FINDINGbalance

Rating: 4.95 stars   102 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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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Finding Balance provides valuable resources and supports to their clients. The cost to participate in the program is well worth the support and access to counselors. The daily vitamin email is free to anyone that signs up and is a great reminder of truth.

This is a great organization serving a huge need in our culture!

 
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Thank you!! - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough about how much Constance and Finding Balance have impacted my recovery. I am so inspired by the wisdom and experience shared, and have recommended FB to so many others who are finding similar strength and deeper faith as a result of this wonderful organization. Praise God and all glory to Him for the work He is doing through Constance and Finding Balance!!

 
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Amen! We praise God, too, for the privilege of serving people like you on this recovery journey. - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Lasting Freedom has been such a blessing to me! I have been embraced by the community which has enabled me to live a more transparent and vulnerable life. The weekly messages/videos are always so encouraging yet challenging to inspire me to continue to grow in my faith. The weekly groups have helped me to stay accountable as well as develop authentic and true relationships. This program means a lot to me and I am so glad I came across this organization. I hope others find this organization and experience as much freedom, hope, and change in their lives as I have in mine!

 
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SO glad you are able to live more transparently and vulnerably. That's a huge part of what we're about and we're honored to be able to share that with people like you. Thank you for sharing! - cr

Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Really kind individuals that cares about their constituents!

 
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Woot! That's how we want to be known - so thank you for sharing that it's coming across. - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I cannot say enough positive things about Finding Balance. Prior to joining this group I had struggled with an eating disorder for more than 8 years and thought that I would always have "moderately recovered" symptoms. After just a few months of working with FindingBalance, I now have hope for a future in full recovery. Nothing can explain the changes that I have been able to make in my life thanks to this group.

 
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Your note brings tears to our eyes. We are grateful to be able to serve you and more importantly to point you to the One who knows exactly what you need. Excited to know he will continue that journey as you continue leaning into him. Thank you for sharing! - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've struggled with a tenacious eating disorder for over 20 years (about half my life), and for most of that time have understood that my issues with body image, shame, control, and fear are spiritual in nature - that is, heal-able only by knowing who I am in Christ... my identity as a beloved child. I continue to struggle mightily with my E.D., despite knowing that God is mightier still - I have much distrust and mis-beliefs about God's nature to still work through, but FINDINGbalance has kept me on the path of truth. I have hope for recovery, however long it might take, because of FINDINGbalance and my participation in Lasting Freedom - the stories I hear from those who have recovered, the just-at-the-right-time encouragement from the webinar speakers, the prayers and fearless love of Jeanette and Constance... My life has definitely been touched in tangible and intangible ways, and I am incredibly grateful for this community.

 
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Awesome! So happy to know that even as you continue struggling through your questions, your hope keeps you moving forward. God is not threatened by our questions, and I know he will be faithful as you continue pressing forward! Thank you for letting us be a part of that journey for you. - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A safe place to recover from eating issues. Facilitators are sincere and prayerful.

 
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Thank you for those kind words. - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have dealt with addictions, eating disorders and self esteem problems my whole life. I started Finding Balance and GOD has worked through them to me! The learning videos have been spot on, we are all from different walks of life, but we are all so similar. And we ate learning, supporting and being blessed!!
Best group EVER!!

 
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Love it! Thank you for sharing, and for letting us walk with you! - cr

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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