RU Recovery Ministries

Hope & Recovery For the Addicted

aka RU Recovery Ministries   |   Rockford, IL   |  rurecovery.com

Mission

RU is a biblically based, Christ-centered recovery program designed to rescue, recover, and restore those in addictive behaviors with the power of the victorious hidden life found only in Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

2001

International Director | General Ministry Advisor

Mr. Benjamin Burks

Director of Development | Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brad Woodbury

Main address

333 E State St Suite 201

Rockford, IL 61104 USA

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Formerly known as

Reformers Unanimous

RU Recovery Ministries

EIN

36-4404153

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Gambling (F54)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem that we hope to solve is the growing epidemic of addiction in both the United States and beyond.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RU Recovery Program for Adults

When Steve Curington started the RU ministry back in 1996, he began with a burden to help some of his friends in the area who had drug and alcohol addictions. Starting with just a handful of people, his custom was to spend most of the class time preaching to them. He saw some results with this method, but something happened one night that changed his perspective. He went down to the area rescue mission to invite some men to attend the class. One man said to another after being invited, “What is RU?” To this, the man responded, “Oh, that’s where people go to this class where this short redheaded guy screams at you for two hours.”

That weekend Steve Curington went to a resort with his wife. While at that resort, those words began to echo in his heart and mind. He walked out into a ravine where he saw many trees, some fallen, some leaning, and others standing. As he pondered the program that God was developing in his heart he asked this question, “If the trees could talk… What would they say?” From this time alone he realized that he needed to let them talk… out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, and by letting others talk we are able to see more clearly what they are facing and their perspective.

So from that came our current class format, broken up into three segments, known as TALK, TALK, TALK.

1st Talk

To start the class we encourage students to write down their prayer requests on prayer cards and turn them in. They then share verbal testimony of what God is doing in their lives. This is not the time for war stories, but a time to express the victories God is giving. This is a key opportunity for leaders to listen and learn the spiritual temperature of their students. But it is also a time for students to encourage one another and rejoice in what God is doing in their lives.

2nd Talk

During the next segment, we break up into small groups: men with men, and ladies with ladies. Here in these groups, they find accountability and the chance to bear one another burdens. We encourage them to be transparent and share struggles from their lives. To offer biblical solutions, the leader of these groups is trained to not only offer biblical answers but to encourage others in the group to offer support. They are encouraged to get involved in a solid biblical recovery curriculum in these groups as well. It’s exciting to watch the philosophies and burdens of students begin to change as they interact and look to the Bible for answers to their struggles.

3rd Talk

During the third segment of the class, we have a message from the Bible that is relevant to finding victory in Christ over sin issues the students are facing. The director of the program teaches from our ministries textbook, called Nevertheless I Live. Each week we see people challenge from God’s word and souls saved as they respond during the preaching time.

Fellowship Time

Following the class, we offer a fellowship time, which is a chance for leaders to interact with students and students with one another. One of the keys to finding victory is eliminating “old friends” and acquiring new ones.

Conclusion

The most successful programs that God has used to change the most lives have followed the formula known as TALK, TALK, TALK. We believe the key to victory is, first of all, to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. We must help them develop this relationship by talking to God and allowing God to “talk” to them. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The second key to maintaining victory in Christ is for them to develop a relationship with others around them. We do not know of a better place for them to discover these two relationships than the local New Testament church!

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Families

The RU Schools of Discipleship are a revolutionary faith based residential discipleship program developed from over a decade of experience working with hundreds of thousands of troubled people through RU local chapter classes. It is a program that uses a unique spiritual approach to develop lifelong stability. If you have tried everything else, and are looking for something that “just works” then this program is for you. Every part of our program is in place to transform a “non-functioning” person into a stable, successful member of society.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

RU Recovery Ministries Reaches the incarcerated in Jail & Prison

We offer a few different options for helping the incarcerated find freedom IN Christ. We offer a Correspondence Course using the curriculum of RU Inside. We also offer RU Inside as a class in many Prisons & Jails throughout the country.

OPTION ONE: Send a friend or loved one the RUInside Correspondence Course.

This course includes both a package for the incarcerated and a package for the sponsor or family of the incarcerated. It includes:

Overcomer Workbook – This book tells you how to begin your recovery by developing a personal relationship with God.
Phase 1 Workbook – This workbook explains how to have recovery without relapse, as well as how to deal with adversity.
Phase 2 Workbook – This workbook introduces the fruit of the Spirit, and how to experience true love, joy, and peace.
Phase 3 Workbook – This workbook explores the fruit of the Spirit in relationships, such as longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness.
Phase 4 Workbook – This workbook reveals the personal impact of fruit of the Spirit: faith, meekness, and temperance
Daily Recovery Journal – This journal is a tool to learn to communicate with God every day. 6 months is provided
“an effective way to experience Recovery without Relapse for someone who resides in an institution”

The incarcerated can complete this course and fill out the enclosed card and send it for a Completion Certificate.

OPTION TWO: Start a RUInside Chapter in a local Jail or Prison.

God designed the civil authority to be the external behavior modifier of intemperate individuals. However, He also designed His Spirit for internal behavior modification. The support of the local church is His solution for reducing recidivism in our communities. We do this by teaching them to obtain and nurture a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings will give them the tools to remain free from the addiction that incarcerated them. Our goal is to guide them toward law-abiding citizens when they return to their communities.

All of this can be accomplished if you will familiarize yourself with our Christ-centered, Bible-believing​, addictions program of RU Recovery Ministries. RUInside is a ministry of RU Recovery Ministries. It is designed to reach those who are bound spiritually to sin and physically in jails or prisons.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Substance abusers

RU Beyond is an initiative by RU Recovery Ministries to reach the international community with a faith-based addiction program that has seen great success in the United States. Our mission is to develop an ​international curriculum that is affordable and flexible enough to be used in various economic and sociological conditions throughout the world and to start chapters in Bible-believing churches to help them reach their communities.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Adults

RU Full Throttle is a weekly program that meets on Friday night just for teens. At Full Throttle, every message is designed to impact teenagers right where they live, dealing with the issues and struggles they face every day. We talk directly about what the teens are facing, and how the Bible has the answers to their problems.

Statistics tell us that teenagers and young adults are leaving the church in droves, frustrated by a religious system of traditions that do not address the issues they face and the lives they live. According to the Barna research group, one-third of teens say “church is boring”, and one-quarter say “faith is not relevant to my career or interests”. Sixty percent of teens who grew up attending church will leave it within two years of graduating high school, and by the time college graduation comes around the number rises to 80%.

Why?

We believe it is because even though the Bible has the answers to these young adults’ questions and struggles, Christians generally do a terrible job at engaging teenagers with those answers. We have the Power of the ages at our disposal; and yet, we present that to teens in a boring and unexciting way.

That’s why RU Full Throttle was created; to change the way teens are reached with the gospel. To show them just how exciting a life with Christ can be. The primary purpose of Full Throttle is to reach teenagers who have not grown up in a “church” setting and who do not have a relationship with Christ and to get your church teens involved in reaching them! We seek to introduce them to the Bible in a way that is attractive to them where they are. The purpose of Full Throttle is to help influence a generation to come to the knowledge of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and teach them to live according to the Bible’s principles. The program is designed to fit into a Friday night RU addiction recovery meeting ​but can be used independently as a resource for reaching teens.

Some of the areas we cover:

Peer Pressure
Dating
Family Relationships
Biblical Sexual Ethics
Drug and Alcohol Use
Self-Destructive Behavior
Life Choices
And more!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Kids Club Mission Statement

Kids Club can best be described as VBS every Friday night. A program filled with exciting activities, challenges, competition, and fun! Kids Club is designed to be a safe environment for the children of students attending the Friday night class. The purpose of Kids Club is to develop a child’s personal love relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is Kids Club?

There are four main purposes of the Friday Night RU Kids Club.

To provide a service to the local RU Chapter.
It provides a children’s ministry on Friday Night’s for the leaders and workers of the RU Ministry to send their children to so they can be free to work in this ministry
It provides a safe place for the children of students who attend on Friday Night to bring their children so that they can attend without any hindrance.
And then most importantly, Kids Club is a complete program to teach children from a young age how to have a personal walk and talk relationship with Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Google Veteran-Led Recognition 2019

Awards

Commendation 2018

Ohio State Legislator

Affiliations & memberships

Proud Member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2018

Proud Member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2019

Proud Member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2020

Proud Member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This is a number of unique users provided by Google Analytics. In 2016 we launched a brand new website on a new domain name rurecovery.com. Previously our website was reformu.com.

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

About a 15% return visitors rate on average according to Google Analytics

Number of periodicals distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These include blogs, articles, and updates from our program.

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This is based on referral traffic from other websites NOT counting email or social media referral links. In 2017 we filtered out spam traffic.

Number of website sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

For 2016: Number of Sessions per User 1.76 - Pages/Session 7.89 - Avg. Session Duration 00:03:45 For 2017: Number of Sessions per User 1.57 - Pages/Session 4.71 - Avg. Session Duration 00:03:04

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We have refined much of our content making the website fewer pages which could attribute to lower page views.

Number of different periodicals published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our Weekly Blog, as well as a weekly report to our local partners. We also publish Press Releases a Newsletter and Quarterly Report.

Number of new website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Average of 80% of our users are new according to Google Analytics.

Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers

Related Program

RU Recovery Program for Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

OUR GOALS

Involve active members of our communities (government, judicial, religious, business, and community leaders) in a joint effort to support addicts and their families.

Influence community leaders and government officials by providing resources and offering solutions that result in legislation and public action.

Inspire through grassroots efforts, that hope and recovery are possible for every American.

Faith-Based Recovery For America® is asking to be a part of the solution for fighting the opioid epidemic in our nation.

Faith-Based Recovery For America® is an initiative formed by RU Recovery Ministries. Its mission is to bring together the faith-based community with local, state, and federal government to form solutions to the addiction crisis that is plaguing our nation.

OUR EXPERIENCE
20+ years experience helping the addicted
2,000+ chapters started
Started local chapters in all 50 states and 33 foreign countries
50,000 current clients worldwide
Recent success responding to the national addiction crisis in the Philippines by assisting Filipino communities to launch 800+ chapters in 15 months.

ADVANTAGES OF FAITH-BASED RECOVERY PROGRAMS
Faith-Based Programs already exist and have years of infrastructure already in place to deal with the National Public Health Emergency.
Faith-Based Programs are proven economically responsible.
Faith-Based Programs are community-based.

OUR EXPERIENCE
20+ years experience helping the addicted
2,000+ chapters started
Started local chapters in all 50 states and 33 foreign countries
50,000 current clients worldwide
Recent success responding to the national addiction crisis in the Philippines by assisting Filipino communities to launch 800+ chapters in 15 months.

One of the hardest hit states in this opioid epidemic has been the state of Ohio. In 2016, drug overdoses caused the deaths of 4,050 Ohio residents (ODH). Faith-Based Recovery For America™ recently held a rally on the steps of the state capitol in Columbus, OH to bring awareness to the plague of addiction and to offer solutions to this national crisis.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, Surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, Make Organizational Decisions, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Internally and with the Board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, Getting people to give us feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RU Recovery Ministries

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Paul Kingsbury

RU Recovery Ministries

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Mark Huebner

Pacific Bearing Corporation

Term: 2018 -

Paul Kingsbury

RU Recovery Ministries

Barry Molencupp

Drive Right

Mark Huebner

Pacific Bearing Corporation

Randall Grindinger

Keller Williams Realty Select

Dr. George Crabb

Millennium Physician Group

Cliff Westerlund

Aerospace Engineer

Ramona Schultz

Midwest Glass Tinters

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/12/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/12/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.