hours by a “pimp”, for many this results in a season or lifetime of sex slavery. (Kids at Risk Action – Children’s Rights Advocacy Network).
Please take a moment to watch this short spoken word video their son and pastor of Ormond Church Rich Tidwell: She Surrendered Thank you.
LEGACY HOUSE: You can join us in supporting the
Legacy Housing Project:
To date Ormond Church has helped raise over $40,000 to house age-out foster girls in the Ormond Beach area. We are happy to announce that we are preparing to launch a 2nd Legacy House in the St. Augustine area. Because of the generosity of others we have located the perfect property in Ormond Beach. Our oldest son Rich (Pastor of OC) and his wife Brandi are sincerely committed to the success of this program that they have moved into one of the households on the property in order to be the on-site caretakers and mentors of these precious young women.
With the planting of our 3rd church Augustine Church pastored by Nina Tidwell, we will be able to reach more young women to help provide a safe and nurturing lifestyle. As a community we will not only be providing housing and other material needs, but also a solid foundation for them to continue their college education and change their legacies forever. Most importantly, we will prevent these statistically at-risk girls from becoming victims of the global, national, and local sex trafficking industry.
If you would like to support the Legacy Housing Project please email Pastor Nina at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
Children’s Welfare Infant Statistics Gateway
- 400,540 children in Foster Care
- 52% Male – 48% Female
Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute
- Each year 27,000 youth age out of foster care
Homeless Services Council
- Youth between ages 18-23 are the fastest growing segment of the homeless Population in Florida.
This year 400 children will age out of the foster care system. Children’s Home Society of Florida
Cycles of Poverty and Instability
(Casey Family Programs & Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute)
- 51% of aged out foster teens will be unemployed within the first year
- 40% of young ladies will become pregnant within the first year
- Within 2-4 years after leaving state care, 32% will change living situations 5+ times
- 25% do not have a high school diploma or GED
- Only 3-11% who plan on attending two- or four-year college, will receive a degree
- 75% receive government benefits to meet basic needs
(Kids at Risk Action – Children’s Rights Advocacy Network)
- It’s estimated that a teenage girl on the streets will be approached within 48 hours by a “pimp”
- For many, this results in a season or lifetime of sex slavery
- Pimps use underage sex workers to recruit fellow group home and shelter residents
- The majority of underage prostitution arrests in the US are of women who came from foster care
Sex Trafficking and Sexual Abuse
(Department of Justice, Polaris Project & Kids at Risk Action )
- 100,000 children are trafficked in the US each year
- 70% of the children trafficked were in the foster care system at some point
- 29% of the children exiting the foster system each year are in some way being sexually exploited
- 13% are sexually assaulted and/or raped within 12-18 months after discharge from foster care
(Casey Family Programs)
- 50% of aged out foster teens will become homeless within the first year
(Casey Family Programs & Child Welfare information Gateway)
- 50% of aged out foster teens will become incarcerated within the first year
- Of those, 245,460 exited the foster system
- Of those, 10% aged out of the foster care system