Findingbalance

Rating: 4.99 stars   76 reviews

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

I first heard of Finding Balance 4 years ago. I heard from some friends that they would be having a conference and that it was just amazing. Speakers would be coming and they would talk about body image and recovery from eating disorders. The following year I made a point to attend the conference. Finding Balance had such a strong on impact on me and my recovery. I not only learned so many things and heard so much needed information, I realized that I was not alone. I made connections with others and that was huge. Since that first encounter with Finding Balance, I have taken part in 3 Hungry for Hope conferences as well as been part of their Lasting Freedom program online. What an amazing support group that focuses on God being the center of recovery.

 
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I finally have my life back! I have struggled for so many years to "get rid of" my eating disorder, but it wasn't until I became involved at FINDINGbalance that I truly know what it's like to live free from it. The support and encouragement I receive from my online group has far exceeded any community I've experienced from my church, my friends, or my family. FB has inundated me with the truth of God's Word and shown me that my value is not in my physical body. Everything about this ministry is rock solid!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Our daughter struggled with a severe eating disorder and I found the "finding balance" website one day as I was searching for information and possible resources to help us. My husband and I attended the Hungry for Hope conference in Colorado Springs, Co and were introduced to Constance Rhodes, Travis Stewart, and many other caring professionals. We learned a great deal there and found resources to help us navigate the nightmare of an eating disorder. After 5 years, 3 residential treatment facilities, a month in the hospital and a series of relapses, we are so thankful that she is now walking in recovery. The support we received was a lifeline in a very dark, stormy season! God has given these folks such skill and compassionate hearts for people struggling with ED and BI issues AND the ones who love them!

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

I would love a way to connect with other parents, specifically, who are living with ED in their home. The struggles we face are not ones our friends often understand. "Just tell her to eat more"..."it will pass, she just wants attention"..."she will be fine"...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

As a father of a 19 year old daughter struggling with an Eating a Disorder, Finding Balance was a God-send and an excellent resource for parents who are totally overwhelmed and needing assistance, advice and information about Eating Disorders and the treatments available! I am incredibly thankful that we turned to Finding Balance & Constance for help when we did. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this group to ANY person or family struggling with ED.

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

Expand its size to include more cities and areas of the US.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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i am SO abundantly grateful to Constance Rhodes, founder of FindingBalance & Jeanette Henriques, group leader of the LastingFreedom program via Fb. i have experience unending encouragement as i journey toward healing and wholeness and away from my eating disorder. the video library has been an incredible resource in that many of my questions have been answered solely thru the videos. Fb is a safe place for me to share my story and the Lf program has been the first community ive experienced where people are real about their struggles & victories. i appreciate that Fb is done with purpose. i appreciate that Fb is a faith-based ministry. this is an organization that has experienced what it is purposing to fullfill.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I am so thankful to the Finding Balance organization. I have been participating in their Lasting Freedom Program for the past six months. During this time, I have experienced a freedom from the bondage of my eating disorder that I never thought was possible. It is a place where I can be real and honest, without being judged. It is a place where truth is spoken into me, and encouragement is found. This program has changed my life. I will be forever grateful.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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