VISIONS ANEW INSTITUTE INC

Rating: 4.29 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Education

Location: 131 Shadowlawn Rd Ste 101 Marietta GA 30067 USA

Mission: Visions Anew Institute empowers divorcing women to successfully create and achieve a new vision for their lives.
Geographic areas served: USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

I went through a horrific and traumatic divorce from 2007 - 2003. I attended the retreat which would have been a wonderful benefit to me, if I had known about it before I started my proceedings. I think I went through almost every aspect of a divorce. Thanks to the retreat I went to, it helped me to understand, that many suffer as I did and you do not have to do it alone. Equally important is to make better financial or economic decision for your family's future- And this organizations helps with this process by educating you on all facets of the process and all emaotions you go through! I loved the retreat so much, that I became a volunteer fir many years!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

No ONE organization or PERSON has all the answers. Only God can completely heal and change us, but the efforts I put into Visions Anew have been returned to me many times over. Divorcing after 35 yrs of marriage I felt terrified for my future and very alone until I spent the weekend 'recovering' with the speakers, staff and volunteers from VA. I did not get much rest but I did get a head full of knowledge and a plan for my single life. I encourage women who are grieving and helpless to invest in a $500. 3 day weekend to find themselves, make friends and get direction for life. The tears WILL subside so don't let them keep you away. Getting involved in a support group was a great start toward sanity.

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

discovering the ins and outs of divorce and who to talk with about divorce

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

Hire a fulltime organizer so that Margot and staff could 'do the real stuff' of raising money, giving information to new comers and speaking with people personally

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

The friends I have made and getting together often for fun times

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

kind, considerate and caring women who had been through the divorce process

Ways to make it better...

If I had known more what to expect on the weekend. It took 2 days to feel calm so that I could listen and retain some of the information

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

financial and needing more support groups

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

It is good to remember where we have been in our pain...it keeps us humble

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Thank God for leading me to a Visions Anew support group meeting and subsequent weekend retreat. Divorce is as unique as the individuals and families involved and the support system provided is invaluable. They wrapped their arms around me and made information and resources available to me in a nonjudgmental environment that allowed me to choose the right path for me as an individual. I am extremely grateful for my Visions Anew family.

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

how I was given the information and resouces that enabled me to focus on settling my divorce in the least painful manner possible.

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

individualized support in a nonjudgmental environment.

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

warm, caring, knowlegable and professional.

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

make even greater impact on the lives of women and children in the Atlanta metro area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Visions Anew was a life saver for me. My sister heard about it and signed me up. Margot is terrific and so were the volunteers and ladies attending. Even though I live out of state and a lot of the legal information did not apply the support I received from all involved was such a blessing. I thank God for Visions Anew and would highly recommend it for anyone going through divorce. I have personally taken 2 other friends, from out of state, and they also were totally impressed and were blessed by attending! Since I attended I have been on staff 2 or 3 times and would do more if I didn't live 2 hrs. away.

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

the tremendous support you receive from everyone!

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

kind and supportive.

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

reach more women throughout the United States!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Visions Anew was a very positive experience for me. I just signed my divorce papers last week, after a 2 year separation. I was married for 18 years, had 2 girls, and I worked at a optometry practice we opened together 5 years earlier. I was separated for 8 months before I went to the October 2008 retreat. I was frozen, did not want the divorce, and full of fear. I saw a lawyer, but could not seem to commit. I was still working with my ex, so confused about my options. My husband never filed because he was hoping we could do it ourselves. But the woman he left me for is a lawyer, and they had been planning it for several years. My self esteem was so low that I just could not make any decisions. A friend had been emailing information about Visions Anew for awhile. But I was too overwhelmed - I never took the time to look into it. Then someone I knew only casually felt compelled to call me and ask if I would like to go to the fall retreat with her. She did not know if my divorce was complete, but felt a higher power was telling her to contact me. I called Margot the night before the retreat, and she had just had a cancellation. I was scared to go to the retreat, and I had just signed up the night before, so I really did not know what to expect. But they welcomed me at the car...and for the first time I felt I was with people that understood what I was going through. My most memorable moment was when one of the speakers told me what I was entitled to with respect to the business. I then took advantage of the 2 free hours she offered for those attending the retreat. For the first time I had direction. I ultimately hired her for the appraisal of the business, and she referred me to a wonderful lawyer, Jonathon Tuggle, who coincidently later became part of the team of lawyers supporting Visions Anew. I think that says a lot about them. I kept my costs way down with the tools I learned from the retreat. They were impressed with how prepared I was, and I learned it all through Margot and the professional speakers. You will laugh, cry, bond, and learn a lot. You can just listen, or dive in. May I just say that it is not a mission to tell you how to handle your divorce...everyone is different. They give advice so you are empowered to do what is right for you. Information is strength. The free hours donated by professionals more than offsets the cost. I used them and it got me moving in the right direction, slowly, at my own pace. I have a peace now that it is over. I am so thankful that Visions Anew came into my life to educate me about my divorce, both practically and emotionally. Without it, I do believe I would have accepted the deal my husband was trying to give me, and I would have been very bitter if I learned after the fact that I didn't have all the facts in front of me. I still quote Margot from the retreat over a year later. I was fortunate to keep in touch and become very good friends with some of the women in my group. My roommate and I have become best friends. And I have volunteered at every retreat since and will continue to do so as my way to give back. Thank you Visions Anew!

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

Truly interested in helping. Everyone has been through it already. They understand. It is a lot of work and the volunteers donate their time because they know it is worth it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

To be honest, I wouldn't be alive today without Visions Anew's Divorce Survival Weekend, continued support by staff, counselors and friend, and opportunities to help others once I survived the divorce. The information I received was wonderful but the realization that I am not a nobody was and is priceless.

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

learning that a) I'm not alone b) I'm worthy of happiness and c) that I can help others.

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

that it helped me find my voice. I can laugh now and I thought I had lost that part of me.

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

incredible, strong women from all walks of life, all on the same journey, and all survivors.

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

give hope to millions of families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

If you have money. This is an ok support group. The weekend retreat is very supportive, good food and very warm however, the speakers are really selling their services. You get very little information that can help you for your divorce. This could be a great org. It would be nice if the "Divorce Survival School" weekend really gave me something to work on to help my divorce instead of just giving me a list of services I can buy. It is nice to be aware of these services but on a pratical bases this is geared toward the upper middle class who has $20,000 for a divorce.

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

Meeting other women who are going through the same thing

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

I think I payed about $500 for the weekend. I really should have had something more pratical. For example a notebook to organize my divorce and some real legal advice.

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

A very supportive weekend. Everyone was really nice.

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

A++. This is their strong point. The volunteers really care about you emotionally

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

Get orgainized and bring some real support no matter what your income.

Ways to make it better...

I had something practical I could apply

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

Give me something to work with. I want to feel good, however I really needed something to help me through all the paperwork and legal system.

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

Gear your program to all levels of income.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Molly, Visions is sorry you didn't receive what you needed at your weekend. We rarely receive negative comments and I would like an opportunity to talk with you and help you further. Margot Swann