He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work.
Justice Home is a transitional home for women. We are a non-profit organization under the 501c3 of Set Free Ministries | Freedom Fellowship Church in San Angelo, Texas.
We aspire to honor Jesus by discipling them in Christian principles, teaching practical life skills, encouraging them spiritually and emotionally, and offering hope for their future. We are committed to providing these women with excellent program services that allow them to recognize their worth to the Lord and their own self-worth and prepare them to reach their full potential.
The odds are stacked against them. Statistically, over half of the women who are released are re-arrested within their first year. The greatest amount of re-arrests occur within their first three to six months. Other women in abusive or difficult situations also have very few options to help out with their circumstances.
Justice Home stands in that gap, so when these women stand at that pivotal point of decision, instead of retreating to familiar and destructive patterns, they have a choice to live a new life of hope, grace and trust.
Justice Home is not denominationally focused. Our goal is to raise awareness and support for this ministry by building “real”ationships with the local churches, this is the call and the work of the Body of Christ to its community.
Learning the fundamentals is a major part of the Justice Home process. Each woman receives training in the areas of cooking, cleaning, managing a home environment, and managing a budget. We have the opportunity to teach them how to live a life of value, to value others, and get and keep a job.
Our objective is to raise awareness and funds to—sustain and maintain our current home, be able to offer more women the opportunity to change their lives, provide resources to meet basic needs like food, clothing, getting the proper documentation and IDs, job placement, support and continued mentoring through building “real”ationships for a lifetime.
Pastor Harold & Mary Lou Watkins
Pastor Harold and Mary Lou Watkins established Freedom Fellowship in 2001 after serving faithfully in several churches in San Angelo in the capacity of worship leader and college ministers.
During the evolution of Freedom Fellowship Harold served as the Assistant Chaplain at Tom Green County Jail and then both he and his wife served as Chaplains at two local nursing homes. They both have the same desire to see people from all walks of life surrender their lives to Jesus---not only for heavenly salvation, but also to be able to walk in freedom.
Harold and Mary Lou are both from San Angelo and have been married for over 40 years. They have two children that are married and one grandson.
Carrol Hill retired as Senior lender after forty-two years of banking in San Angelo. Carrol is a member of Freedom Fellowship church serving as Deacon and Ministry Outreach for eight years. Carrol also served on the board of Set Free Ministries for five years. He is married to the former Chloe Jane Ratliff they both share in the joy of serving the Lord together.
Eric A. Sanchez
Eric holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley (ADACCV) and has served in this capacity for over thirteen years.
Prior to joining ADACCV, he spent over twelve years in the criminal justice system as a Dallas County Juvenile Probation Officer and over ten years as an Adult Probation Officer for the Concho Valley Community Supervision & Corrections Department where he served in various positions including the administrator for the Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Program.
Eric has served on many boards and groups in our community including the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Angelo, Hospice of San Angelo, Concho Valley Workforce Development Board, SAISD Facilities Committee, City of San Angelo Racial Relations Task Force, the Janus Project, Leadership San Angelo,West Texas CREO and the State of Texas Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee. He currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Association of Substance Abuse Programs, a statewide trade organization.
Eric enjoys working with his hands, writing, martial arts and his greatest joys are his children, Natalia, Camille, Hilary, Nathan and Trevor.
LaFonda Birdcreek holds the position of Home Administrator for the Justice Home.
Coming to San Angelo from Weatherford, TX, LaFonda brings a vast and varied amount of experience. Her background in law enforcement helps her to understand the workings of the court system. She served as a Certified Texas Peace Officer for many years in Tarrant County, and graduated from the North Texas Council of Government Regional Police Academy. LaFonda continued her education in Criminal Justice and was a street cop, in communications and for the last 3 years on the Criminal Warrant Squad.
She is an Air Force child whose father served 23.5 years, and since moving and going to different schools occurred every few years, she makes friends very easily. Her dad was also a Baptist minister and full blooded Creek Indian. He, later in life, received the infilling of the Holy Spirit and became an Assembly of God Pastor.
LaFonda has been a Worship Leader since 2003, serving at her church, in Prison Ministry, Biker Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, and 4 years as the Worship Leader for the Promise Helpers Ministry in Weatherford, TX.
She truly enjoys helping people go higher in their walk with the Lord.