About Our Founders
Randall and Rachelle Garretson live in Macomb, Michigan USA with the youngest of their four children. Rachelle is an IBI (Impact Bible Institute) Bible school graduate, she holds a degree in criminal justice and she actively serves at Grace Christian Church in Sterling Heights, MI. Randall is a Microsoft Network Engineer/Consultant, he is also an IBI Bible school graduate and serves in a leadership role at Grace Christian Church. Both minister and mentor others in their home church, local community and they are missionaries to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In August of 2015 Randall and Rachelle Garretson founded Haven of Hope in response to hearing about the terror and brutality of "Rape being used as a weapon of war" in the D.R.Congo. Their hearts burn with a passion to serve, restore and bring hope to a culture that has been troubled with a long dark history of terror, war and persistent conflict.
The mission behind this organization is to restore the hope and lives of women and children shattered by severe sexual violence. Their goal is to provide a safe environment for survivors to heal, receive counseling, learn a skill trade and help them discover their value and a purpose in this world. Additionally, they desire to be spiritual counselors to the nations, its government and leaders, providing prayer, godly insight and wisdom to those who seek Gods solution in their circumstances or situations.
The Garretson's have committed to returning to Bukavu, Sud-Kivu D.R.Congo each year to minister love, hope and self-worth to over 158 survivors of sexual assault, that they now call daughters. With much love and deep ties to their Congolese family, the Garretson's are very close to purchasing property in Bukavu to be able to spend more time there serving that community in anyway they can.
Randall and Rachelle Garretson
Founders of Haven of Hope
Our Amazing Board of Directors