Blue Monarch opened its doors in 2003. But it really began years before that.
One night in the fall of 1995 Susan Binkley had a powerful dream that described in great detail how one might put together a program like Blue Monarch. At the time Susan realized this dream was like no other, but she didn’t understand the significance of it until years later when the dream miraculously came together in real life.
Blue Monarch is peacefully located near Monteagle mountain in Middle Tennessee. Through the generosity of Madeline and Howell Adams, who believed in Susan’s vision, Blue Monarch was able to purchase a 50-acre farm property that was previously a bed and breakfast. It came completely furnished and provided everything needed to immediately begin serving women and children in the area who were looking for a new start.
Since 2003 Blue Monarch has served almost 600 women and children from across the entire state of Tennessee and beyond the state line. Through the years the program has developed into an intensive self-help program providing priceless opportunities for women to learn an entirely new way of life, overcome generations of addiction and abuse, develop a personal relationship with God, and effectively become healthier parents to their children.
Blue Monarch has gained a reputation for providing a robust learning platform for women to become better parents in order to regain custody of their children. Since 2003 nearly 200 children have been able to reestablish a relationship with their mothers who had previously lost custody.
On-site counseling, hands-on parenting coaching, daily spiritual development, and a rich children’s program have developed Blue Monarch into a unique, life-changing opportunity – not only for the courageous women who come, but also for every previous child that crosses the threshold.
Since 2003, Blue Monarch has provided an opportunity to mothers searching for the means to rebuild their lives; most of which have been consumed by drug addiction, poverty, and imprisonment. Over the years, we have seen lives restored, families renewed, and children transformed.
In addition to having served over 500 women and children from 34 counties across Tennessee, we have steadily gained supporters from across the entire country and continue to receive inquiries for help from struggling mothers everywhere.
Our mission is to restore hope not only in the spirits of the residents of Blue Monarch, but in the community at large. We want to restore hope that something can be done to stop the cycle of recidivism; that something can be done to alter the course of a family’s future; and that something can be done to intervene in the lives of children in desperate and terrifying circumstances.
Something can be done. And Blue Monarch is doing it.
We are so excited that we have been able to retire the mortgage debt on our home, freeing up valuable capital in our operating budget. We have also been able to make more in-home services available to our families, eliminating the need to send residents off-site to receive certain services.
Amazing transformations take place in the lives of the women and children of Blue Monarch. I feel we are changing the family tree as the women and their precious children learn a healthier lifestyle. Many of the women at Blue Monarch have been taught to use drugs by their parents and grandparents. I am pleased to witness the breaking of this tragic cycle as children are learning a new way of life and are not exposed to some of the hideous conditions their mothers were. One of the saddest aspects of methamphetamines is how it destroys a mother’s nurturing instinct for her children. Since our program is 12 months, this gives time for the drugs to finally leave the system, and that bond to develop between a mother and her children – usually for the first time. The restoration of families so wounded by drugs is by far the most important aspect of our program. I have witnessed a number of women who have arrived at Blue Monarch hardly knowing their own children, and have left as healthy, caring mothers. Of course, our goal is for every woman to successfully complete the program, but even those who have left prematurely have later told us that their children's lives have been forever changed as they desire a more structured lifestyle and have fond memories. I feel a big part of what we do is help to replace very sad memories with good ones. It is truly humbling to be a part of this amazing process.
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