Safe Harbor Homes & Services

Extraordinary Care for Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Homes

Welcome to Safe Harbor Homes and Services


the love of Christ by bringing light and hope for families and adults with special needs.


to families and the community that God loves these precious people.


opportunities for the Home to minister to their surrounding community

The Need

In the United States, there are currently approximately 300,000 adults with Special Needs on waiting lists for housing. Because of state budget restrictions, 435 residential facilities caring for over 2,300 people have closed in California alone. Home care providers can barely afford to pay minimum wage to their caregivers. There is a desperate need for homes where these well-deserving people can receive the care they need; homes where their parents can confidently place their children for the rest of their lives.

The Vision

The vision of Safe Harbor is to provide family-style homes on small farm settings for adults with Special Needs. As residents, these precious individuals will work on the farm, feeding the animals, gardening, gathering eggs, growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables, canning, as well as crafts, baking, taking trips to county fairs, parks, zoos, and participating in community activities. Each resident will have the opportunity to participate in daily Bible lessons, prayer time, and weekly church activities. Safe Harbor will provide extraordinary care for extraordinary people, in extraordinary homes.

The Story

Bill and Lynette Mathews have 3 children, Karin (Tim) Whitman, Kristy (Jason) Higton, and Kevin Mathews, and 5 grandchildren. While pastoring, they became uniquely aware of the challenges facing people with special needs and their families through their son, Kevin, who is now in his mid-thirties. At birth, Kevin appeared to be normal, but within months, it was clear that something wasn’t quite right. Many visits to specialists and a battery of tests revealed that Kevin was deaf, would never speak, was developmentally delayed, and he eventually lost his ability to walk.

Because of their deep love for him, Bill and Lynette grieved that Kevin would miss so many normal life experiences. Thankfully, he was able to live at home through his early twenties, but it required exhausting and continuous one-on-one care, which eventually took a toll on Lynette’s health.  It became clear that even though they desperately wanted him to continue living at home, Kevin would no longer be able to do so. It was through their personal experience that they developed a growing awareness of and burden for the great need of Christ-centered, family-like homes for adults – like Kevin – with special needs.

Now, pastoring at Oak Park Christian Center in Pleasant Hill, California, for 42 years, God has called them to dedicate their lives to develop these homes and has led them to begin Safe Harbor Homes & Services.

First Home

The first Safe Harbor home will be located in Kingsburg, California, a quaint Central Valley town with a population of 11,000, located 20 miles south of Fresno. On 4.63 park-like acres, this beautifully appointed home has over 8,000 square feet. Built in 2003, with wheel chair accessibility, it has spacious rooms, a large kitchen and eating area, large bedrooms, 8 baths, a lovely pool, much open space, pear and almond trees, chicken coops, and a barn for animals.

Be Involved

Volunteers are an integral part of Safe Harbor and will provide extra TLC beyond that of the staff. If you would like to volunteer, we encourage you to contact Safe Harbor.

Secondly, you can invest in the quality of life these individuals deserve through your giving. Safe Harbor will accept both financial contributions and gifts in kind. All gifts and contributions are tax deductible.

Contact Us

Safe Harbor Homes & Services
3008 Ave 393
Kingsburg, CA 93631

Tel: (925) 395-1998


Endorsements – What People Are Saying

Bill and Lynette Mathews are some of the finest Christian leaders and pastors I know. They have quietly walked the difficult path with a special needs child while showing Christ-like concern for others. I am sure they are in God’s will in this adventure and have heard His voice. This ministry will help those that cannot help themselves.
–Jerry Smith, Lead Pastor Guayaquil Christian Center & School

I have known Bill and Lynette Mathews for more than 30 years. They are people with great compassion and character. Safe Harbor Homes and Services is a ministry that is long overdue, and will provide many people with the love and care they deserve.
–Hal Donaldson, President and Co-Founder Convoy of Hope

Bill and Lynette are loving, dedicated parents and advocates of a special needs young adult, making them uniquely qualified to run a home for people who have special needs. Residents of Safe Harbor Homes and Services will be in the best of hands!
–Allison Smedley, Director of Special Needs Ministry at Oak Park Christian Center

What Bill and Lynette are doing through Safe Harbor is one of the most Christ-like ministries I have ever seen. Their unique experience with their son, coupled with an incredible track record in leadership, gives me confidence that God is going to mightily use them and Safe Harbor to make an eternal difference in the lives of families with special needs!
–Pastor Sean Fitzhugh, Senior Pastor Oak Park Christian Center

God has placed a special calling on the lives of Bill & Lynette Mathews to develop a ministry that will enable churches to serve a forgotten segment of our society: disabled adults with severe or challenging mental and physical handicaps. Formed out of their own personal experience, this ministry provides respect and dignity to these sometimes hidden members of families in our churches. Their 40 plus years of pastoral ministry and personal involvement in this ministry commends them to you for support and your participation.
–James R. Braddy, Superintendent Northern California Nevada Assemblies of God

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