You’ve no doubt read the suicide news about fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author and documentary reporter. Fans from all over the world lit up the social media with heartfelt thoughts and condolences spotlighting new awareness to the plight of suicide. But what about those who are suffering alone and in silence … those that you don’t know or hear about in the news?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. It is significant that the study claims that suicide is not just a mental health issue. It’s an issue for anyone struggling with serious life problems: strained relationships; financial problems; physical health issues; and substance abuse … and that includes just about everyone as far as I can tell.
Although The CDC has calculated that suicides from opioid overdoses nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014, data from a 2014 national survey showed that individuals addicted to prescription opioids had a 40 to 60 percent higher risk of suicidal tendencies. Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them.
I conclude that we need to teach people coping skills. Everyone has many difficult life seasons. The good news is that one can learn how to maneuver through life’s temporary storms. Without the help, training and education provided at Faith Farm Ministries, many of our students would become one of these statistics. I conclude that when a loved one is in crisis or hurting, they may require help which you cannot offer … help disguised as a consequence. I know from my own loved one’s experience that I had to stop loving him to death. I had to get out of God’s way, and God did much better than I ever could.
Pastor Kathryn Bausman
Director of Eastham Home for Women, Faith Farm Ministries
The popular song lyrics “we will praise you in the storm” took on a whole new depth of meaning as we braced ourselves for one of the largest storms in history, Irma, a category five hurricane. Faith Farm’s students and staff had a chance to practice what we teach, and I am so proud to say we came through. As the storm drew closer the praise and prayer grew louder. Some staff stayed with the students through the entire storm and encouraged them to believe what we have been teaching; there is another way to deal with life and crises besides drugs and alcohol. Faith Farm has been serving the communities of South Florida with a free residential recovery program for more than 65 years and we are not about to stop now! We operate on a unique micro enterprise system, with the majority of our operating expenses being supplied through the Certified Work Training opportunities that we offer our students. This model allows us to use the cash donations we receive to go to program related expenses. The storm, not only knocked down trees and fences, but the power and water shortages shut down our micro enterprises for more than a week, crippling our cash flow. There is another saying “faith isn’t faith until it is tested” well test away, we will stand. Our staff and students immediately began the laborious task of cleaning up the mess, picking up trees, repairing broken fences and torn down awnings. We started classes back up right away, and through it all we continued in prayer and praise. Our kitchens never stopped feeding our more than 400 students, in fact in Fort Lauderdale we shared our blessings with the community and fed those who had no way to feed themselves. You see, the truth of who we are is in our very name, FAITH Farm. We believe what we are doing, must be done, that the men and women we are helping must be helped and so we continue to do what we do even through the storms. We walk in Faith that God will raise up an army, if needed, that will see the importance of our work and come alongside us to continue the work of the ministry. If you want to be a part of that army and join us in the fight against addiction visit our web site at www.faithfarm.org or donate directly to our Hurricane Relief Campaign at http://bit.ly/supportFaithFarm.
Executive Director Dean Webb accepting a grant check from Publix Super Markets Charities for $20,000. A big “THANKS” to Publix from all of us at Faith Farm!!!
Faith Farm Ministries Receives $32,000 Grant from Health Foundation for Food Service Program at Rescue Mission in Fort Lauderdale Boynton Beach, FL-
March 10, 2016–Faith Farm Ministries received a $ 32,000 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida that will go toward upgrading commercial kitchen equipment, increasing food service capacity and providing healthier menu options at the Ministries’ Fort Lauderdale Campus.
According to Faith Farm Ministries’ Executive Director, Dean O. Webb, “This grant, ‘Food Service Improvement for a Model Rescue Mission,’ advances our ability to help those who are working to rebuild their lives from the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol.” He added, “The funding also enhances our vocational school’s ‘Food Service’ track for students entering the food service industry upon graduation. The new equipment maintains our eligibility to receive food stamps on behalf of program recipients as a certified State of Florida Department of Children and Families approved location, and enables menus to be produced with an emphasis on nutrition as the grant provides for a nutritionist to be contracted.”
Providing healthy meals increases morale of students at the campus. For students going through their nine month regeneration program, meals are a source of morale since they are on a strict schedule with limited privileges. Having nutritious, appealing food selections are critical during the addiction recovery process since students often substitute food for drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. For more information, please call 561.737.2259 or visit the following website: Faith Farm
About Farm Faith Ministries: Faith Farm Ministries is a free, minimum 9 month, faith-based, drug and alcohol addiction recovery program with residential services for more than 445 men and women who struggle with these life controlling issues. Although geographically located in three South Florida campuses, students from 47 states have come to Faith Farm from all the country. For more information, please call 561.737.2259 or visit the following website: Faith Farm
About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By funding providers and supporting programs to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in the health of individuals and families. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $113 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the website, Health Foundation
The first group of men and women in an addiction recovery program anywhere … EVER, have earned up to 9 college credits each at the Boynton Beach campus of Faith Farm Ministries as they graduate from the free, long term residential recovery program. There are actually three courses within the recovery curriculum that are now accredited for 3 credit hours each:
- Relational Ministry and Personal Development
- Life Skills, and
- How To Study The Bible.
The accreditation is possible because of a unique partnership between Faith Farm and South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary. The first college transcripts were awarded at the August graduations for each campus beginning with Boynton Beach on August 3rd; Ft. Lauderdale on August 10th at 10 AM; and, Okeechobee on August 17th at 10 AM. Dr. Joe Guadagnino, President of South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, will be presenting the transcripts together with Dr. Mary Drabik, Senior Vice President of the College. We are super excited that we are able to give our students a more solid foundation to stand on as they move on from Faith Farm into the future that God has planned for them. This is nothing short of a divine partnership.
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Faith Farm Dedicates New Bridge to Students Past and Future
Pictured left to right are: Pastor John Glenn, Board Member; Troy Hardy, Boynton Campus Director; Faith Bolton, Board Member; Brandon Tucker, Board Member; Pastor Mike Brown, Board Chairman; Dean O. Webb, Executive Director; Dr. Mary Drabik, Board Member; Pastor Joe Guadagnino, Board Member.
The Boynton Campus of Faith Farm Ministries dedicated their new bridge today … The old bridge, which was condemned above a year ago had to be replaced. Trusting God for the resources to pay a $1.14 Million bill, they proceeded in faith with construction and cut the ribbon today, “Dedicating To The Thousands Who Cross This Bridge To A Transformed Life.” Board Chair, Mike Brown, was 12 years old when he attended the dedication of the first bridge 50 years ago in 1954.
Faith Farm Ministries is a free, minimum 9 month, faith-based, addiction recovery program with residential services for more than 445 men and women who have lost control of their lives due to alcohol and/or illegal and pharmaceutical drug addictions.Recently, college accreditation through a partnership with South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary allows our students an opportunity to acquire up to 9 college credits. In addition, we prepare the student for a competitive job market through Comprehensive Work Training that teaches resume worthy vocational skills, work ethics, teamwork and conflict resolution. They are assisted with resumes, job searches, trade school scholarships, applications and interviewing skills. Although we are geographically located in south Florida, students have come to Faith Farm from all over the country and beyond. Since 2008, we have had students from 41 of the 50 United States.
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