2019 At A Glance …

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One year can make such a difference, and 2019 has been no exception. We feel so blessed to see the difference and impact this year has made in the lives of those we serve, as we have walked alongside so many women, children, and families throughout the different programs offered by Families Free. 

We would like to share a few highlights from this past year:

Because of the generous support and outpouring of the community, we were able to open the Storie House! The Storie House has provided a home for seven women and one child since April 2019.

Of the five women who live in the Storie House at present, we have one baby on the way, and the mothers have a combined total of 10 children. While their children are not currently living in the home, our mothers are actively benefiting from all the opportunities that Storie House has to offer by actively rebuilding relationships with their children. 

Women’s Services: There are 38 women who are currently enrolled in our Women’s Services groups and 81 women are in our jail classes. In the past year, we have served 136 women through utilizing trauma-informed care, intensive outpatient treatment groups, recovery skills groups, and intensive case management via our Women’s Services. In 2019, we have provided Moral Reconation Therapy for 200 women in our jail classes. MRT® is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral counseling program for substance abuse treatment and the criminal justice offender populations.

First Judicial District Felony Recovery Court: We have served 25 people this past year through evidenced-based, holistic treatment designed for individuals involved with the criminal justice system rooted in substance use. 25 people are currently enrolled in services and 21 actively engaged in the program.

Family Centered Services: We have received 302 combined referrals for Nurturing Parenting, A&D (Alcohol and Drug) assessments, Parenting Education, Homemaker, and Treatment Services.

23 were A&D assessments and 64 families combined for Parenting Education, Homemaker, and Treatment. 178 families were assessed for the Nurturing Parenting Program. Approximately 343 adults and approximately 657 children were served in the past year.  

Woven: This past year we have served 70 mothers in the Woven program through case management, parenting guidance, and recovery support. We have 24 women currently enrolled.

Families Thrive: In 2019, we have served or engaged over 100 families in the NICU at Niswonger Children’s Hospital through group services or individual support.

#LoveRestores

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A Visit To The Johnson City Detention Center

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On December 20, 2018, Families Free Executive Director Lisa Tipton, Clinical Director Robin Ledford, and our Director of Women’s Services Judy Clark visited with the inmates at the Johnson City Detention Center to hand-deliver Christmas care packages. With the help of Jail Administrator Amy Clark and correctional officers, we were able to provide a bag filled with toiletries, a snack cake, and a devotional for each inmate. Knowing that these women would be spending the holidays away from family, this opportunity was incredibly special and moving for our senior staff. We felt blessed to spend time with each and every person we spoke to that evening.

As part of our program specifically designed for incarcerated women, we utilize Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®). MRT is an effective systematic, cognitive-behavioral approach that treats a wide range of issues, including substance abuse, for persons involved in the criminal justice system. MRT has proven success in reducing recidivism, increasing offenders’ moral reasoning, decreasing dropout rates, increasing life purpose, and reducing antisocial thinking and behavior. To date we have had 40 inmates complete MRT since its inception at the Johnson City Detention Center, with 12 more in the process of completing the 16 weeks (minimum) needed to graduate from the class.

Through MRT, inmates begin to believe change is possible and take the first steps in addressing their core issues, learn the concepts of criminal and addictive thinking, and begin to plan the concrete supports necessary for their success post-release.

At the heart of recovery is love. The love that drives our team to give their time to our clients long after the office has closed for the day, the love that clients must find inside themselves in order to heal and succeed, and the love from a community who supports our work. We are thankful for the opportunity to continue to love, guide, and build up our clients in the new year and in return witness the palpable social changes throughout the region. #LoveRestores

MeredithA Visit To The Johnson City Detention Center
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