My name is Jennifer Leyland and I wear more than one hat at Hope Cottage.

I am about to celebrate my 5th year working for this amazing ministry and am so thankful for the door God opened for me to be here.  I am currently supervising the Women with Children program and working with the coordinators as a team to build and continue growing the best support program for our moms and kids.  I have recently also been able to join the New Life Foundations program as a Disciple Coordinator.   I teach classes on a variety of topics including life and social skills, spiritual growth and recovery.  I love this because I get to work closely with the women (some are moms) who are interested in working out some of their challenging issues and to help them prepare and build a foundation of wholeness for themselves (and their children).  I have brought the program of Celebrate Recovery to Hope Cottage which is my passion to teach and encourage women to allow Jesus to heal their hearts.  I am myself a participant of CR and an example of the healing power of the principles of Jesus. I will have 10 years clean from long term addiction on August 15, 2022 but I am still working my recovery and overcoming the issues like fear and anger that entangled my heart for so long.

Outside of Hope Cottage the Lord has given me an opportunity to build a ministry called Hope Chest Ministries. This is a home for healing, growing close to Jesus and what I consider the step between homeless and wholeness. A piece of the journey that takes women from shelter life to getting back on their feet and gaining responsibility. I am blessed with a beautiful family, my son and daughter in law and two very beautiful granddaughters who are being raised knowing who Jesus is and that He loves them more than anything.

The best part of my job is my interactions with the women we serve here.  I love to teach, and recovery of the heart mind and soul is my passion.  It is a huge blessing to come to work and be immersed in the love of Jesus in all we do.  Another one of my favorite things is to get to see the transformation happen and watch fruit grow in so many ladies we are trusted by God to work with.