Counseling at The Foundry

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Counseling at The Foundry

hunter davis

Counseling at The Foundry The Foundry Way Program Components are: Counseling Case Management Education Employment Readiness Aftercare Counseling: The pastoral counseling department lies at the heart of The Foundry’s discipleship model. Program participants are assigned to one of our counselors upon entry into our program and will remain with that counselor during their residential stay.

Making MELONade

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Making MELONade

jcharleston

Making MELONade Sweet Encouragement in a Sour World My seventy-six-year-old Aunt Dockie has endured significant setbacks in her health. She’s had a massive stroke, fights with Emphysema, and suffered severe injuries after multiple falls. She had to learn to rely on her left hand after a stroke caused paralysis to her right. She had to

Kenan: 50 for 50

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Kenan: 50 for 50

hunter davis

Kenan: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years   I was 27 years old when I entered The Foundry, having battled opiates for over eight years. After my last arrest, my parents refused to bail me out until I had somewhere to go for help. That “help” was The Foundry Farm in Cullman. I had been raised

Amber: Fifty for Fifty

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Amber: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Amber: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years Life in recovery is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It requires determination, diligence, and patience. You have to follow through with it every day once you commit to changing your life. The Foundry helped me realize that all the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not knowing you

Farrah: Fifty for Fifty

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Farrah: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Farrah: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years I can’t speak for other rehabs, but The Foundry didn’t feel like rehab at all. The love I experienced there was beyond my expectations, and I needed that! It truly is “where lives are reshaped by the hands of God.” I met God in a fresh new way because

Ashley Cox: Fifty for Fifty

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Ashley Cox: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Ashley Cox: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years Almost 6 years ago, I was at my rock bottom. Drugs had replaced all the important things in my life, and my relationships with my friends and family were broken. When I came to the Foundry, the staff worked patiently with me. Over the next 12 months, they

A Year With The Virus

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A Year With The Virus

hunter davis

A Year With The Virus It happened suddenly.  I was talking to my friend Linsday. Her husband was taking a new job in New York, and we were discussing the move. She was excited about the prospect of moving to the big city and the challenges that would come with it. Then we got the

Hunter: Fifty for Fifty

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Hunter: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Hunter: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years I was an opiate addict for thirteen years and an IV heroin user for four of those years. I was caught up in the cycle of addiction and thought I’d never get out of it. For twelve of those years, I was a functioning addict. The year before I

Mary: Fifty for Fifty

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Mary: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Mary: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years Mary is a mother of three and a grandmother of four. She graduated from The Foundry in 2003. What led her to The Foundry? “I was sick and tired of being on crack cocaine. I was tired of the way my life was spiraling downhill, and I wanted help.

Michael: Fifty for Fifty

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Michael: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Michael Gilbert: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years I spent a total of 32 years in prison, 17 of those in federal prison. I was convicted of bank robbery, escape, and assault. I received a life sentence from the State of Alabama in 1998. I made parole in 2009, however, I was placed back into federal

At Home With Coach

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At Home With Coach

hunter davis

At Home With Coach Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to adapt in all of our programs. Everything from cooking to preaching has been reviewed, altered, and occasionally improved. Our most recent change was to our Leadership Breakfast, a huge event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for our programs. This year we went virtual.

The Foundry Way

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The Foundry Way

hunter davis

The Foundry Way The Foundry Way is a philosophy and a process. First, why The Foundry Way? In an effort to avoid the pitfall that so many organizations have fallen into, our leadership recognized that we needed to create a framework to build program services upon. A framework that was not staff-dependent or personality-driven would

Ralph: Fifty for Fifty

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Ralph: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Ralph: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years Close your eyes and imagine what someone struggling with an addiction looks like. There’s a good chance that what you imagined looks nothing like Ralph. The phrase, “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover,” normally means, the inside is better than the outside. For Ralph, it was just

2020: A Year in Review

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2020: A Year in Review

hunter davis

2020: A Year in Review Despite the many difficulties of 2020, The Foundry achieved some impactful accomplishments. We celebrated 117 graduates that navigated their recovery journeys, a journey that is hard enough without the stresses of a pandemic. Our logistic and distribution team implemented a new dispatch system, which streamlines our donation pickups and provides

Judy: Fifty for Fifty

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Judy: Fifty for Fifty

hunter davis

Judy: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years My name is Judy, and I live in Fultondale. I have two children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. I knew I needed help when I lost another job and was bout to lose my house again. My children said they no longer wanted to see me and prevented me

CARES Act, Year End Giving

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CARES Act, Year End Giving

hunter davis

The end of the year is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to create a charitable win/win.  Make sure you do not miss this window of opportunity to make the most impact and benefit from the 2020 tax deductions offered to you. How to create a win/win? Donate financially to The Foundry before

The Genesis Process

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The Genesis Process

hunter davis

Core to The Foundry’s recovery process is the curriculum we use. Faith guides every aspect of our programs, and The Genesis Process is a big piece of that puzzle. Developed by Michael Dye, this curriculum combines “both Biblical and neuro-chemical understanding of what is broken that causes us to be self-destructive.” Understanding your addiction is

Brian - Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Brian - Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

“The Foundry gave me direction. It gave me a starting point to where I could become a new believer, a Christian who is on fire for worship. It gave me a direction I could have in my music, becoming a worship leader at Daystar.” Graduates are part of what makes The Foundry so great! Their

Jeannie, Volunteer Focus

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Jeannie, Volunteer Focus

hunter davis

Jeannie frequents The Foundry for a number of ministry purposes. She nourishes bodies by providing monthly meals to participants. During this time, she often brings family members along to serve, which fosters a Christian home and marriage model to many who have never witnessed such. She spends many hours nourishing souls by mentoring on a

Wallace, Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Wallace, Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

My name is Wallace, I’m 40 years old and I worked and used drugs for Satan. My life was a mess for 20+ years. I’d been to numerous rehabs but they all lacked one thing in helping in my recovery, God. The Foundry has helped me grow spiritually, and become more conscious of living a

Cyndi, Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Cyndi, Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

I’ve had 10 years of addiction in pain pills, meth, and marijuana. What the Foundry has done for me is restore my relationship with Jesus. It is something I lost along the way due to sin. It has brought hope, structure, and discipline back into my life. The curriculum courses have been truly amazing. It

Year-End Giving Win/Win

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Year-End Giving Win/Win

hunter davis

The end of the year is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to create a charitable win/win.  Make sure you do not miss this window of opportunity to make the most impact and benefit from the 2020 tax deductions offered to you.  How to create a win/win? Donate financially to The Foundry before

I am Chosen: Monthly Prayer

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I am Chosen: Monthly Prayer

hunter davis

I am Chosen  John 15:16 (NIV) 16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. What’s even more astounding to me is the reason He chose me.

Volunteer: How to stay involved

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Volunteer: How to stay involved

hunter davis

https://foundryministries.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/04/VolunteerThanks_Micah.mp4 Hello Friends, During the social distancing period, we have some ways you can support the men and women in our programs. One way to do this is to share a video message of encouragement through Facebook and tag The Foundry. Another way to show your support is by creating care packages from the security

I am Redeemed: Monthly Prayer

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I am Redeemed: Monthly Prayer

cknapp

When I hear the word ‘redeemed’ in my head, I immediately start singing  “I am redeemed, You set me free. So I’ll shake off these heavy chains, and wipe away every stain. Now I’m not who I used to be, I am redeemed”. God has set each of us free by His redemption and love.

I am loved: Monthly Prayer

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I am loved: Monthly Prayer

jcharleston

I am loved Jesus loves me this I know For the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong They are weak but He is strong Yes Jesus loves me For the Bible tells me so Jeremiah 31:1 As children we learned and sang this song, believing the lyrics to be true with all

Year Theme: Elevate

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Year Theme: Elevate

hunter davis

But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. Deuteronomy 6:23 The story of Moses is one of ins and outs. He fled out of his home after killing a slavemaster and returned to Egypt to confront Pharaoh. He led the

Thank You for a GREAT 2019!

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Thank You for a GREAT 2019!

hunter davis

Thank You for a GREAT 2019! As 2019 draws to a close and we reflect on the blessings we have received this year, we cannot help but to think of you. Your support has been a treasured asset to this ministry that we cannot operate without. We are grateful for every prayer you have prayed

Macy, Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Macy, Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

Macy, Stories of Reshaped Lives No one intentionally wants to be battered, abused, and living on the streets. Macy sure didn’t. Having grown up in the church, she knew of God, but never really “knew” Him. Macy told us “Had I known of His great love for me, I never would’ve gone searching for love.”

Monthly Prayer: My God is Peace

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Monthly Prayer: My God is Peace

hunter davis

Join us for our Monthly Prayer: My God is Peace. Don't let the world keep you from feeling the peace God provides.

Thanksgiving Meal 2020

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Thanksgiving Meal 2020

hunter davis

When men and women enter our program, they become part of what we affectionately call “The Foundry Family.” Thanksgiving is something you do with family.

Donate Your Car - Change a Life

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Donate Your Car - Change a Life

hunter davis

You may see grandma’s old 1965 Thunderbird or the “Lemon” sitting in your front yard as junk, but to the men and women in our program struggling with addiction it’s so much more!

Giving Christmas to those in need

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Giving Christmas to those in need

hunter davis

It's the holiday season. Send a gift to those that need it most. Giving Christmas meets the needs of those in our programs.

My God is Present

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My God is Present

hunter davis

Join us for our monthly prayer, My God is Present. God is always there for us even when we do not see him.

The Shift in Security Amidst Support

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The Shift in Security Amidst Support

hunter davis

There are a lot of transitions that participants need to make both physically and mentally. What are some of these shifts and what do they look like practically.

Case Managers at The Foundry Ministries

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Case Managers at The Foundry Ministries

hunter davis

Case Management is key to successful recovery. Learn what our Case Managers here at The Foundry do to help participant get their life back on track.

The Acumen of Acceptance in Accountability

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The Acumen of Acceptance in Accountability

hunter davis

Accountability is typically not an attractive word. Much of the negative emotional reactivity to recovery comes from misinformation about what words mean.

Judd Drake, Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Judd Drake, Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

Judd Drake, a graduate from The Foundry has returned to the same organization as a full-time staff member in order to show the love of God.

Gradine: Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Gradine: Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

Gradine, a reshaped life Gradine grew up in a dysfunctional home, often witnessing her father abuse her mother. She began using alcohol at age 16 to numb her feelings of fear and despair. “There was no one to discuss the pain with,” she says. Her drinking escalated when she graduated from high school and moved

Next Level Conference

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Next Level Conference

hunter davis

The Next Level Conference is a radical worship experience created for participants of The Foundry Ministries, and other area recovery programs, to encounter God in a new way. This year, the conference was hosted at The Foundry Worship Center on August 19th and 20th. Both nights were filled with powerful worship and transformational messages. Each

Alana: Stories of Reshaped Lives

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Alana: Stories of Reshaped Lives

hunter davis

Alana, a reshaped life Alana dealt with addiction to pain medication and heroin for almost 10 years. She tried many times to win the battle against it on her own, but was unsuccessful in her attempts. After spending time in jail and learning her husband was filing for divorce, she realized she could not overcome

Monthly Prayer: My God is Patient

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Monthly Prayer: My God is Patient

hunter davis

Join us for our September Prayer: My God is Patient. 2 Peter 3:9 says that while God is quick to keep his promises, he is still patient with us.

Jennifer Thompson: Women's Mentor

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Jennifer Thompson: Women's Mentor

hunter davis

One of the most valuable resources you can give to those in addiction is your time. Find out what it means to be a mentor.

Back to School Sale and Block Party

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Back to School Sale and Block Party

hunter davis

As summer is winding down to a close, we wanted to celebrate in the best way possible; with a mega thrift store back to school sale and party!

Monthly Prayer: My God is El Roi

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Monthly Prayer: My God is El Roi

hunter davis

Monthly Prayer: My God is El Roi She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13  At the heart of every human being is the desire to be seen, known, and heard.

The Waste Epidemic

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The Waste Epidemic

abhi

The Waste Epidemic: How The Foundry Ministries is Going Green According to recycling website, roadrunnerwm.com, the United States generates more waste than any other country in the world.  We are living in a self-centered society of excess and immediacy. The Foundry Ministries works to intentionally combat the waste epidemic.  As a ministry, we have focused on

FIRST: Families In Recovery Seeking Truth

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FIRST: Families In Recovery Seeking Truth

abhi

FIRST: Families In Recovery Seeking Truth Living in addiction leaves a trail of heartache, disappointment, and smoldering bridges.  Ironically, the pain created by addiction becomes a driving force behind the continuation of addiction.  For those in addiction, their deepest pain and greatest regrets revolve around the damage they have done to those who love them

Reaching the Community: The Foundry Rescue Program

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Reaching the Community: The Foundry Rescue Program

abhi

Reaching the Community At The Foundry, we believe the world is changed one reshaped life at a time. We carry that belief throughout the variety of services we provide to our recovery program participants, but we also carry this belief through our efforts in reaching the community we serve within. The Foundry’s Rescue Program serves

My God is Light

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My God is Light

abhi

My God is Light This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5 NIV My God, how I love you! From the beginning of this world, you brought light to a dark and formless creation. Light illuminates

Addiction Aftercare: life-long recovery

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Addiction Aftercare: life-long recovery

abhi

Addiction Aftercare Life-long recovery Addiction has been declared an epidemic in the United States. It affects individuals, families, education, politics, socioeconomics, healthcare, employment, crime, transportation, and housing. These are only a few lenses from the larger perspective.  Faced with such a tremendous health concern, people often have many questions about addiction and recovery. One such

Give Where You Live: making an impact in your backyard

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Give Where You Live: making an impact in your backyard

abhi

Give Where You Live: Making an impact in your backyard Summer—the season greatly anticipated by students, teachers, and families.  It means sunshine, cool treats, and hopefully, some much needed time off. While we are enjoying our beach vacations or simply hanging out at the neighborhood pool– men, women, and children around the Birmingham area are lacking

Adopt A Classroom: care for students

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Adopt A Classroom: care for students

abhi

Adopt A Classroom Support teachers, care for students,  promote education Sprinklers are on. Popsicles are being consumed by the box. Homework is nowhere to be found. Signs are all around that indicate summertime is in full swing!  Most kids, and parents, yearn for summer all year long. The concerns of the school year have subsided

Monthly Prayer: My God is Powerful

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Monthly Prayer: My God is Powerful

abhi

My God is Powerful Our God is Powerful and the solution to all of our problems, big and small. Join us in our monthly devotion and prayer. “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17 NIV Father,

Bo Jackson, Business Leaders, & Bacon

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Bo Jackson, Business Leaders, & Bacon

abhi

Bo Jackson, Business Leaders, & Bacon Each year, The Foundry Ministries hosts a breakfast fundraiser to benefit our partner, Changed Lives Christian Center (CLCC), as well as The Foundry.  All funds raised go directly to support The Foundry Ministries and CLCC’s collaboration to provide long-term residential and transitional programs for the homeless, the addict, and the ex-inmate reentering society.

5 Ways We Focus on Recycling

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5 Ways We Focus on Recycling

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Recycling is a priority at The Foundry Thrift Stores. Check out the five areas of recycling we focus on and the impact it makes in our community.

Monthly Prayer: My God is Faithful

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Monthly Prayer: My God is Faithful

ebentley

Join The Foundry for our Monthly Prayer, My God is Faithful. This months prayer is based off of 2 Timothy 2:13. God's faithfulness is constant and important.

A Brand New Person

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A Brand New Person

hunter davis

I was losing everything a little bit at a time. . . Since the age of 12, Holly had been “in control.” When her mother died, she took responsibility for her younger sister. She believed she was in control too when she started using drugs in her late 20’s. I can stop when I want

Blanket of Hope

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Blanket of Hope

jcharleston

by Dana Chavers Director of Social Services I arrived at work at 6:30am, as I usually do, when I noticed a green hump the size of a human in the corridor against the wall beneath the entry keypad. Doing a double take, I realized the hump was a person huddled under a jacket. I nervously

Sacrificial Living

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Sacrificial Living

ebentley

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into

The Long Term Investment of Encouragement

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The Long Term Investment of Encouragement

jcharleston

by Graham Bufford “Encourage one another and build each other up.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 HCSB Ever heard of a book named Leaves of Grass or its author Walt Whitman? Yeah, most people weren’t familiar with either when that book was first published in 1855. Major publishers wouldn’t touch it, leaving Whitman to invest his

10 Ways to Survive the Holidays

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10 Ways to Survive the Holidays

jcharleston

by Julia Charleston It’s mid-September, which means the holidays are just around the corner. Thanksgiving sneaks up on me every year and catches me off guard. Then, six short weeks later, it’s CHRISTMAS! and year after year, I become so overwhelmed I barely have time to breathe, let alone enjoy the festivities. Rather than run

The Grass Only Appears Greener

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The Grass Only Appears Greener

jcharleston

By Julia Charleston A few years ago, I was driving to work early in the morning when I noticed in the distance debris in the middle of the freeway. I slowed down, got into the other lane, and as I came upon the object, I realized it was a deer that had very recently been

Stay The Course

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Stay The Course

jcharleston

by Julia Charleston When I was in high school I lived in Seminole, Florida, which was on the west coast just below Tampa. Seminole is located on the mainland, but if you go down the block and over the bridge, you could be at the Gulf of Mexico in 10 minutes. My friend, Cathy, lived

Dazzling Light

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Dazzling Light

julia charleston

by Graham Bufford Director of After Care “Moses said, ‘The LORD has commanded you to do all this, so that the dazzling light of his presence can appear to you.’” –Leviticus 9:6 GNT Be assured that there is purpose to everything the Lord does. Even if it began as something evil, the Lord can still

A Heart Restored by God's Love

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A Heart Restored by God's Love

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Leann and her husband once had good jobs and a nice home where they were raising their three children. But Leann fell victim to an addiction that cost them their family and their future. “I was spending more and more money on drugs,” she shares. The couple eventually divorced, and her husband took custody of

Goodbye Heroin

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Goodbye Heroin

julia charleston

by Julia Charleston Her words were confident and strong; her attitude told me she meant every word. The pain of her past was visible in her eyes, but the BIG beautiful smile on her face told a story of victory. Hers was one of many stories of addiction; all with long twisted roots that travel deep

White Flag of Surrender

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White Flag of Surrender

erin bentley

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. and the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us

Hearts of Hope 2018

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Hearts of Hope 2018

julia charleston

Hearts of Hope is an annual luncheon we hold to raise awareness and financial support for our Women’s Recovery Program. Local TV news anchor Sherri Jackson will emcee and The Foundry’s own CEO, Micah Andrews, will interview women in or a graduate of our recovery program. This year, we are unveiling Transformation: Inside a Reshaped

Repairing the Broken

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Repairing the Broken

julia charleston

by Larisa Lambert Mills I go back to it time and again. It’s become a reliable guide and encouragement through my day-to-day work and the way my relationship with the Lord connects with that work. It’s real. and relatable. Here is a blessing from it for you: “… If we would do what he told

Coin in the Mouth of the Fish

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Coin in the Mouth of the Fish

julia charleston

Silently, I prayed for guidance to do the right thing. My heart wanted to help him out, but my logic was trying to overrule. My husband had been unemployed for 8 months. I really didn’t need any financial burden, no matter how minor. I reasoned that if I gave the guy sitting in my office

Expecting Miracles in 2018

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Expecting Miracles in 2018

julia charleston

“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Psalm 77:14 (NIV) A community of farmers from a drought ridden Midwest town called on the pastor of the local church to set up a prayer meeting. Their livelihood had been threatened by the lack of rain, so they decided to

Be Part of the Story

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Be Part of the Story

julia charleston

It was not pretty. and definitely not fancy or shiny or glowing in any way. Sometimes a sheep would end up on the roof of the stable. The donkey was often front and center. The standing wise men and Joseph toppled frequently on their sides. Baby Jesus seemed to wander the house from table to

I Want To

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I Want To

julia charleston

“Away in a manger No crib for a bed The Little Lord Jesus Lay down his sweet head The stars in the sky Look down where he lay The Little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay.” Why would anyone give up everything to take on nothing? Mark 1:40, 41 tells of a leper who came

Small Groups Changed My Life

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Small Groups Changed My Life

julia charleston

I remember the nervousness like it was yesterday. I was sitting in someone’s living room with about 15 different people I barely knew. Would they still accept me if they knew my secret? I had to let it out. After all, I was definitely miserable, and tired from the weight I had been carrying. The

The Foundry Way

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The Foundry Way

julia charleston

In 2015, we adopted three key areas to focus on for the next three years to help fulfill our mission to permanently transform lives through Christ-centered ministries. 1. Quality Programs: Since focusing on the quality of our programs, we have implemented The Foundry Way, which consists of five components to completely restore lives: Case Management: Case

The Most Difficult Time of the Year

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The Most Difficult Time of the Year

erin bentley

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:49-50 (ESV) DEVOTION If you were to ask just about anyone in our programs right now, you would likely learn this is the most difficult time of the

Was It You Who Gave on #GivingTuesday?

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Was It You Who Gave on #GivingTuesday?

julia charleston

Tuesdays have a great potential. For example, #TacoTuesday is a great day. It can mean crunchy, soft, spicy or mild—with all the trimmings. (Extra cheese and guacamole, anyone?)  For the price of a taco, you can transform #TacoTuesday to #GivingTuesday to reshape a life and make a permanent impact—with all the trimmings of joy, peace

Yada Even the Fleas

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Yada Even the Fleas

julia charleston

How do we find an attitude of gratitude when life sucks? When things don't go our way? When the train is stuck on the tracks and we can't get to where we need to go? Or our kids won't speak to us? Or we get a bad diagnosis from the doctor? Or the checkbook math isn't making sense and our bills pile up?

A Day in the Life...

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A Day in the Life...

julia charleston

There are many misconceptions about the work we do here at The Foundry. It’s hard to understand the rigorous schedule a program participant keeps unless you are here on property witnessing it with your own eyes. I pray this article helps quash all mistaken impressions about the work we do here at The Foundry. The

Got Questions?

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Got Questions?

julia charleston

We often get asked many questions about the counseling that is offered here at The Foundry. Check out these common FAQs put together by Graham Bufford, The Foundry Ministries Director of Aftercare. What type of counseling best describes what is offered at The Foundry? The type of counseling The Foundry Ministries offers is best defined

Alarms of Life

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Alarms of Life

julia charleston

by Julia Charleston A few years ago, for no apparent reason, every single smoke alarm in my house started beeping. It began in the living room, and soon all six alarms were screaming at me that there was trouble. Searching the house I found no smoke, yet the alarms disagreed. Grabbing the ladder from the