We are pleased to announce that we have another expectant mom at the Sunbury House. Viv is under 18, with a due date of August 2017.
We are so happy to have her sweet, quiet presence living with us. Keep her in your prayers.
…and the greatest of these is love.
Love began in the garden, with a father & his children. Love began with children.
This has been the very focus of Hazel’s House, and now the Sunbury House. It’s about loving the children that no one else loves, or they feel unloved. Perception is reality.
We’ve grown in our love since the first of the year. Dan & I are currently in the process of obtaining our foster care license, our desire is to touch as many children as possible. In addition to Freddie, there will always be Freddie, we have taken in a 4-year-old girl, and a pregnant teen.
Our goal is to show them love. Not just a word or a feeling. Love is a bed to sleep in, a warm shower, clothes on your back, sitting down to a family dinner, and a hug. Is that too much to ask?
If love is your goal, please consider making a donation to our cause. Love looks like something.
James 1:27 Good News Translation
27 What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.
A Mother’s Testimonial
You all know the story of how we came to open The Sunbury House. I went to a meeting, someone donated the house, and the rest is history.
We opened the Sunbury House knowing that we just wanted to love on these mothers, who were difficult places, and help them make the best decisions for them, and their baby. Below is a testimonial of one of our moms. I’d say we are a success.
My name is Estee and I am proud to say that I was fortunate enough to stay at the Sunbury House during the last few months of my pregnancy. As Cindi says, everyone has a story. So, here is mine!
I would like to start by saying at first I was hesitant and did not want to stay at this house. I was scared, unsure and not in a place where I wanted to accept any help. I even had a wonderful family but I was pushing them away and choosing unhealthy and toxic people. Looking back I can honestly say that staying at the Sunbury House is and was the best decision my mom and I made for myself and this baby. This is a place you can call home. The house has a cozy, warm and loving atmosphere. This comes from the love that Dan, Freddie and Cindi exude.
Being 18, pregnant and coming from a healthy and good family I looked down at houses like this. My idea of a halfway house kind of setup seemed beneath me. Now I realize the it is a safe and healthy place for people in need. In this case, it is a house that provides safety and stability for for any pregnant woman and their baby during pregnancy.
Cindi, Freddie, Dan and of course the dog, Buddy are very influential, important people in my life and they definitely have a special place in my heart. My first night staying there I immediately felt welcomed and not so unsure about it. My time was occupied with schoolwork, playing legos with Freddie, fast food runs (ha-ha) and touring the city with Cindy with her other non profit organization.Talk about remarkable people!! My perspective of life was opened by going down into the city and seeing how hard life can be. It definitely broadened my perspective and I’m appreciative that I got to be apart of it and experience what I did. It was neat what the Gremling’s do. The are the most giving and kind people I had ever met and that, I 100% mean that!
I would also like to say that my pregnancy experience wasn’t all easy. There were many moments I wanted to give up and chose something else. But, being at the Sunbury House helped me keep my baby safe and healthy. I am happy to say that my baby is a little boy, currently 3 months old and with an awesome, loving and amazing people. I was able to confide in Cindy, experience a strong and bold woman figure, build a healthy relationship with a man and I also got to see what’s it’s like to have a little brother!! So much fun!
I want this recap of my experience at The Sunbury House to be out there for others to read and be shared. I was young, pregnant and needed help for my baby. There are so many woman out there in similar or even different situations and the common thing we all share is that we want a safe and healthy place for our baby. That had to be my main concern and the Sunbury House provided just that; stability and safety for me and my baby.
Seeing Cindi hold my baby once he was born (8 lbs, 4 oz) on June 5th, 2016, I was beyond happy and grateful that she was there with me. She was a consistent person in my life at that time and it helped me in so many ways. I was able to experience another healthy and happy family and be apart of it. Dan and Cindi love you like their own. It’s truly awesome.
I believe that this can’t even express the love and care they showed me. I am appreciative of the opportunity to be here and I was able to bring a healthy baby boy into this world with the help of the Sunbury House. I want my story to be one that can be shared because the Sunbury House is a blessing and it is needed for many pregnant woman out there.
My name is Estee, this is part of my story and I am glad that I was able to have Cindi, Dani, Freddi and Buddy (the dog) apart of my life. They were what helped me through my pregnancy. The Sunbury House is truly a gift from God. I feel that Dan, Cindi and Freddie are the reasons why the Sunbury House was such a success for me. Of course there are house rules and dealing with being pregnant but above all it’s just a safe place and you’re surrounded with people who love you and your baby.
If you know someone who is pregnant and in need of love, please have them call, we’re waiting with open arms.
Thank you Worthington Christian!
A letter from the mom of a Pregnant Teen
THE SUNBURY HOUSE
As the mother of a pregnant 18 year old daughter , I had a good experience with Cindi at the Sunbury House, when our daughter took up residence there before she gave birth. Our daughter needed a safe place to live during this time and because of some issues and her choices, she could not live at home. The Sunbury House was a perfect place for her and the only place in the Columbus area. Cindi was very welcoming to her and us and I felt very confident that it was a safe and clean home. Her family situation was very healthy and a good example of family virtues. Our daughter had planned on giving the baby up for adoption and Cindi was very helpful to inform her and us about the process and was a big help!
I thought the House Rules and the Standards of Conduct for the Sunbury House were acceptable and within reason.
When our daughter was close to delivery, Cindi was very gracious to take time out of her family life and take our daughter to doctor appointments and to the Hospital for emergency exams. She stayed with her the whole time with the delivery and was a tremendous help. I could not have been more pleased having Cindi around because of her knowledge and the care and devotion for our daughter.
I think the Sunbury House and Cindi fulfill a need of care and support for young pregnant girls in the Columbus area, who have nowhere else to go as a safe place. We, as a family, had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it.
Follow up from our First Expectant Mom
I was sent the following feedback from the mother of our first girl. Just know that the Sunbury House is filling a much needed void.
In the Bible we are told that our mission is to take care of orphans & widows…we at the Sunbury House think this is our way to serve. …and the greatest of these is LOVE!
THE SUNBURY HOUSE
As the mother of a pregnant 18-year-old daughter , I had a good experience with Cindy at the Sunbury House, when our daughter took up residence there for several weeks before she gave birth. Our daughter needed a safe place to live during this time and because of some issues and her choices, she could not live at home. So, the Sunbury House was a perfect place for her and the only place in the Columbus area. Cindy was very welcoming to her and us and I felt very confident that it was a safe and clean home. Her family situation was very healthy and a good example of family virtues. Our daughter had planned on giving the baby up for adoption and Cindy was very helpful to inform her and us about the process and was a big help!
I thought the House Rules and the Standards of Conduct for the Sunbury House were acceptable and within reason.
When our daughter was close to delivery, Cindy was very gracious to take time out of her family life and take our daughter to doctor appointments and to the Hospital for emergency exams. She stayed with her the whole time with the delivery and was a tremendous help. I could not have been more pleased having Cindy around because of her knowledge and the care and devotion for our daughter.
I think the Sunbury House and Cindy fulfill a need of care and support for young pregnant girls in the Columbus area, who have nowhere else to go as a safe place. We, as a family, had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it.
It’s a BOY!
We are pleased to announce that we have delivered our first baby through The Sunbury House. It was our honor to love and serve mom as she co-created with GOD.
We were not only there during the pregnancy, but we were also able to coach through the delivery.
Thank you to everyone who supported, encouraged and volunteered through the process. Not only does it take a village to raise a child, but also during the pregnancy.
We’re pleased to announce that Baby Boy Sunbury is now in the loving arms of his adoptive family.
We could not fulfill our calling without support from you.
Thank you for helping save this precious life!
Please support us as we CHOOSE LIFE!
For unto us a child is born…
While we have been here working on the physical Sunbury House, God has been working in the background. He has joined not only my family, but friends…..and as a result we have our first adoption story.
Although our support has been mostly emotional, we have watched the story unfold. A family we’ve known for 20+ years, my sister, and a couple who desperately wanted a child came together. It was beautiful watching as everyone loved and nurtured the babies, and each other.
This story became a training for us at the Sunbury House as to how beautiful, peaceful & loving adoption can be. I believe this is the first of many families that the Sunbury House will be involved in.
Introducing a double blessing……Abby & Bella
From our House to Yours
from Dan, Cindi & Freddie Gremling
A Beautiful Afternoon
Yesterday I had the most awesome afternoon. I was visited by Annette, aged 99, along with her two daughters. As they approached I said to Annette “Welcome Home”. You see Annette’s parents lived in the Sunbury House from 1929-1949. Annette lived with her parents in the home with her oldest daughter while her husband was fighting in World War II.
She shared memories of the house,.
And the barn, which held their milk cow.
And of playing croquet in the side yard.
She was pleased with the fact that we did not paint the chestnut cabinets. And she shared with me that the books were kept in there, and that her baby basinet sat beside it.
She told me of sitting by the radio and her dad’s chair in the corner.
We then watched a family video that was shot in the house one New Years Eve. I often think about all the people who have lived in the house, loved in the house, given birth in the house, and all the ones who’ve gone before.
As with all families the kitchen is the heart of the home. She saw that the kitchen was gutted, and asked about he cabinets that were in there. I shared with her that upon tearing up the kitchen floor we realize that they was a beam that needed to be replaced. I assured her that the cabinet were being stored in a safe place, and that there are going back into the kitchen in the same place. Annette then shared with me that she would like to revisit the house once the kitchen is complete, and that she could show me where everything goes.
That being said, we need to get the kitchen done, she’s 99 you know.
We have renovated the home with no debt, and trust that God will provide the funds for the kitchen.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.
If you would like to help with this expense, please go to our donate page.
And don’t forget the Grand Opening.
Let me share with you the story of The Sunbury House.
One night I had a dream that I was pregnant with a bunch of babies, and I was helping others deliver their babies. When I awoke I thought that the dream was very prophetic. That God still had things to birth in me, while I was helping others birth what is inside of them.
The next day I went to a civic association meeting. My friend had just become the Executive Director of Greater Columbus Right to Life. She walked up to me and shared with me that she and one of the doctors were talking about me that day. She shared that they were trying to keep the women from having abortions, and that if they choose to keep their babies there are places in Columbus where they can live for up to two years. But if the women chose to place their babies for adoption the nearest home was 3 hours away. I looked at her and immediately responded that we would do that. We would be willing to open a home for women placing their babies. Ok, a dream, and then presented with a need.
The following day I received a call from one of the pastors in one of the neighborhoods. He called to inform me that during Lent they would like to take up an offering for a home for unwed mothers. I share with him that I did not have a home for unwed mothers, but told him of Hazel’s House. They then passed out baby bottle to their congregation. Ok, a dream, a need and now another confirmation.
So one morning I was scheduled to go to a meeting in the Hilltop area of Columbus. I called Dan and told him that I wasn’t going to that meeting, and that I was going to a meeting on the opposite part of town. His response was “why would you go there”? I told him that I just “felt” like I was supposed to.
So I got to the meeting, and the speaker didn’t show. They started asking me questions about Hazel’s House, and I became the speaker. When the meeting was over several people came up to speak with me. One was a retired school teacher who wanted to volunteer, another had a nonprofit organization that took instruments into the inner city and taught children how to play musical instruments. About that time I’m thinking that this was a good meeting. Next an older gentleman walked up, I could tell that he was emotional. He shared with me that he had a house off the square in Sunbury, Ohio, a 5 bedroom house, built in 1837, and that while I was talking he saw this house as a home for unwed mothers.
Just the week before I had shared with the interns that I had the feeling that we were going to get another home. That we have a house south, west & east, and that this one needed to be in the north. Guess where Sunbury is? North of Columbus.
I thanked him, and shared that I knew it was coming. I then asked him to go home and talk with his wife since he is giving away a house. He assured me that his wife would do double back flips from a standing position when she learns he was giving the house away.
The next morning I received an email from the gentleman. He shared with me some of the history of the house, and that his wife was in total agreement. Some other logistics, and then “my wife is the beautiful witty teller who serves you at Chase Bank”. You see I had been going into the bank several times a week and chit chatting with the teller. I would share with her about Hazel’s House and the ministry.
When his wife came home from work that evening he was so excited, and shared with her about the lunch speaker, and the Sunbury house. As he was talking she interrupted and said that it sounded like a woman that comes into the bank. They then both pulled out my business card. That’s just how we roll.
I share with people all the time that I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t go and ask for anything, God just brings it to us. That way I cannot say “look what I did”, it’s all God.
We have now gone before the Sunbury zoning committee, and by unanimous vote we will be opening our doors to women August 2015. We will be working with counselors, adoption agencies, churches & volunteers to assist these women while they co-create with God.