My name is James A. Rhodes (Jim Rhodes to my friends and co-workers) I am the Executive Director
and founder of New Haven Ministries, and writer of this website (please forgive all the errors and the fact that it does not
look very professional, at New Haven we do our best to spend money cautiously not on websites but on
New Haven Ministries began its operation in 1986 in an old two story apartment building
that was on the verge of being condemed. The ministry began in Mineral Wells, Texas as New Haven Home, Inc. a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization, incorporated under Texas law as a non profit corporation, for the purpose of housing and meeting
the needs of special needs children and a resource to aid the families of special needs children.
Because of the growing need for shelter for intact famalies, New Haven Family Center opened
in 1996 in an abandoned building located in the old Fort Wolters military base that had been closed for several years.
This building allowed us to house 7 families at a time.
Here we were able to house, counsel, train, and help find jobs for families that were temporarily
Because of the growing need to help those that were working and trying to support their families
and the need to help the elderly on a fixed income, New Haven Helping Hands opened in 1998 in a donated building in down-town
Mineral Wells. Helping Hands is a food bank and place to distribute clothes and household items to needy families.
At this time these three parts of New Haven Minsitries constitute what we are. We focus on
feeding, clothing, and housing needy people. I know that most people think of what we do as something that is done in a large
metropolitan area. But, people forget that rural America is in need also. In rural areas it is hard to find personal and even
harder to find funds to help people. The need is great but the resources low.