It has been awhile since I added a comment. We wrote and send our second grant proposal to The Division Of Mental Health and Addictions. It is very competitive with only 4 to 6 selected this year to help with a consumer operated business or service activity, dream, vision in the state of Indiana. We are believing God has a plan.
We have been without funding since September 2013 when the first grant funding ended. But, we have kept the COB/Non profit going. Why would God have us start a ministry to our peers in mental health to only close it a year later.
A vision for an education program began forming. The Pathways to HOPE education course/support group is the beginning of this program that will be offered under Dove Support Ministry Inc. All are welcome to this faith based ministry that God has begun. It is faith based in that He will always be in the midst of decisions and next steps of the services we offer. Religion will not be pushed on the participant. The founder's faith and strength is in Christ but she realizes that others have their own strengths and beliefs. The importance of the service is to walk with peers giving hope for a future.
Pathways to Recovery Workbook used in the Pathways to HOPE is not a spiritual Biblical study but our spirituality will be a topic . It is open to those who have had a mental health symptoms, life struggle or life challenge. We will not explore our journey in Recovery. Recovery in any life struggle such as a death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, loss of identify, and mental health diagnosis. We will however not concentrate on a diagnosis, meds, or treatment. We will explore our inner strengths that will then guide us through to our journey to our dreams, visions, and life we want.
Reasons to attend the Pathways to HOPE group
1. you will create a step-by-step plan to guide you on the path of your recovery.
2. you will become more aware of your values, cultural resources, talents, hopes, commitments and aspirations.
3. you will determine what is important to you in many areas of your life
4. you will set long-term and short-term goals for your life-goals that truly reflect what is important to you.
5. You will plot a course to move toward the kind of life you want.
6. you will discover resources that you never knew were available to you which will help you reach your goals.
7. You will find ways to celebrate every step that moves you closer to the life you want.
8. You will find companionship and support from others as you attend the Pathways to Recovery( Pathways to HOPE) group sessions.
Ridgeway, P, McDiarmid, D., Davidson, L., Bayes, J., & Ratzlaff, S. (2002). Pathways to Recovery: A Strength Recovery Self-Help Workbook. Lawrence, KS: University of Kanas School of Social Welfare.