I think every single person is touched either directly by addiction, or indirectly. We all feel the pain and sorrow it brings. We all have suffered in some way. But some of us are blessed when the story takes a turn like mine did.
A few short years ago I sat next to my brother 3 separate times in the hospital as he struggled to survive his latest suicide attempt or drug overdose. He tried to get clean, but was too overwhelmed by the temptation that seemed to follow him. While in rehab in South Florida people would stand outside the wall and throw drugs over to the patients inside. How can anyone make it with drugs being served to them constantly. I called around to my family and friends and told them he needed to get out of Florida. I knew where his path would lead if he didn’t have a complete environmental change. A safe place to retreat. That’s when my cousin found Freedom Farm Ministries.
I can honestly say having a place like Freedom Farm who made it so easy to get my brother in (all he had to do was apply himself) changed everything. So many commercial rehabs were dead ends. Freedom Farm is a safe haven for those who are ready to commit to the healing Christ can provide. That healing, like the pain I mentioned earlier, spreads across to the entire family.
I look at where God has brought my brother today, and cry tears of joy. Today he is happily married and a father. His life is devoted to helping other get free from the boundage of addiction. I know not everyone’s story will have the same ending that goes to Freedom Farm Ministries. I know that trusting in a program that looks to God for healing seems like it is missing something, but I also know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Several years ago a godly couple, Robbie and Rita Collie, were led by God to start Freedom Farm Ministries. (FFM) My son eventually became a client.
Having realized that I was “enabling” and not “helping” him (get free from his addiction) I tried “TOUGH LOVE!” (It was the hardest thing I ever did!) I thought I would lose him forever but it was my last resort.
Having almost died several times, by God’s grace he was spared. I finally said “I love you but will no longer be there to save you”! That is when things started to change and a friend sent me info on FFM in Boone, NC. Thank God!
HE HIT ROCK BOTTOM and that is when the journey began to freedom from addiction and a life of dependence on God.
He was accepted into the program. His third rehab! Now some have said that the accommodations are not the best, but are crack houses, bars and being tied down in a hospital bed better? I think not!! Having no insurance meant beggars can’t be choosers and the price was manageable. And it was a Christian rehab! You couldn’t communicate for some time but he made it through the Safe House and on to Restoration and Recovery!
FFM hasn’t gotten it right every time but who does? We all make mistakes and God loves us all the more!! The ministry has gone through changes but with the direction from a Board of Directors of men and women devoted to God and this ministry, it is fulfilling its goals. Men are surrendering to the Word of God and His promises and receiving grace, forgiveness and freedom from addiction.
We are BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE and are praying for the growth of this needed ministry and those who have dedicated their hearts and lives to seeing men and their souls saved and free!! Joy is for those who seek it!!
Glory be to God for Freedom Farm Ministries, and their amazing Director, Jim Quigley, and all Spiritual Advisors, including Mike and Steve.
These amazing men helped save our son's life by guiding him to establish his relationship with God, and, YES, this saved Brandon's life!!
Our story begins over 10 years ago, when Brandon was in high school and the drugs in South Florida are, sadly, a large part of most youth's lives. Over a period of several years, he was exposed to different types of opiods, etc., and he slowly became engulfed in a deep, dark hole silently spiraling out of control. He had moved out of the house and held down a full time job, however, we had to face the fact that he had an addiction and needed help. We tried several rehabs in South Florida, and he would go through the medical detox, a few meetings afterwards and then he would just be let out to begin the cycle once again. They just didn't seem to care. This went on for years and it became increasingly apparent that Brandon's addiction was going to lead to his death, very soon, if we didn't find a way to save him NOW! We were scared to death every time the phone rang, would this be the time the Narcan didn't save him?
In March of 2017, that is when my husband finally found Freedom Farm Ministries! We spoke to Jim on a Friday evening, showed Brandon their Facebook page, and he agreed to go! He flew up the very next week and entered the Safe House and this is where our story goes from dark and despair to peace and light!! Praise the Lord! We finally found the group of men who would care about our son's life, show him he does matter, and show him his faith in God will be the light that leads him through his next chapter, his addiction free life!
We have had the pleasure to visit Brandon in Boone, NC, and to drive around the mountains and enjoy God's beautiful and amazing country there, and to see the homes where Brandon stayed during each phase of his recovery. More importantly, we got to attend a worship service with Brandon and meet all of the incredible men who have guided Brandon along the way, and we also spent time with his Brother's in Christ, who are really great guys, all thanks to Freedom Farm Ministries.
Brandon is now 7 months clean, and we are so blessed to have our son who his addiction free, works full time, is responsible with his money, is full of love, joy and happiness and is so happy to be alive! He is so blessed to be part of this 1 year program, and he is actually an inspiration to our family now.
Our deepest thanks from the bottom of our hearts to Freedom Farm Ministries for saving our son's life!!
I was in a deep pit of despair called addiction, but was given hope by this ministry which I know is ordained by God for his purpose. Opiates had become a habitual recreation where it became too much to handle and quickly turned my life upside down. I went to FF and was shown nothing but respect and love by the staff and the guys who were in every stage of the program. I thank God for providing a place where I was able to get away from the noise of the world, and able to be still and know that he is God and all things are orchestrated by his hand. Thank you Freedom Farms
I arrived at FFM July of 2015. Been in an out of rehab, on probation, and in an out of jail.
I need help and a 12 mouth program is what I needed. On the out side everything. My wife and I had just bought a house good job. Got my License back. But inside I was a wreck. Got my 2nd DWI,then after 10 days in jail I was at FFM. The BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT!!!!! I reached out for help and God made sure I had it. Jim, Mike, Steve ,Pastor Scott and my brothers at FFM. I was broken and 1 day at a time things got better. Was ever day rainbows and unicorns? No, with the guidance, and coaching of Jim, Mike, Steve, Pastor Scott I grew in my Faith. I’ve been clean and sober for 2yrs and still going glory be to God. I owe everything I am to my Lord and to the men named above. I have abundant life. Is life smooth with no rocky parts? No, my Lord and Saver makes my way for me. Now when I get out of sorts I know I’m going out with out my Father’s guidance.
May God bless you and your FFM with FFM.
James Gibbs 7/10/15 to 7/10/16
Yes I finished my 12 mouth commitment that I agreed to with Jim. God has blessed me.
I found life at FFM. I didn't know Jesus before, and I was able to meet Him there. There is no such thing as a perfect recovery center, but FFM gave me the chance I needed to get help. They promote a positive environment to pursue life. The year long program prepared me to get back in the game.
I had been to 7 rehabs with no success and then I found ffm. It was tough for me for awhile because I did not know Jesus when I got there and the farm is all about Jesus. Through bible study,devotions,church and counseling I finally knew the truth, and that truth is Jesus. Now I finally had peace and did need any substance to change the way I felt. I praise God for Jim and staff for showing me grace and being patient with me as I grew in my faith. I owe my life to God but ffm was a tremendous part of my success. If you have a problem and need help I highly recommend this ministry.
Freedom Farm Ministries , an answer to this Mom’s prayers.
My son became addicted to opioids (pain medication) due to a back injury. He is a highly educated and technically oriented young man with a huge heart. He was raised in church and had a happy childhood. He was always the life of every party and always had a smile. He was a successful manager with a six figure salary. That is until he fell victim to drug companies and the carelessness of healthcare professionals. He took pills so he could work. Then they gave him more pills because he couldn’t concentrate, then more because he couldn’t sleep. All so he could work and keep up with the demands of his position.
It stole his smile, his laughter, and almost took his life on many occasions. His body became a lifeless shell. I was helpless as a mother and felt I no longer knew who he was.
He wanted so badly to overcome his addiction. I tried everything I knew to help him. He tried to do it on his own. He tried government programs and suboxone and counseling and I could go on and on.
I knew without a doubt that I was going to get a phone call to tell me that he had overdosed. I was always waiting through many sleepless nights. Wondering where he was, had he ate, what was he doing, who was he with.
I had a surgeon to call me a hospital conference room and sit in front of me with tears in his eyes because of his condition.
I became numb. I didn’t know what to say to him anymore. I finally told him I would never give up on him but if he didn’t find a way to beat this addiction, he would without a doubt die. God had spared his life over and over for a reason and he needed to figure out what his purpose was in life because he wasn’t promised another day or chance at life.
And then, I found Freedom Farm Ministeries. I shared the website with him and asked him if he was interested. Yes! He was! I told him he had to make that call and admit himself. And he did!
He has been there since June 15th, two days before his birthday.
He is with men who understand with no judgment. He is in church when he doesn’t have to be. He has not only been successful in their program but is now employed by them. He is helping others overcome their addiction. He has found his purpose and I have my son back!
They not only help them overcome but help them get re-established in life.
I get so tired of reading and hearing of sweet lives wasted to overdoses. This is a place they can go to heal and reflect and ask for God’s help and guidance. I thank God daily for them and the people who support them.
Freedom farms gave our family hope when we thought there was none. My son was facing jail time. He chose to go through the program at Freedom Farms instead. He struggled at the beginning but overcame and sussesfully made it through. He has been clean for almost two years and is now working and supporting himself. We are so thankful for this program. They help you find your freedom from addiction by giving it over to the One who can truely help. I give thanks to the Ministry and to God for helping our son and in turn helping our family.
Freedom Farm ministries has hepled me change my life and in the process I have grown so much closer to God and saved my life , God has restored relationships that I have destroyed , and the brotherhood is like no other ,the staff are all great people .
Great experience. Freedom Farm's mission is to restore men that are broken by addiction and it works. Freedom Farm is not Passages Malibu. There are no fancy accommodations but I always had everything I needed. This is a Christian program, ran by Christian men who are motivated, capable and truly want to help other men break free from addiction.
TAG: RE: FREEDOM FARM MINISTRIES, BOONE, NC R COLLIE
What - " rockin General Member of the Public, 04/20/2012" says is TRUE, at least it was for me. No doubt a good audit would raise a lot of questions. I know the food stamp stuff is true; R will bring u forms, hard to say no.
BUT God uses consequences and works through personal trials, and through it all Jesus loved me. The five star rating goes because Freeedom Farm was where Jesus wanted me to be in spite of the acts of the men around me. I built my cross on the hill. I sat on that hill and through the trees watched R*ie throw a man out, money flow runs out and you are gone. That didn't change the fact that Jesus was pursuing me. R*a is a gold mine of wisdom, and can't see her flaws, but you can tell she loves the Lord, that He is pursuing them too. #Jailbreak Vertical Church Band WATCH THE ATTACHED VIDEO
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you could see what Jesus was doing in your life. Please see our response to rockin. The Collies are no longer associated with Freedom Farm Ministries.
Most unorganized horrible place. They let guys with as little as three months clean be in charge. I agree Jim is all about the money and could care less about these men.
Thank you for leaving a review. I wish your experience had been better. Please let me explain why we "let guys with 3 months clean be in charge". Once men complete the second phase of our program, they are required to get jobs in the community. There are a handful of jobs within the ministry that can be filled by these men. When we have an opening and a particular man has shown an interest in serving the ministry and shown us he can be a good influence on other men, we consider hiring him. Two of the positions these men could be placed in are the onsite staff members at the Safe House and Restoration House. These men do not lead curriculum or provide counseling, however. They simply make sure all the men get up on time, take men where they're supposed to be and monitor the safety and well being of everyone in the house. These men are always closely supervised and in close contact with permanent staff members.
This is not a rehab, only bible study with free labor. There is no drug consulting other then "praying". Living conditions is a double wide with 4 men to a room sleeping on children's bunkbeds. They do make you give them you SSN to they can apply you for food stamps. That's when I left. Why was I paying 600 a month to live in a double wide on food stamps? Personaly I believe some stealing is happening with the owner Jim.
While we would love to be able to provide amazing accommodations for our residents, unfortunately, it's just not possible currently. In our first phase - the Safe House - men do stay in a renovated double wide home. And there are up to 16 people at a time there with up to 4 to a room just like you said; but most of the time, we have 8 - 12 men there. It's often not at full capacity. In our second phase, Restoration, men are housed in a cabin with 6 or 7 other men for the entire 40 day program. And in the final phase, the Discipleship Living Center, men live together in either homes or mobile homes that house between 5 and 9 each. Your comment about us using food stamps to feed men in the Safe House and Restoration seems to imply there is something shady or dishonest about the practice. Since no one in the house is employed and they live together and eat together, they are entitled to file for food stamps. Otherwise, the state of NC and the USDA wouldn't allow it.
Becuase of God's work at Freedom Farms my life has been restored. I was facing a long prison sentence and had lost everything. I was at the end of the road in my life and ready to give up and end it all. Praise God the Lord helped me find Freedom Farms. This ministry helped me find Christ and helped me put my life back together.
Freedom Farm has forever changed my Life. The directors, Robbie and Rita Collie, have a true heart for this ministry and the men in it! Thier love, kindness and generousity amazed me. They were God's vessel in my live that has forever changed me. If not for God and the work He did through this ministry I know without a shadow of a doubt I would be dead. I am forever grateful to Robbie Collie and this ministry.
Freedom Farm is a great place for men fighting addiction. This Christian based program has helped me through my troubles. God is in every aspect of this program and Robbie and Rita Collie is some of the most humble and generous people you will ever come across. I would recommend this program to anyone that is struggling with addiction. This program has helped me realize the true important things in my life!!!!!!
Freedom Farm Ministries is an excellent opportunity for Men struggling with addiction. Robbie Collie and Rita Collie are the most loving and understanding people I have met in my life, and will do anything for you. God is working miracles here at Freedom Farms all the time! This is an excellent program !
Robbie Collie is the director of this drug and alcohol christian recovery program. He says he has 10 years sobriety, yet has used drugs on many occassions, sometimes drugs confiscated from the men in his care. The men work in a company called "his helping hands" which is a FOR profit company, and pays his workers nothing or very little. He buys personal belongings of the men in his care for pennies on the dollar (cars, furniture etc.)....many of these are in no shape to make a good financial decision. He also steals the food stamp cards from his men and then kicks them out. He buys land and personal property IN HIS NAME with ministry funds.
Robbie Collie resigned as Executive Director of Freedom Farm Ministries in May 2014. His Helping Hands was a company owned by Mr. Collie and when he resigned, all ties between the company and Freedom Farm Ministries were severed as well. Since May 2014, Jim Quigley has been the Executive Director.