FINDINGbalance

Rating: 4.94 stars   107 reviews

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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Reviews for FINDINGbalance

Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Daily Vitamins are a constant encouragement and reminder in my life, so wonderfully written.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

God used this ministry to change my life by helping me change how I thought about my relationship to my body and to food. The people who work with this non-profit consistently demonstrate integrity and they value providing high-quality resources to the people that they serve. I now volunteer with this non-profit and as I see the inner-workings, I am consistently impressed with how they strive to honor God and serve people well in all that they do.

 
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Bethany, you have been such a blessing to our work. Thank you for being part of it and for sharing such encouragement along the way.

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I caught wind of this organization at Mental Health and the Church in Lake Forest, CA. I learned more about the organization and decided I wanted to volunteer for them. I am newer to helping out, but have been blown away. Everything they do is thought through very well. It is real, authentic, and grace filled. People need to know they aren't alone, and Finding Balance does a great job at building a team, so people feel that there is a way of pushing back darkness!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have served as a volunteer for FINDINGbalance for the last 9 months. After serving in various other roles in eating disorder recovery programs, this program far exceeds any other I have served. The level of detail involved in each program that FINDINGbalance puts together is superior to other non-profit eating disorder programs. This program listens to its participants and volunteers and brings all the feedback together to create programs that are timely and pertinent to the issues of its members. The information provided is practical and applicable to anyone regardless of how far they are into recovery. I have had the privilege of watching our members grow and reach new levels of freedom that they had not obtained through other resources. FINDINGbalance offers hope and walks with individuals so that they can start to have that hope of a life free from the chains of eating disorders. Each week I am excited to listen to what steps the members are making towards a life of freedom. Over the last seven months the community has developed into a very supportive and encouraging environment that challenges its members to walk in accountability and freedom from the eating disorder.

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

Find ways to continue to grow the program so that additional people could be supported in their path to freedom from eating disorders.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am the husband of a courageous woman who has found freedom after struggling for years with an eating disorder. FINDINGbalance has given my wife the structure, community and overall HOPE that she has sought in her battle with ED (eating disorder). I have been effected as well. I was approached by my (nervous) bride asking if I would attend "Hungry for Hope", FB's annual conference. We went together as "rookies" and were shown God's AWESOME power through the lives of numerous women! I am amazed how God is working in the lives of these women through FINDINGbalance.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Some

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Finding Balance is a rare organization because it is the only one like it. The community and hope it creates by the work it does, encouraging hope in the field of disordered eating and eating disorders is like no other. With the wonderful leadership and passion of Constance Rhodes to the amazing qualified board members and volunteers. Fb is helping thousands of women break free...not by just words, but from community, resources, relationships, books and curriculum, and life changing conferences. I can't say enough of the enormous capacity of change Fb has made and will continue to make in thousands of peoples lives who are hurting. What a gift finding balance is.

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

Make it grow much larger to be able to reach more people :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

FINDINGbalance is a unique organization with unique content; there is nothing else out there like FINDINGbalance. Constance Rhodes' "daily vitamins" are just one example of daily encouragement and acknowledgment of God's perspective on this issue that are truly effective. I wish I had something like this group when I was going through the worst of my eating disorder, but I have to be constantly reminded of God's truths to continue to live free. I appreciate that FINDINGbalance's core values consist of balance, no matter what the eating issue. In my opinion, this is the only way to live free.
I found FINDINGbalance through a friend and attended Hungry For Hope this year, which is FINDINGbalance's annual conference, and it gave me fuel to keep going. It allowed me to meet others who desire community and transparency on this issue, which is the only way it can be conquered. Constance Rhodes, the founder of FINDINGbalance, is one of the most spirit-filled, intentional people I have ever met, and I look up to her as a leader, woman, entrepreneur, and friend.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I first came across FindingBalance about 2 years ago and have had the wonderful opportunity of getting involved through facilitating a group. I have been amazed at the dedication and passion Constance has put into this organization in addition to her efforts at communicating the importance of seeking health and healing in community. I greatly value the weight FB places on community and the importance of sharing our stories with one another as part of our journey toward healing. FB is truly a place to receive truth and find companionship for any individual seeking support!

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?

A lot

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?

2012

 
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