The Sheepfold : Shelter, refuge, and a new beginning for abused mothers and their children

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October 2017

One Day I Fell in Love...


I was a smart, confident, beautiful, old soul; very happy and curious about life. One day I fell in love with my soul mate, the next, I’m fearing for my life. I don’t know how he did it. How did he change me? Why did I let him? How did it happen? It feels like an unbelievable magic act. How did I end up with nothing?


If I describe how it felt being with my abuser, it was like a butterfly caught in a small jar. The butterfly is panicking, hitting the walls, but no one can hear it. He somehow made me believe I was wrong about everything and so I needed him to help me. Every day I felt like I was in a fog, like what was happening wasn’t real. If I didn’t experience so much real and emotional pain from this relationship, I would probably believe it was all a dream.


In October 2014 I prayed, asking God to give me the strength to leave this man for good. On December 5, 2014, I found out I was 8 weeks pregnant. I thought if I told my abuser that we were going to have a child together that he would change and help me figure this out, crazy right, it’s all crazy. Instead he told me to never come see him again, and not to ask him for anything; he didn’t want to be involved. To prove his point he threatened me with a gun and said he was going to kill me and my baby.


How I escaped is a long story. My parents offered to help, even though we hadn’t talked in a long time. While at my parents’ house I was very afraid, I was in survival mode and kept having flashbacks and night terrors. My family was freaked out and didn’t know how to help me. While I was staying with my parents my ex began to threaten my family. I ended up not being able to stay with them, for all of our safety, and I had my baby while staying in another shelter. That was a huge wake-up call, but I was still weak.


My family in California offered to help me. When I was able to get a restraining order I cried tears of validation. Shortly thereafter I came to the Sheepfold. I arrived desperate, afraid, angry, and I needed answers, answers from God. I am 100% sure God brought us here. Every day I am healing. I don’t have to fight anymore and I know what peace feels like thanks to Jesus. God wants me close to him and the more I’m afraid the closer he wants me—that’s amazing. The Sheepfold gave me answers, not just resources and a safe roof over my head. Being here is more than anything I ever could have imagined. God is good!


Some days are still hard but I don’t have to go through it alone. The staff and residents are full of prayer and fellowship, this really feels like home. I am finding myself again and I’m excited for the future. Praise God! He is transforming our lives. I am so thankful to be here!


- Sheepfold Resident

Domestic Violence Awareness: The Spiritual Side of Abuse


The month of October is domestic violence/abuse awareness month. This year I would really like us all to consider the spiritual side of domestic abuse. At the Sheepfold we strive not only to meet the visible needs of the women and children but also their spiritual needs.


The enemy’s goal is to render people ineffective. A person who questions their worth and value has no way of being positively effective. When moms and kids come to us we see the impact the enemy has had. He has used sin and brokenness to tear them down, lying to them, making it hard for them to know the promises that God has for them.


It is simple for society to care for the needs that are seen and that is a good thing, but what if we miss the things that are unseen. What if we neglect the spiritual side? How can we truly make an impact if we only seek to provide for people’s physical needs? At the Sheepfold, we care for the needs we can see, but we also seek the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the things unseen. We ask for guidance, wisdom, discernment, words, strength, and compassion among other things so we can provide a safe space for healing of the unseen things.


The spiritual, Christ centered portion of our program gives us the ability to bring the holistic healing our residents so desperately need. Prayer is such a crucial part of what we do. Asking in Jesus’ name as he commanded in John 14:14, is so powerful. We have the same spirit living in us, we have the power to call the enemy out and cast him aside. As you can imagine, or may very well know, working on the front lines of this spiritual battle can be challenging. Prayer and true communion with the Father are the only things that can get us through the battle.


This year instead of throwing domestic violence facts at you and asking you to share them with others, I’d like to ask you to pray and fast with us. As you are invited into this, I would ask you to go before the Lord and ask him how he would like you to approach this. You may feel lead to do this once or you may feel lead to establish a routine that you practice throughout the year. All I would ask is for you to consider going into battle with us, for us and the families we serve. The enemy wants us to fail so desperately, but the Lord is victorious!


- Kelly Wildman, Director of Operations


Sheepfold Boutique


Shop or donate new and gently used goods at:


Sheepfold Boutique

810 N. Tustin St.

Orange, CA 92867

Thank you


Keep developing the love and compassion that so many broken, hurting families truly need.


Thank you all for my growth and personal development in many areas.


- Past Sheepfold Resident


Riverside Refurbished!


I have had the honor of meeting a very special couple who have volunteered to do some improvements to our Riverside County home. The amount of love and effort this couple put in to everything here has completely amazed me.


It has also been awesome to see the way God has put people in their path to assist them through this whole process. One of the most exciting parts of working for the Sheepfold has always been seeing God work in and through people.


These pictures don’t do justice to how wonderful everything looks! All the fine details and upgrades will bless many women and children, as well as our staff and any future volunteers that come into this home.


Thank you Bill and April Snell for listening to God’s tug at your heart!


- Casey, Sheepfold House Manager


Would You Like To Adopt A Family for Christmas?


At Christmas we provide a joyous and Christ-filled holiday for the women and children staying at the Sheepfold. We are able to do this with the help of individuals and companies who generously donate gifts or participate in our Adopt-A-Family (AAF) program.


Adopting a family means providing a portion of the gifts a family receives Christmas morning. When you call or email, you will be provided with information which includes an AAF number (to protect the family’s identity), ages, sizes and gift suggestions from a family’s Wish List.


The deadline to drop off the unwrapped gifts for the AAF program is Thursday, December 7th. This allows us enough time to organize, wrap and transport the gifts to the homes for Christmas morning.


Please call (714) 237-1444 or email to participate in the AAF program or for more information. You may also check our website at for our Christmas Registry or general giving Gift List.


- Kathy Novak, Services Coordinator


Save the Date

Christmas Volunteer Meeting

Saturday, November 4th - 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.


Email or call (714) 237-1444 to RSVP or for more information.


Giving to The Sheepfold


If you are considering The Sheepfold for your year-end giving, you may donate online at


Thank You!


The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is the respected organization that audits non-profit corporations on a yearly basis to verify that all donations were recorded properly and were used for the purpose for which they were given, and requires a full financial statement for supervision by The Sheepfold Board of Directors monthly.


Membership in the ECFA is only granted to non-profit corporations who meet their rigid standards. We are proud of our long-standing membership in this organization.


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Fran Lundquist, Founder
The Sheepfold

Board of Directors

John Wildman, President/Executive Director

The Sheepfold

Jeff Abbott, Group Chair Convene

Bruce Bartolomeo

Retired Business Owner

Tim Blied, Law Partner

Schmiesing & Blied - Secty., The Sheepfold

Bob Brumleu, President

Omni Duct Systems

Dan Carrier, CTP

Vice President U.S. Bank

Chris Hite, Partner

Coreland Companies

Rick McCarthy, Chair/Principal Convene

CPA McCarthy & Associates

Victoria Botka Williams

Freelance Television Director

Janice Munemitsu

Generous Giving Field Team

Bill Yingling

Business Consultant

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