A FEW WORDS ABOUT
What We Do
The Desens House is dedicated to the restoration and healing of the mind, body, and soul.
WHAT WE DO
The Desens House will offer long-term residences (12-18 months) to women who have completed 90 days of sobriety.
WHY LONG-TERM RESIDENCES?
There have been many studies pointing to the efficacy of long-term, faith-based recovery programs. In a long term-residence, our women will have the opportunity to slowly build a solid foundation of stable and supportive relationships throughout the community as well as healing past cycles of destructive and self-sabotaging behaviors. We believe that an environment of “adoption” into a new expansive family and community will have restorative effects, through re-parenting and internal parts work techniques. This community will grow slowly through participating in programs like Celebrate Recovery, volunteering with Victory Transformation and Bridge to Hope as well as actively participating in service projects throughout the community. The power to give back to others is crucial to slowly rebuilding self worth and transforming a sense of identity.
The long-term residence will be divided into three phases; while all phases will include counseling, health, fitness, education, work and mentorship, what they look like in each phase and how these elements are prioritized will change to fit the needs of the individual.
Our model of recovery will follow that of Betel International, which has been “dedicated to restoring broken lives” since the 1980s. This program began by inviting men and women into a peer-led residential living structure, and through a gospel oriented model of outreach and a strong work ethic they have helped more than 200,000 people transform their lives around the world.
Phase 1: Rest & Renewal (approx. 3-6 months)
Phase 2: Rebuilding (approx. 4-6 months)
Phase 3: Reintegration (approx. 2-6 months)
HOSPITALS, DOCTORS VISITS, AND SELF CARE
Helping people navigate the healthcare system
For many women with substance use disorder, entering long term sobriety the state of their overall physical condition is the first overwhelming hurdle to mount. In the first phase there will be an emphasis on taking care of the health of our residents: mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally, through professional evaluation and intervention. Our women will be encouraged to participate in their counseling programs through Farnham as well as having both christian counseling and life coaching opportunities. They will be encouraged to make appointments with doctors and dentists and take care of themselves in ways that may have been neglected. Fitness and strength training will be developed through programs like Amnesty Fitness. They will also be encouraged to participate in Celebrate Recovery, Bible studies and other faith based mentoring programs. These opportunities will introduce the infrastructure for a life built on community based recovery.
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Vocation: A call and a mission
In the second phase, there will be a greater emphasis on education and life coaching. Part of this process will involve opportunities to work in partnering businesses, such as Upward Graphics, where our women can learn graphic design skills. Through exposure to many business/training opportunities and ventures we’re hoping to help our women rekindle their excitement and passions for a future career.
The importance of healthy daily disciplines
Our residents will be encouraged to commit themselves daily to making small choices and practices. Although there are 3 phases, it will be an “advance at your own pace” model rather than a rigid structure. Fighting for a new life of sobriety will require the wisdom to pace ourselves appropriately, which will vary with each individual. Somedays may require a slower pace to accommodate the emotional and spiritual growth that is necessary to rebuilding a life. As our residents witness the lives of those around them they will slowly learn character building principles and techniques to pursue radical change.
No one can do this alone.
The last phase focuses on preparing our women for the application of life outside of The Desens House. At this point in the program, each woman will have developed many relationships within the community and will have a solid relational foundation. Even though our women will be preparing to leave our house in some ways they will never leave the program, but rather simply change their address. Through continued support and peer counseling through Farnham and other organizations, our women will never have to be afraid of stepping out completely alone.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Being set free from the bondage of addiction is only half the battle. Rebuilding a life and a community is a daunting task that takes just as much effort. We don’t need a building or financing to start this program: There are people in our community now that are fighting for a new life of sobriety, in need of friends, family and faith.
WE NEED MEN & WOMEN MENTORS
While The Desens House is a program exclusively for women, these women will come along with men in their lives, friends or family that we can be prepared in advance to mentor as well as our women. The Betel model advocates for a family centric program of recovery: “We believe that the Gospel restores not just the individual but the whole family.”
There are men in this community right now that need mentorship.
There are women in this community right now that need mentorship.
Anyone who has struggled through a season of adversity will tell you that the hardest times can be the isolation of the evenings and weekends. In these moments, the fellowship of the church body is so significant, reminding us that we belong and that we’re not alone. In the same way that we have needed seasons of care and support, we now need people willing to offer support to those fighting for new life and freedom. An invitation once a month for dinner, or lunch; or to go hiking or fishing; or to play games, or take walks along the river, could have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. The opportunities are endless, they all just require a commitment to occasional availability.
We truly believe that God “doesn’t call the equipped, but rather equips the called.” If you are ready and willing to be used in this way, mentorship will be unique to your specific gifts and talents. Maybe it looks like a Saturday of fishing. Maybe it looks like a day of gardening with someone, or going out for a cup of tea. The point is there is someone out there for everyone.
This is God’s mission. Will you join us?
If you are interested in getting involved with The Desens House in any way, whether it’s mentoring or just learning more about our vision and dream for this program, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about our program, visit us at desenshouse.org
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Ephesians 1: 17-19
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