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.
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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The Okeechobee Campus of Faith Farm Ministries, a long-time producer of quality beef cattle in Okeechobee, Fl, recently achieved the Beef Quality Assurance Certification, provided through a promotional offer from Boehringer Ingelheim and the national Beef Check Off Program. All full-time employees and program graduates involved in the daily cattle operation at Faith Farm passed multiple BQA Certification tests, making this the first drug & alcohol rehab center in the nation to achieve this certification.
The Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to safety and quality within every segment of the beef industry. “The BQA program is a great training program to ensure the security of US beef and we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Allen Patterson, Assistant Director of Okeechobee Faith Farm. “Having BQA certified employees and students verifies that all cattle we produce and send to market are handled under consistent guidelines with sound and safe practices. Through a partnership with the folks at BQA, Faith Farm will be incorporating this certification process into our Comprehensive Work Training, in which our program students are involved.”
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. We prepare the student for a competitive job market through Comprehensive Work Therapy training that teaches resume worthy vocational skills, work ethics, team work and conflict resolution. They are assisted with resumes, job searches, trade school scholarships, applications and interviewing skills. The Okeechobee campus of Faith Farm is located on over 1500 acres, and includes a working beef cattle ranch, as well as a citrus operation, a dairy calf operation, a salvage recycling program, and a local thrift store. 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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About Faith Farm Ministries
Established in 1951, Faith Farm Ministries is a faith-based, long-term, residential, recovery program for men and women who struggle with addiction issues. There are 445 beds at three locations consisting of over 1,600 acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, and Okeechobee, Florida. Faith Farm Ministries is the premier, national model for a self-funded ministry incorporating a variety of micro-enterprise initiatives, including citrus, cattle, dairy calves, thrift stores, recycling, sod farming and more. In addition to the academic program while in the program, students are trained and gain experience in résumé worthy vocations to help them compete in a challenging job market. The year long program is 100% free for students with micro-enterprise generating nearly $12Million annually: 94.4% of revenues allocated to programs; 4.4% allocated to administration; and, only 1.2% allocated toward fundraising. Visit www.FaithFarm.org for additional information.