Guardian Angel Family helps women and families in crisis find the means to stay in their homes, feed their children, and find their path to independence. This framework subscribes to the ideals of pride, dignity, self respect and understanding, providing a safe haven for teenage girls, grandparents and women. Our give-away policy at our thrift store offers families without means necessary items (diapers, crib, car seat, stroller) at no cost. We want to be an oasis for these fragile families where their emotional as well as concrete needs would be met.
Guardian Angel Family was born out of a dream for women and children experiencing crisis. Their lives have been turned upside down not only by financial losses and potential evictions, but also by the loss of essential needs like food, medical care, shelter, and clothing. Our vision at Guardian Angel is to provide a therapeutic community where these families would have access to a supportive professional staff that can help guide them in the direction of restoration. We have always felt the importance of presenting the needs of struggling families who live in our community, our own backyard, to the helping hearts and hands of their fellow neighbors. We need to be a community that extends ourselves and our resources. Aristotle said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center feels that it takes humanity to uplift humanity for the greater good in all of us.
Guardian Angel Family was founded in 2004 by Barbara Costello with a vision and a hope in reaching others who felt alone in their struggles. While working as an Educational Consultant for Department of Health/Early Intervention with families experiencing crisis, and hardship, listening was at the essence of their need during their emotionally challenging times when they literally cried out for help. The time given for guidance in the direction of available resources accessible to them gave them a sense of not only hope and purpose but more so, encouragement and a desire to persevere through the process of healing that they, each in their own way, were undergoing.
In 2011 Guardian Angel acquired the apartment rentals on the second floor of the building from which the program is run, directly above the store. We are now able to offer a comfortable transitional home for up to 3 families on the brink of homelessness.
In 2013 we were able to expand our store with additional space offered to us in the building we rent. To foster continued growth we hope to be able to afford to buy the building in order to reduce our monthly rental costs.
The name Guardian Angel came out of hearing and believing. When assisting families with their varying degrees of needs and stressors, they began calling me their Guardian Angel for respite, relief, and help in times of trouble and hope in their pain. Knowing all of our strength comes from God and that with His Grace and Guidance, we could pass on that Light of His Love to others.
In the year 2014 we would like to offer a daycare for mom’s who are pursuing work and school and need to leave their babies in a safe place.