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Findingbalance

Rating: 4.99 stars   76 reviews 5,025

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health, Religion

Address:

PO Box 284 Franklin TN 37065 USA

Mission:

To be a Christ-centered community helping people find balance with food, weight and wellness.

Results:

Over a million people reached since 2002 via events, articles, web resources and online support programs. Members of "Lasting Freedom" online support program show significant declines in anxiety (-18%), depression (-33%) and unhealthy eating concerns (-35%) after just eight weeks. Our twelve-week "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum and downloadable "FINDINGbalance Gathering" small group tools have been used around the world, including groups in Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador and the UK as well as the US. "Daily Vitamin" eDevotional provides truth and inspiration 5 days a week to thousands of readers. Annual "Hungry for Hope" conference has been attended by nearly a thousand people in the last seven years. New Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network (CEDCN) helps connect those who struggle with Christ-centered providers. And we're just getting started...

Target demographics:

People find Christ-centered help for eating issues.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

73 women find freedom from eating issues through our Lasting Freedom program, and served 192 people at our annual conference. All this in addition to thousands we serve monthly through our video-on-demand site.

Geographic areas served:

Anywhere someone has access to a computer.

Programs:

"Lasting Freedom" - online support program featuring weekly webinar, weekly "Freedom Team" support group, and 24/7 moderated peer-support website. www.findingbalance.com - world's largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues, featuring 700+ free videos, articles, books and more. Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network - the first Christian resource and referral network for professionals working with eating disorders. http://www.cedcn.org "Daily Vitamin" - eDevo - an inspiring verse and 6 lines of text to help you find daily freedom. www.findingbalance.com/dv "Hungry for Hope" premiere Christian conference for professionals and community members impacted by eating and body image issues. http://www.findingbalance.com/hfh "More Than a Number" campaign and event to help women know their value so they can change their world. Includes a partnership with Compassion International to help shift dollars from diets to end world hunger. http://www.morethananumber.net.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

My wife has been on the receiving end of this program for the last seven months and she is a changed woman. She has a place to turn to and tools to use 24 hours a day that she didn't have before. Her lasting freedom on-line small group has given her friendships with near immediate depth and bonding - people going through exactly what she struggles with. Her attitude is so different than seven months ago. She is finding balance in her life and spiritual walk and it is bringing our whole family back together. I love this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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FindingBalance has been an integral part of my healing journey. It is so wonderful to have a resource out there that reminds you you're not alone and points you to answers.

 
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I was introduced to FINDINGbalance in 2011 when I agreed to accompany my wife to the organization's annual conference in Colorado Springs Colorado. While I initially saw this as an opportunity to sample the states blue ribbon trout streams, what I found was something much more amazing. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or body image issues, this is your community. If you are looking to invest in a non-profit, one that is truly changing lives, this is it as well.

 
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I first met Constance and learned about Finding Balance in 2003. In 2005, during the middle of my graduate work, Constance held a 12-week small group pilot program. For the first time after 19 years of food, weight, self-esteem and body image struggles, my pain was validated. It even had a name. And with that name came hope of getting well and reassurance that I'm not alone. Finding Balance changed everything. Now, ten years later, I am a competent thriving Physician Assistant in a psychiatric practice offering the same validation, hope, and reassurance to those struggling with illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia, from ADHD to panic attacks, from victims of rape to alcoholics, and even some with food and weight issues. And the interesting part, no matter the psychiatric diagnosis, roughly 80% of my patients rate their appearance as a moderate to severe issue for them. Constance was right, God won't-and hasn't-wasted my pain. Finding Balance is crucial to our society in breaking unhealthy social norms. I am proof that helping just one person can have an exponential impact in ways never imagined. And I couldn't be more greatful.

 
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Finding Balance's (Fb) primary goal is to let people who are controlled and defined by their unhealthy relationship with food and body image that there is hope out there. There is this amazing and marvelous God who wants to restore the broken and the captive. When I started the Fb small group I thought my only chance at the perfect body was an all out eating disorder. I learned that I was wrong. The perfect body wasn't going to bring the perfect life that I was hoping for. I was crushed and broken. And what Fb did was walk along side me and tell me that I don't have to fight this battle alone. They told me that all this pain I was overwhelmed with was something that God wouldn't waste but in fact use for His glory. God would give my pain purpose. So instead of dropping out of graduate school then, I am now a full-time healthcare provider that gets to speak truth in the lives of the patients that I see day to day. You know, often it's said that you can't keep your recovery unless you give it away. Fb has come to hold such a valuable and special place in my heart that I financially contribute to their cause (altough it doesn't seem like much) and I get to bring encouragement to others who struggle through the FB blog. Fb helped launch my recovery, and the joy that I have today is because of them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how I relate to food, how I view myself, and how I view God. I had to move away from Fb headquarters for various reasons, and because of the work they started, I continued to pursue recovery and still do to this day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their exposure. So few really know all that Fb has to offer either those who struggle directly with food or body image or know someone who does. These Fb Gatherings and small groups, definitely need more of them!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun art projects and times of getting together with the girls and just laughing and doing life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind. They understood the issues I was facing. They didn't sugar coat things and they challenged me when I needed it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

holy smokes! A LOT! It would provide treatment regardless of insurance or ability to pay. It would have a place for people to learn how to cook, to practice their creative skills, and learn how to be in community. And these centers could be everywhere!!

Ways to make it better...

I could have been more honest with where I was truly at. I had a hard time opening up.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

resources such as money, volunteers, even employees to help these visions become a reality. It's also faith-based, which can deter some people. But that doesn't keep them from accepting you with open arms.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are persistent, dedicated, and relentless. This is a burden, a real need of our culture for someone to stand up and speak truth. Fb is willing, ready, and has begun to do just that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Findingbalance is an amazing resource for people searching for help in the realm of food and body image issues. They offer talks you can listen to that inspire hope, a community of fellow strugglers, and reliable resources of people who are well trained in the field.

 
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Lives are being changed, hope is being given. A dedicated team focused on the freedom that can only be found through Jesus.

 
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My husband & I have been involved with FINDINGbalance for about 10 years, and for the past 5 years as volunteers, 4 of which we helped during their annual Hungry for Hope event where both professionals & laypeople come together to be educated on eating disorders & body image issues, as well as be spiritually inspired. Fb currently has an online recovery support group, Lasting Freedom, that has members from all over the world coming together to support & encourage each other as they/we seek freedom from disordered eating and body image challenges. I have been an active LF member for almost 2 years, currently volunteering as the Lasting Freedom Site Moderator. The support of this community has helped me walk the recovery path with grace, strength, and a solid faith-based foundation! I love this community and this ministry so much!

 
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People had been telling me for years that, because I was not underweight or overweight, I didn't have a problem with food, but *I* knew there was something wrong with my private relationship with food & binging & over-exercising, and as a Certified Personal Trainer, the guilt overwhelmed me. In Spring 2005, I read Constance Rhodes' book, "Life Inside The Thin Cage", and soon after, I contacted her by email about how the book spoke to me. I wanted more information about EDNOS and Constance was creating a workbook for small groups (which would become "Finding Balance with Food"), so I waited for it to be completed. In Spring 2006, our church had an epidemic of deaths due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, one was a young woman, 29 years old and mom of 2 small children. The church pastor was aware that this was a problem and he knew I was interested in helping. He encouraged a friend and I to start a "body image/food issues" support group. We used several different books in our Bible study group, as well as the "Finding Balance" website and e-newsletter to assist us and guide us as leaders while we waited for the "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum to be completed in Franklin TN. In Fall 2008, when Constance was looking for pilot groups outside of Tennessee to test the curriculum, our church group volunteered, and I must say good things come to those who wait! Our San Jose CA FBwF pilot group had 10 women, ranging in age from 43 to 71 years old. This group dynamic brought challenging discussions about food attitudes and life-long poor eating habits, as well as revelations about body image & aging. The curriculum was well-organized with videos, discussion sheets, leaders' guide, and easy art projects. I confess that when we started, we were not excited about doing these art projects, many of the women said they personally weren't creative and resisted doing them. However, the time we spent on these projects became the highlight of our meetings; they were relaxed, easy, and took us back to "little kid" days when a piece of paper and glue and glitter were fun, back to a time when we were not judgmental about ourselves and our bodies. As a result, "Life Inside The Thin Cage" & the FBwF curriculum is the benchmark for our group and we are planning to begin a weekly Fb Gathering in June 2010.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my healthier more balanced living, my closer walk with the Lord, and my deeper more meaningful friendships because I am able to share my experiences with others who are also going through battles with finding balance in their life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the fantastic, helpful, and approachable people associated with Constance, both online & off!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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On a whim I submitted a guest blog post to FindingBalance. Constance reached out to me personally and encouraged me in writing and speaking. I appreciated the personal connections and broader view of eating disorders I gained through my interactions with FindingBalance. I lived in a very rural area with little connection to resources, and appreciated the daily, Christ-centered encouragement and trustworthy information available from FindingBalance. I never had to worry that something there was going to trigger me. If you are struggling with food issues, you know it is an assault waged every day on your mind and body. FindingBalance has the best personal, daily online resources that I know of.

 
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FindingBalance is the only place that offers Christian eating disorders information,support, education, references for treatment, and hope for both those struggling with eating disorders as well as those treating eating disorders. They are the leading resource for daily help with eating and body image issues. They host a variety of programs, networking, and conferences. They offer wonderful volunteer opportunities as well. Their online support networks are incredible!

 
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I attended a Hungry for Hope conference in 2015. The conference taught me things about eating disorder recovery, relationship healing, and learning the importance of a support network. I was truly blessed

 
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