Racheal's Rest

aka Crossroads Center For Christian Ministries Inc   |   Woodstock, GA   |  http://rachealsrest.org/

Mission

Racheal's Rest, a 501c3 nonprofit division of Crossroads Center for Christian Ministries Inc. provides five-day restorative retreat programs, counseling and mobile family workshops designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors who have been traumatized by sexual abuse or acts of violence. At our retreats, victims of abuse from all over the country can attend Racheal's Rest to help them find their inner healing.

Racheal's Rest is engaged in programs that are non-sectarian and benefit a broad base of the community. We welcome "all walks of life".

Racheal's Rest has retreat center in North Georgia. We have the potential of helping 6-8 ladies/children per week, 50 weeks per year. This is a minimum total of 300 people per year. Over a period of 10 years, it could change 3,000 lives and that many families. For the next generation, that is multiplied many times over.

All Racheal's Rest retreats are lead by Dr. Karen McDonald with the aid of other qualified counselors and volunteers. Dr. Karen McDonald is the President of Racheal's Rest and holds a Ph.D in Christian Counseling. She is also Board Certified by the National Center For Crisis Management in Sexual Abuse and in Domestic Violence. As a survivor of severe abuse who personally had to do the work of recovery, she is uniquely qualified to offer techniques of healing to others. Dr. McDonald's style is low-key and compassionate. In a world that is quick to judge, she offers understanding and practical recovery techniques. Our volunteers vary with availability, but each one has passed a criminal background check and has extensive experience working with children and adults.

Connection with other survivors of sexual abuse is a vital component of healing. Racheal's Rest retreats provide survivors with a safe, supportive environment in which to start or continue their journey to emotional health. Each day is structured to include two hours of group time in the morning and two hours in the evening. Time for individual counseling is reserved as needed. For the children's groups, each child attends with a non-offending female relative or other support person. There are two counselors available with the children's groups as well as two volunteers.

EDUCATION: A huge part of Racheal's Rest is helping the participants understand how their past has influenced their current reality and how it will impact their future if they let it. One of our slogans is "We create the reality we THINK we deserve". Changing the message of shame is vital to healing. Two hours of group therapy each morning covers the major areas of damage for survivors. These include but are not limited to:
1. The inability to trust appropriately and how that affects relationships
2. Fears and phobias
3. Spiritual confusion
4. Shame, anger, and guilt
5. Depression and anxiety
6. Other Symptoms of Abuse
7. How to Deal with the Family of Origin
8. Parenting Struggles
9. Sexual or Intimacy Issues

PLAY: One of the greatest needs some survivors have is the need to learn to play, to relax and to take time to care for themselves. Therefore, a huge component of our program is recreational therapy. While it may look like a vacation to some, it is actually work for a lot of participants. Some were never allowed to play, others feel guilty if they are not doing something productive, and still others are so overwhelmed with responsibility and obligations that they don't or can't take time for themselves.

CONFIDENCE BUILDING: When people grow up without love and safety, they learn the world is not a safe place. In an effort to counteract the danger around them, they become overly cautious of getting hurt. This limits their willingness to try new things and to find their own voice. Many adults have never learned to ride a bike or swim. One of our tried and true methods from past retreats for adults is to walk over an unused but safe and sturdy railroad trestle over the Toccoa River in North Georgia. It restores a sense of balance to their whole person as they conquer fear and have a sense of accomplishment. Children have the opportunity to learn to swim, ride a bike or fish or do a variety of things they may not have had the opportunity or confidence to do.

RELAXATION: The role of water at Racheal's Rest is a MUST! Water is meant to be soothing, but for many survivors it is frightening instead. Many never felt safe, even in the womb, our first water experience. Currently, retreats are held near the Sandy Bottom Canoe Launch area in Blue Ridge, Georgia because it is very shallow and accessible at the river's edge. Those who are terrified of water can sit on lawn chairs at the edge and not feel threatened by the rushing water. Others who are more adventuresome can tube down the river or climb on the rocks. Still others may want to fish. Survivors learn from and are encouraged by other survivors.

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THE STORY BEHIND RACHEAL'S REST

Racheal was 17 and the youngest member ever to join Dr. Karen McDonald's women's group. She introduced herself by explaining that her parents misspelled her name. Karen tried to be encouraging by pointing out that the last part of her name spells "HEAL". She responded "That's true. But the middle of my name spells "ACHE".

Just as all survivors do, Racheal did ache in ways most people can never understand. The long lasting consequences of abuse may never be fully conquered. "I just wish I could rest", was Racheal's constant refrain. She loved our retreats and said that was the only place she found a respite from her spinning thoughts and sleepless nights. Karen promised Racheal that when she was able, she would build a place where survivors could come together to share their stories and find strength in each other.

Racheal died in December of 2010 from a complication from anorexia. She was 26 years old. Racheal's Rest was formed to honor her memory and her struggle. Racheal has gone to her final rest where her struggles are ended but for millions of others, the battle goes on. Here we support their courage and determination and provide strength for the journey.

Sexual abuse is a highly complex issue, with many ramifications, and counseling requires highly specialized skills and insight to optimize recovery. Connection with other survivors is a vital component of healing from sexual abuse. Racheal's Rest provides a safe and supportive enviroment designed to help participants regain a sense of balance in their lives and find inner healing. Racheal's Rest is engaged in programs that are non-sectarian and benefit a broad base of the community. We welcome "all walks of life". We currently hold retreats in the North Georgia area.

Ruling year info

2001

President and Founder

Dr. Karen McDonald

Executive Director

Ms. Shelley L Hill

Main address

PO Box 1023

Woodstock, GA 30188 USA

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EIN

35-2453303

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Racheal's Rest retreat and counseling for survivors of sexual abuse or acts of violence

Racheal's Rest is engaged in programs that are non-sectarian and benefit a broad base of the community. We welcome "all walks of life". Abuse hurts everyone. It not only hurts the primary victim, but the secondary and terciary as well. The consequences do not end when the abuse stops. The effects go on for generations. Meeting the needs of hurting people will not only help them individually, but will strengthen their families, give their own children a better start in life and in turn will benefit all of society.

When operating funds are available, Racheal's Rest has the potential of helping 6-8 ladies/children per week, 50 weeks per year. This is a minimum total of 300 people per year. Over a period of 10 years, it could change 3,000 lives and that many families. For the next generation, that is multiplied many times over. Abuse hurts everyone. It not only hurts the primary victim, but the secondary and terciary as well. The consequences do not end when the abuse stops. The effects go on for generations. Meeting the needs of hurting people will not only help them individually, but will strengthen their families, give their own children a better start in life and in turn will benefit all of society.

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Racheal's Rest has retreat center in North Georgia. We have the potential of helping 6-8 ladies/children per week, 50 weeks per year. This is a minimum total of 300 people per year. Over a period of 10 years, it could change 3,000 lives and that many families. For the next generation, that is multiplied many times over.

Racheal's Rest is engaged in programs that are non-sectarian and benefit a broad base of the community. We welcome "all walks of life". We attempt to NEVER turn anyone away due to lack of funds for our retreats. We would like to have a "healthy" retreat scholarship fund. It costs and average of $1200 per participant and $1500 per child and non-offending female parent/guardian.

Dr. Karen McDonald currently leads all retreats in North Georgia and provides group and private counseling at her private practice in Kennesaw, GA. Dr. Karen is a board-certified Christian Counselor through the Georgia Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors and Therapists. She is also a trauma specialist and sees adult, teen and child clients ages 3 and up. Karen grew up with domestic violence and sexual abuse on a daily basis. She survived and developed a passion for helping others find restoration from abuse. Because she has struggled through her own journey of recovery, she knows how much courage and determination it takes to overcome the fears, shame and guilt, spiritual confusion, relationship issues, and parenting difficulties survivors face. Furthermore, she has wisdom, training and skills to pass along techniques to those who are ready to change their lives.

Connection with other survivors of sexual abuse is a vital component of healing. Racheal's Rest retreats provide survivors with a safe, supportive environment in which to start or continue their journey to emotional health.

EDUCATION: A large part of Racheal's Rest is helping the participants understand how their past has influenced their current reality and how it will impact their future if they let it. Changing the message of shame is vital to healing.

PLAY: One of the greatest needs some survivors have is the need to learn to play, to relax and to take time to care for themselves. Therefore, a huge component of our program is recreational therapy. While it may look like a vacation to some, it is actually work for a lot of participants. Some were never allowed to play, others feel guilty if they are not doing something productive, and still others are so overwhelmed with responsibility and obligations that they don't or can't take time for themselves.

CONFIDENCE BUILDING: When people grow up without love and safety, they learn the world is not a safe place. In an effort to counteract the danger around them, they become overly cautious of getting hurt. This limits their willingness to try new things and to find their own voice. Many adults have never learned to ride a bike or swim. One of our tried and true methods from past retreats for adults is to walk over an unused but safe and sturdy railroad trestle over the Toccoa River in North Georgia. It restores a sense of balance to their whole person as they conquer fear and have a sense of accomplishment.

RELAXATION: The role of water at Racheal's Rest is a MUST! Water is meant to be soothing, but for many survivors it is frightening instead. Many never felt safe, even in the womb, our first water experience. Currently, retreats are held near the Sandy Bottom Canoe Launch area in Blue Ridge, Georgia, because it is very shallow and accessible at the river's edge. Those who are terrified of water can sit on lawn chairs at the edge and not feel threatened by the rushing water. Others who are more adventuresome can tube down the river or climb on the rocks. Survivors learn from, and are encouraged by, other survivors.

BODY IMAGE: Many survivors have a distorted view of themselves. Being “clumsy" or “accident prone" describes many survivors who are not in touch with their physical bodies. With children, we use group games and individual activities that help them connect with themselves.

We have helped a countless number of women and children and will continue to do so with a little help from our current and NEW partners! Thank you for your consideration!

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can't return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water."

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I'm afraid you won't really be able to make much of a difference."

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!"

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Racheal's Rest

Board of directors
as of 07/08/2019
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Board co-chair

Dr. Karen McDonald

Racheal's Rest - Crossroads Center

Term: 2001 - 2016


Board co-chair

Ms. Carrie Robinson Hyzdu

Business Development

Term: 2014 - 2018

Nancy Rietman

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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes