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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Counseling, Eating Disorders & Addictions, Mental Health, Religion

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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117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance is helping me towards having a healthier relationship with food. I am growing stronger in my relationship with Jesus, and in turn I am being more present with my family and friends. I am starting to enjoy the same food my family is enjoying, which in turn I can enjoy being with them in the here and now. My husband is even noticing a difference in my relationship with food and how I view my body! The staff and volunteers have such a passion for helping people find freedom from eating disorders and body image issues. I like how there is a teaching time through a Webinar. Then each week I get to discuss what I thought of the teaching with ladies who are in the program, with an amazing faciliator who leads the group. I also like the forum of Ning where we can post our struggles and victories on, then other members can respond with encouraging words. In some ways it is like having your own cheering section during this season in life. It is also nice to know that you not alone in this fight for freedom. My quality of life is so much better since being part of Finding Balance. I am thankful that Constance listened to God's calling in helping other women find freedom from eating disorders!

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findingbalance I loved reading your post! And thank you for including this photo - a beautiful location and a beautiful soul! It's an honor to walk with you...

1 Debbie229

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Finding balance is a great resource for anyone struggling with an eating disorder and/or body image issues... Also the daily vitamin devotion is always spot on!!!

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findingbalance 03/20/2017

Thank you, Debbie!

1 MINIgirl

Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance's Lasting Freedom program changed my life! I now have a strong support system to help me when I am struggling with disordered eating, depression, and body challenges. With community, friends, and a stronger sense of my value to my family, friends, and my community, I am able to get out of my isolation and am making friends, forming new bonds, and using my gifts of encouragement more extensively. I know I am a child of God who is beautiful in His sight. I honestly do not believe I would be alive today if it were not for FINDINGbalance and their supportive faith-based recovery program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even though I don't struggle with an eating disorder, when others have forwarded Findingbalance daily devotionals to me that have touched their hearts and brought them timely comfort, I have found them to be spot-on Biblically, profoundly deep, and motivationally inspiring.

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findingbalance 03/20/2017

Thank you for posting, friend. So glad the DV's have been meaningful to you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance has helped me in the most holistic sense, from community building in my own life and online, to giving me practical tools, forums to delve deeper into topics, and accountability in my recovery process. I don't know where I would've ended up without their support.

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findingbalance 03/16/2017

Thank you for these kind words, friend. We're honored to journey with you toward freedom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Finding Balance program for 18 months. In that time my physical, but more importantly my mental health, has improved beyond belief. Prior to joining the program I was considering treatment options, inpatient and partial hospitalization had helped in the past but would mean leaving my job and family. Finding Balance allowed me to recover more fully than ever before, as process that I am still continuing today at home as a newlywed.
Through Finding Balance, I have discovered more about my faith and myself than I could have imagined. I have gone from fearing any carbohydrate-based foods and shaking at the sight of a scale to choosing pasta for dinner and throwing my scale in the garbage. This program has not only guided me in discovering my faith and courage in the Lord, but also has provided me with a community a like-minded individuals who are some of the first people I want to share my victories, and who are the first to offer support when I need more help.

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Thank you for sharing this, friend! It has been an honor to journey with you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization working hard to encourage and support women struggling with eating disorders and food addictions. Using a Christ centered approach the healing process begins and each member becomes part of a supportive and private community to share hope and wisdom, fears and doubts. For women who often feel alone and misunderstood, Lasting Freedom is a place to connect with others who understand the struggle and find hope during a process that feels daunting and impossible. I am always thankful that God led me to this community and I am amazed to find encouragement each time I log on and join a group, no matter how much I want to avoid reality, it really is a place for life giving hope and joy.

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

SO glad to know our mission has been serving you well! Thank you for sharing. - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone has been kind and generous. They've been eager to help and offer support.

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Thank you for the kind words. We count it a privilege to walk with you! - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After decades of struggling with disordered eating and image issues I found Findingbalance and all of its resources a few years ago. Constance Rhodes book, 'Life Inside the Thin Cage' resonated with my heart on so many levels and I continued to go back to the website for any new resources and information that could help my recovery. There's not a faith based program in my area, and so this past year, I was extremely grateful to find FB had developed an online venue for those seeking support in recovery. I joined that online program, lasting freedom, and found a safe place and genuine people with whom I can unpack struggles, chase God's grace and finally be free to be the heart and body God has created me to be. Eternally grateful for FB and lasting freedom. becca

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Grateful for you, Becca, and for your encouraging words. Thank you for sharing! - cr

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GREAT PEOPLE!!! They have helped many people find Grace in God!

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findingbalance 03/15/2017

Thanks! - cr

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful to find something that could meet my needs of fellowship, teaching, and understanding. It was an economical addition to my recovery. Looking forward to being able to continue to grow with this wonderful organization.

1 Margaret80

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with the Finding Balance Program and participating in their on line program "Lasting Freedom" is bringing so much Hope into my life! This program has challenged me to work at changing my own attitude about so much in my life. I am learning that God is right here with me all the time. I am learning to ask God's help and realize that I am not on this journey all by myself. The facilitators of this program are just so very honest and patient. They nudge you just when you need a "nudge" and they share their own struggles in such a genuine way.
I am making positive forward progress. This progress might be deemed slow by some but I am learning that "slow" is real progress. I was experiencing so much shame in my life over my compulsive overeating. I just did not think I could ask God to help me first because I felt like such a failure. Finding Balance has taught me to try each and every day to put God first in my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful that God led me to Finding Balance. I had been struggling with my eating disorder for years. Periods of Recovery and then periods of relapse. I have been in Recovery successfully from addictions for 29 years. My personal struggles with my overeating have been longstanding. I just could not seem to get recovery with my overeating - I needed something more for the Eating Disorder. I appreciate all the people and programs that have given me support. However, I am finding and developing such a sustaining relationship with God thru a woman's program called Lasting Freedom. Finding Balance has such dedicated facilitators and many of them with there own personal recovery from an Eating Disorder. God Bless all the staff. Maggie/AZ

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Maggie, it has truly been a pleasure serving you! Thank you for sharing your kind words here. - cr

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Finding Balance for over a year and have the highest regard for the organization and what they are doing. It is ran by people with hearts for God and serving others. What I appreciate about Finding Balance is they are very clear on what their mission is and very deliberate in going about it. Through Finding Balance I have gained a closer walk with God, a community of Christian women who are committed to God and their recovery and great strides in my own recovery. I truly believe in what Finding Balance is about and hope to be a part of it's success for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been apart of FindingBalance this summer after completing treatment at Selah House last year. They have been such an integral part of my continued recovery and helped in growing my faith. Thanks to Constance, Jeannette, Bethany and the whole team. I feel so blessed to have you as part of my support team. Love you and am so grateful for you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What I love about Finding Balance is how real, honest and raw we can be. We can listen, and answer to help each other. We share scripture, music and stories. It's all about the Faith based COMMUNITY! That's what I love!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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findingbalance 05/02/2016

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

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Daily Vitamin speaks the Truth of Jesus to me every day. It's like He knows just what I need to hear and remember and the DV is His affirming His Presence in my life. God uses Constance and her findingbalance team to know how to be active in faith in Jesus, encourages us to take the "next right step" in faith and away from our unhealthy behaviors and thoughts. I love love love this devotional and all that findingbalance continues to do to reach us with unhealthy eating and body image issues.

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Thank you SO much for sharing this! - cr

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Daily emails inspire me to stay on track. I'm very grateful for them.

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Awesome! Grateful that they're hitting the spot!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very thankful for this encouraging and uplifting message every morning.

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

You are most welcome!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is very inspirational for finding freedom from food anxiety through Christ and provides many resources I am very thankful for it

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findingbalance 05/31/2016

Thank you for sharing that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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