Dr. Ross Porter stillpoint , whose vision of Stillpoint Family Resources began with the desire to support families with special needs children, has ultimately helped numerous people in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas suffering from addiction, spiritual problems, marital discord, and more.
Dr. Ross Porter of Stillpoint Family Resources is a published author who has written seven books, which have been translated into three languages. Among his books is “Heroes You Should Know: 50 Stories of Goodness.”
Dr. Ross Porter’s “Heroes You Should Know,” which is available for purchase via the Stillpoint Family Resources website, presents stories of inspiring men, women and children. The subjects of the stories are about fifty ordinary people who have done extraordinary things around the world for the good of humanity.
Dr. Porter also writes about ‘Heroes You Should Know’ on the Stillpoint blog, showcasing these outstanding individuals for the world to appreciate. One hero that was featured on his blog is known as “The Syrian Santa,” or Rami Adham.
Rami Adham is a Syrian native who, after emigrating to Finland, watched in horror as the gruesome Syrian Civil War impacted citizens, particularly children. Rather than continue watching, he acted, smuggling toys and supplies over the Syrian border to remind children affected by the war that society has not forgotten them. He also established the Finnish-Syrian Association and raised tens of thousands of dollars to build a school for Syrian refugee children.
In a world of uncertainty and discouragement, stories like those from Dr. Ross Porter’s “Heroes You Should Know” are gentle reminders that humanity still has its shining stars.
Dr. Ross Porter and his wife created Stillpoint Family Resources in 1998 “as an offering of gratitude for the gift of their son John Michael, who is blessed with Down syndrome.” Since then, Stillpoint has changed lives, strengthened families and shaped culture, touching hundreds of people from around the world.
Today, the final piece of the Stillpoint Family Resources mission is coming to life, as envisioned by Dr. Ross Porter and his wife, Jennifer. Villa Providencia, named to reflect the reliance on God’s loving care, is a unique home for special needs adults. It will bring special needs and typically-developing people together in one supportive, nurturing community.
Villa Providencia is the latest of the many efforts that have allowed Stillpoint to change lives. With a commitment to values that transcend time, Stillpoint serves the underserved with sliding scale counseling to remove financial boundaries for those who need help. Through its counseling and education programs, Stillpoint is prepared to address special needs children, medical crises, spiritual issues, mood disorders, addiction issues, abuse and marital discord.
With seven counseling locations in California’s Los Angeles and Orange County areas, Stillpoint works with hundreds of people each week. Though Stillpoint Family Resources counseling and a home like Villa Providencia might sound like more than enough, Dr. Ross Porter Stillpoint vision has also brought workshops, blogs, books, seminars and podcasts to the world.
Dr. Ross Porter founded Stillpoint Family Resources with his wife, Jenni, in 1998. Today, they are working to bring Villa Providencia – a nurturing home and community for special needs adults – to the world. Though Dr. Ross Porter had long known that he wanted to establish an organization to better the world through counseling, Stillpoint Family Resources was brought to life in honor of their son, John Michael.
John Michael was born with Down Syndrome and he forever changed the lives of Dr. Ross Porter and his wife, bringing them closer to God and showing them the beauty of the world. He is the subject of the book entitled “Hidden Graces” and the inspiration for Stillpoint. Thus, he is also the inspiration for Villa Providencia.
Dubbed ‘the home with heart,’ Villa Providencia will be located in the heart of a residential community in San Fernando Valley. There, special needs adults and typically-developing people will live alongside each other, creating a loving environment of respect, nurturance and learning. Residents will shop, worship, dine and live locally, integrated with the society around them.
In a time when services for special needs people are faltering, a movement like Villa Providencia is needed. It could be the answer that spreads across the United States, celebrating and empowering special needs people everywhere.
Dr. Ross Porter is the Executive Director of Stillpoint Family Resources, which he co-founded with his wife Jennifer, to celebrate the life of their first child, John Michael.
John Michael was born with Down Syndrome and, in his first two years of life, required three open-heart surgeries. His birth was the life-changing even that inspired Dr. Ross Porter and his wife to bring Stillpoint Family Resources to life in 1998. Today, it has helped numerous individuals, couples and families around the world.
As the final piece of Stillpoint, Dr. Porter is now bringing Villa Providencia to the world.
Villa Providencia will bring special needs people and typically-developing people together to live in a stable, unique community of respect and learning. Residents will be nurtured physically, spiritually and emotionally, following values based in the Judeo-Christian tradition but accepting all persons of any, or no, faith.
Residents of Villa Providencia will shop at local markets, attend local places of worship, dine at local restaurants and engage in local entertainment from the heart of a San Fernando Valley residential community. Ideally, Villa Providencia will do more than provide a home for special needs adults – it will create a model that communities throughout the United States can replicate, potentially bringing nurturing support to millions.
Learn more about Dr. Ross Porter, Stillpoint Family Resources and Villa Providencia
Dr. Ross Porter Stillpoint is the Founder and Executive Director of Stillpoint Family Resources. When he created the organization in 1998, he captured his vision perfectly within the name “Stillpoint,” which was inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, in which he references a place of healing and hope as the “still point of the turning world.”
Though Stillpoint Family Resources, Dr. Ross Porter reaches out to families, couples and individuals in need of guidance to deal with the modern world’s spiritual, social and psychological challenges.
Stillpoint Family Resources describes its counseling and educating approach as proactively responding to issues that threaten the emotional and spiritual lives of those that it works with. With offices throughout Southern California, seven books (and counting) written by Dr. Ross Porter and podcasts, Stillpoint healing is available to all who seek it.
Stillpoint’s Speaker’s Bureau also offers seminars and workshops across the United States to make the organization’s counseling and message of hope and healing as widely available as possible.