Our mission is
to be a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing DAILY help to those seeking balance with food, weight and wellness.
Founded in 2002, FINDINGbalance, is a Christian health and wellness organization, with a mission to help people eat well, and live free from eating and body image issues.
The only Christian non-profit focused on a population that ranges from basic dieter to clinical eating disorders, we are intentional about providing quality, balanced resources which are sensitive to all who struggle with food and body image.
For those struggling with overweight and obesity, we promote a non-diet approach to weight management. Since research indicates 95% of dieters regain the weight within 5 years, we believe a non-diet approach is the best and healthiest long term model.
For those struggling with clinical eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, we provide articles, videos featuring doctors, nutritionists, and counselors, treatment referrals and other resources links to point them toward the care they need..
Since most people do not have clinical eating disorders, we work to educate about EDNOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified) including orthorexia (obsession with eating healthy), chewing and spitting, compulsive exercise and other less-discussed but highly common struggles.
Our tools are designed to be a “first stop,” “stop gap,” and “continuing care” for those impacted. As a “first stop” we are highly accessible via internet, so someone not yet ready to seek professional help can begin learning about their (or loved ones) struggle, find hope and encouragement to take the next step toward freedom. As a “stop gap” we provide daily blogs and our “Gathering” small group tool which can complement other forms of counseling/treatment. As a “continuing care” provider our online tools & groups can be used after treatment to ensure a continued road to health and freedom. Our Hungry for Hope conference is another element of continuing care, providing a Christ-centered learning and equipping experience for clinicians and community members alike.
Since 2002, FINDINGbalance has established itself as the leading Christian resource for DAILY help with eating and body image issues. As the only National Christian non-profit specifically focused on this topic, we feel called to address these issues in a balanced way that serves all people, particularly those seeking Christian or faith-based resources to complement their healing journey. Those we serve include the three out of four women (and many men) who wrestle with food issues, ranging from Chronic Dieting to Emotional Eating, Compulsive Exercise, Organic Food Obsessions, Anorexia, Bulimia and other forms of eating concerns.
1. CEDCN Launched August 2014 www.cedcn.org The Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network exists to increase collaboration between faith-based providers while also creating a valuable resource for those seeking faith-based providers in their recovery journey. Individuals will have a comprehensive list of providers in their area who work on the issue from a faith basis.
3. 7th Annual “Hungry for Hope” conference, June 2014 Franklin TN, offered clinical and community tracks for those serving disordered eating populations as well as for those directly impacted by food and body image issues. Attendance increased 40% and volunteer hours grew 100% over prior year. Participant feedback showed the content was relevant, informative, and helpful. Record high funds were raised during the event; more than doubling the monthly giving. www.hfhconference.com
4. Personnel: Volunteers donated over 3,000 hours August 2013 to August 2014; added two members to Board of Directors; board defined as both policy-setting and working; annual board weekend for planning and strategy; added part-time staff member dedicated to fundraising and finance.
1. Grow CEDCN program to cover all 50 states by June 2015. The program will be launched to the public and to the HFH attendees and FINDINGbalance audiences in general in June 2015. Initial support and interest in this program has indicated there is a great need for the program.
2. Grow “Lasting Freedom” facilitators, peer-mentors and group members at a measured rate to handle the members with the time and programing necessary to encourage growth and recovery. Recently appointed volunteer role as Clinical Supervisor to oversee the program, train new facilitators and offer clinical guidance as necessary.
3. 8th annual “Hungry for Hope” conference June 2015, Franklin,TN , grow attendance by 30% over 2014 numbers. Develop a fundraising component of the conference to build on the success of the 2014 fundraising successes.
4. Strategically develop a fundraising and grant plan to apply for five grants within twelve months, to broaden the financial support to include grant funders as well as individual donors, sponsorships and program services fees.
The greatest program challenge to FINDINGbalance has been finding upfront funding for program initiatives. The following programs and support systems are being overhauled for sustainability:
1. “Hungry for Hope” Conference: Upfront funding for all event expenses including facilities rental, sound, lights, marketing, printing, materials and speaker stipends. Cost $30k - $35k/year.
2. “Daily Vitamin” eDevo: Design and publish a book of daily devotionals. Upfront publication funding benefits the organization year-round, as multi-year fundraiser, and a popular Christmas gift. Cost: $15k - $20k initially.
3. Marketing funds: for curriculum, events and the CEDCN, including online advertising, social media, exhibition at professional conferences, and meetings with key gatekeepers (i.e. colleges, churches). Cost: $7k - $15k/year.
4. Digital Asset Manager: part-time new hire to manage all online communication, including main website, CEDCN site, member updates, Gathering member updates, Lasting Freedom networking site, social media, and online videos. Cost: $10K - $12K/year.
5. Program Assistant: full-time to manage general constituent communication, data entry, program administration, website updates, facilitator support and more. Cost $28K - $32K/year.
Based in Franklin, TN, our national and international efforts are accomplished through online support programs, our extensive video-based website, books, curriculum, speaking engagements and conferences. Locally, we serve Metropolitan Nashville and surrounding communities through our FINDINGbalance Gathering support group program and our annual Hungry for Hope conference held in Franklin. In 2014, a solid group of local volunteers contributed to the conference’s overall success.
I became acquainted with FINDINGbalance in 2008 and quickly learned of the dedication, zeal and passion behind the organization, Constance Rhodes. FINDINGbalance has at its helm a woman who is fervently committed to serving those caught in the bondage of eating disorders and body image issues and serving them with program excellence, as well as faithfully being anchored to Truth.
The Board has identified specific areas of growth and challenge in terms of outreach and fundraising as well as establishing the best staff team additions that will broaden the outreach of FINDINGbalance and allow Constance to creatively add to the offerings that serve our clients. Nothing that is undertaken at FINDINGbalance is without our main thrust of providing a path to freedom for the hurting with the authentic, substantive, Christ-centered message of hope.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as Board Chair for FINDINGbalance and I look forward to a rich season ahead.
Jennifer Amanda Walker, Licensed Professional Counselor
The FINDINGbalance website is the world's first and largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues.
Hungry for Hope (HFH) is the premiere national Christian conference for disordered eating and body image issues. Previously hosted in Colorado Springs, the conference is now held in Franklin, TN, just south of downtown Nashville. Taking place over a weekend, (typically Thursday night through Saturday night), HFH is designed with tracks for community members and professionals alike. In partnership with Christian recovery centers programs such as Selah House, Timberline Knolls, Melrose Institute, and A Place of Hope and others, HFH offers sessions led by prominent counselors, psychologists, doctors, dieticians, and lay leaders equipped to educate attendees on various aspects of prevention and recovery. Session offerings include keynote sessions, creative arts, worship and processing groups. Now that the conference has moved to the Nashville area, we look forward to more collaboration with area non-profits, clinicians and community members impacted by eating and body image issues.
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Per the comments on the "Governance" section of this report, 2013 has been a year of reshaping and refining our process and strategy. In Nov. of 2013 we will have our first official Board Retreat in Nashville, during which we will map out a strategic plan for the next 12 months. We have excellent people helping us in the process and are excited about how this effort will help us focus time, energy and other resources toward fulfilling our mission in a revenue-generating way, so that the work can grow far beyond where it has been. We will post documents regarding this planning as they are finalized. We do know that a key management challenge we need to resolve is the establishment of a more reasonable salary for the CEO, in order to prepare for succession as needed down the road, in addition to more properly compensating this current position. Another key area of need is the addition of a key operations person who is skilled in areas of finance, human resources, and general business oversight. A third area we will be focusing on is how to make better use of the free resources available to us via strong volunteers who are seeking a way to contribute. All of these aspects will be considered and planned for in the development of the strategic plan.
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2014 was a reshaping year and we have made progress in paying down our remaining debt. We are undertaking our first fundraising event in June to coincide with our annual conference. This will add a mid-year fundraiser in addition to our typical year-end fundraising campaign. We continue to build our member and sponsor engagement. Our new Director of Development and Finance has also been tasked with pursuing grants, and has a goal of securing 5 grants or $50K by the end of 2015. This is new territory for us and I will personally be supporting her in that effort in any way I can. We are also taking an intentional look at how to better engage with current and previous donors, to increase donations from those who already believe in our cause. The next 12 months will be a critical time for focusing on these areas so that funds can be directed toward growth instead of maintenance.
“I’ve never shared my story with anybody.” -- The first step toward recovery can be the most difficult. The ability to engage in productive activities, to find relationships with other people fulfilling, and to adapt to change and cope with adversity are each vital to enjoying a happy and healthy life. But each of these facilities can be significantly impaired by mental health disorders. A mental health diagnosis should not define who a person is, or what a person can achieve through treatment and support. Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations are ready to help make that first step toward good health a little easier.
For every $1 spent on addiction treatment, $12 are saved on future social, medical and criminal justice costs. Yet addiction recovery services for low-income and uninsured people are provided primarily by nonprofit treatment centers dependent on funding through competitive grants, private donations and modest payment by patients. These centers are always busy, and patient waiting lists are long.
The dramatic achievements of public health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in a myriad of ways, including an increase in life expectancy, worldwide reduction of infant and child mortality rates, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. In Middle Tennessee, improvements in preventive medicine and advanced medical technology have resulted in increased life expectancy and improved health for many residents. However, significant health disparities exist in our region, resulting in poor health status often related to economic status, race, and/or gender.
"Women in Tennessee are in the middle of a health crisis. What are YOU going to do?"
Dr. Stephaine Walker's call to action followed the launch of the TN Women's Health Report Card, which showed some clear areas of progress since the previous snapshot of women's health in our state, but also a number of areas in which there is still significant work to be done. While we are getting more mammograms and have significantly decreased our rates of breast and lung cancers, for example, cervical cancer rates have increased, and 42% of Tennessee's women have high blood pressure. Almost 1 in 5 of us smoked while we were pregnant, and 1 in 3 of us are obese. African American women experience striking disparities in rates of breast cancer, STD contraction, and infant mortality.
The full 2013 report can be accessed through the link below. Read carefully, and decide what YOU are going to do to improve the health of women in Tennessee.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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