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Meet Barbara Pettis of Better Place Ministries in Cedar Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Barbara Pettis.

Better Place Ministries was formed in March 2014. It came about as a calling from God to move, to do something to help others. I am a survivor of domestic violence both from my childhood into most of my adult life. I am and have been for a while a strong advocate to end domestic violence. I believe we as a society have become numb to the effects that this deadly epidemic brings.  I believe churches need to do more to aid and support victims.  Barbara offers her leadership to numerous organizations in this regard and works tirelessly to end this horrible epidemic. These organizations include her membership with The Texas Council on Family Violence and her board membership with The Genesis Women’s Shelter Faith-based Coalition Committee (2016-2017). Barbara is also a certified victim’s advocate.

In her passion for battered and abused women and children, it is her prayer to open a shelter that will house women and children who have suffered in this way and lead them in the direction of having wholeness and restoration. She will teach them how to live a life free of abuse and fear as well as regain their self-worth, dignity and value the life given to them by God.

Barbara’s powerful testimony of faith and trust in God guided her to establishing a nonprofit organization. Her passion for this cause is driven by her own personal experiences with domestic abuse in both her childhood and as an adult. Barbara is committed to helping others achieve their “Goals of Excellence” and has devoted numerous hours to educate and empower individuals that are affected by domestic violence. Her enthusiasm for this cause is infectious and it represents her personal zeal in life.

Barbara is a true woman of God who has accepted her kingdom-building mission of spreading the good news of a soon-coming Savior to any and all who will listen.  Jesus met people where they were in life and it is my belief that we should do the same.  Women don’t want to hear a series of fluff.  They want to know that you have lived what they are living now and they need to see that it’s possible to make it out ALIVE and drama free.  And yes, my friend it is very possible!

Barbara is a native of Dallas, TX. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Tiffany Nicole Tatum and Clarence Ramone Tatum, and the blessed grandmother of one grandchild, Nevaeh Ni’Kole Tatum. She is determined to break generational curses so that her granddaughter will not have to suffer this horrible epidemic.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No this has not been a smooth journey, In the beginning of this journey, I struggled with my own healing and forgiveness. So, in essence, I was my very first client. I had to go through the steps of total healing and forgiveness in order to be effective in this ministry. So I had to dig in and do the work because I knew women needed me, they needed to know a better life is possible. They needed to see the face of someone that has survived all manors of abuse, even self abuse which included drug and alcohol.  You’ve heard that old saying “Been there done that, wore the t;shirt”.  Yea, that would be me!  I had to heal so I could help!

Financially I was not able to do everything I wanted to do to house women and children. Actually, it was still a lot for me to learn in that regard. I had to allow God to do what HE needed to do in me in order to move forward in His timing.

Honestly, 2019 has been the best year out of our six-year existence. We have been able to accomplish some awesome things this year.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Our mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. Our goal is to provide emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment, and self-sufficiency. Through community partnerships, Better Place Ministries is committed to safety, raising awareness, providing services, and educating the community about the destruction and long-term effects of domestic violence.

Our ministry focuses on giving hope to women of every color, creed and ethnicity by providing a blueprint to a better way of life-based on the living word of God.

Our Mission is twofold and includes:

1. Modeling and building intentional relationships by:

· Widening our circle of friendships among women within the church family and community

· Spending purposeful time with women outside the family of God.  Teaching them their value and worth

· Serving God by using our gifts for the benefits of others.

2. Empowering women through:

· An enriching study of The Word of God

· A personal conversations with God

Our desire and goal is to Seek God Continually * Serve Him Faithfully * and Share Him boldly

Better Place Ministries strives to encourage, instruct and lead as many people as possible by faith to safety and the throne of God. We will empower, inspire and place ladies and children in a safe and healthy environment. We will serve as a bridge and safe harbor by providing safe housing in Gladys House, which was so named in honor of the place where I sought refuge from the abuse of my past, my grandparent’s home (Elder Milton & Gladys Pettis Sr.).

I believe what sets us apart is the fact that those we serve can truly connect with and feel our passion for them and their safety. I believe they feel the presence of the Lord when they are around us and that is what I want them to feel. It’s called peace and hope!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory would be hanging out at my grandparent’s house, listening to my grandmother sing while my aunt played the piano. We would often have times like that and I felt so safe and loved when I was with my grandparents and my aunt. Their house was my safe place and I retreated there often.


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