RU Recovery Ministries

We are a Faith-Based Recovery Program bringing transformation to hurting people & communities everywhere.

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

Mission

We are a Faith-Based Recovery Program bringing transformation to hurting people & communities everywhere.

Ruling year info

2001

CEO/Executive Director

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)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are reorganizing to be more focused on equipping our local partners to bring Recovery to their communities.

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

Our primary focus is on our local partners. RU serves as a bridge connecting the addicted to God’s Support Group the local church. We equip local churches and pastors to effectively reach the addicted in their communities with a proven faith-based recovery program that doesn’t just “sprinkle a little Jesus” in… we know Him, love His Word, and follow his plan for our lives.

We offer local groups that want to start a meeting for adults:

• Expansive Support System
• Realistic Results
• Life-Changing Curriculum
• 1-on-1 Mentoring & Relationship Building
• Peer Group Support
• Family Support
• A Complete Awards System

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Families

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

Proud Member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2022

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

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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

Charting impact

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

Become Debt Free
We are restructuring our organization to operate debt-free.

Complete and Launch our new App for Local Chapters
We are expecting a Beta Launch at the End of Q1 and to Launch this product by the end of Q2. This app is going to help our chapter better manage their students and provide better communication with the corporate office.
Simplification and Reorganization of the Product Line

We are streamlining our products to be easier for our students to know what they need and to help better equip our chapters.

Seek New Opportunities and New Partnerships
We are looking to partner and network with like-minded organizations to expand our influence.

To keep up with the latest from our organization visit rurecovery.com/updates

RU Recovery is passionate about training and equipping churches to effectively reach those
struggling with addiction (both inside and outside the church).

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.

We are becoming a debt-free organization this year.
We are publishing our first app this year that will be a tool for our local partners.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Pastors, Churches, Community Leaders, and Addicts.

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have become more focused on helping our local partners and building stronger chapters.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our local partners have become our main source of information to make necessary changes to the organization.

  • 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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 get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable 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 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Ramona Shultz

Midwest Glass Tinters

Term: 2022 - 2025

Barry Molencupp

Drive Right

Randall Grindinger

Keller Williams Realty Select

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 3/10/2022

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:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.