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 their loved one's) struggle, find hope and encouragement to take the next step toward freedom. We can also point them toward our new and growing Christian eating disorder professional network at www.cedcn.org. As a “stop gap” we provide an online support program called "Lasting Freedom" which can complement other forms of counseling/treatment, and also provides "continuing care" following other treatment elements (or for those who don't need treatment). Our Hungry for Hope semi-annual conference is another element of continuing care, providing a Christ-centered learning and equipping experience for clinicians and community members alike.
1. At this time we are projecting to pay off all debt in 2016 with a goal to become self-sustaining without need for corporate sponsorships to cover basic operating costs. To meet this budget we will need to continue having strong direct support from individual donors, while at the same time increasing our program memberships.
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.
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
Lasting Freedom is the first Christian online support program for eating disorders and body image issues. It runs in 8-week cycles, with shorter "relaxed" cycles during the summer. Members watch a weekly webinar featuring inspiring guest authors, counselors and speakers, they attend a weekly online "freedom team" support group moderated by trained facilitators, and interact with other in a private online community website. At the end of each cycle they participate in a "one-on-one" with the Director of Member Services to discuss progress and set individualized goals for the next cycle.
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Short-term success is measured by the quality of the experience provided to those who attend, as well as goodwill/continued collaboration offered by clinical partners and sponsors.
Long-term success will be measured by the following factors: 1) market recognition of the HFH brand as the premiere Christian conference for eating and body image issues, 2) full attendance at event(s) and 3) financial sustainability of the program.
Evaluations are completed by attendees and cover both the conference as a whole, and each individual session. Those seeking CE credits are required to fill out these evaluations, and many community members fill them out as well. This direct communication from attendees helps us know we are hitting the mark of what they need, and gives us feedback about areas to improve/enhance.
We recently received a sizeable donation from a gentleman who had attended HFH a few years earlier. He wrote in an accompanying letter about the incredible source of hope he had found the conference to be. At the time, he was in a relationship with a woman who struggled with an eating disorder so he was there to try and find tools to share with her. He was surprised by how encouraging he found the conference to also be for him personally, and wrote with much gratefulness for our efforts there. Stories like his are common. Many who come to HFH return again, proving that what they experience there is something worth spending time and money on to experience again.
I am incredibly excited
about the next 12-18 months here at FINDINGbalance. Earlier in 2015 our board
made a determination to step back from the busy-ness of all the programs we
were running to evaluate the health of our organization from the core (staff)
on out to those we serve.
We were not too surprised to discover that while we were serving a lot of people in some really great ways, the internal stress of the amount of programs we were running was not allowing our core team to operate in a state of wellness. Nor was it allowing time to develop better revenue generation so we could become more self-sustaining.
With these things in mind, we felt it was important to shift decision-making priorities from being outside-in (i.e. where what constituents want/need supersedes what the team/org needs) to inside-out (i.e. where we serve our constituents from a position of the overflow of internal wellness).
In practical terms, it meant pausing or ending certain programs which were good but not great, so that resources could be better focused on those programs that are both impactful to those we serve and sustainable financially and staff-wise.
By fall of 2015 we are already experiencing emotional and financial relief due to this new decision-making method, and we anticipate that in 2016 we will be able to shore up key infrastructure and grow our key programs while also obliterating old debt by operating in a proactive rather than reactive manner on every front.
Right now we are at good staffing levels for the focus of 2016. We will be intentional about utilizing more of the new technologies designed to increase productivity and automation, including Neon CRM, Quickbooks Online, and some other tools that can now work together using integrative tools. The only areas we need to grow in 2016 will be our board (by two members, ideally) and the number of volunteer facilitators for our Lasting Freedom online support program, commensurate with the number of new members (one needed for every additional 7 members). With the development of the CEDCN we are already finding a stream of potential candidates from among professionals already interested/experienced in this field.
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