ABORTION RECOVERY ALABAMA

aka Scarlet2White   |   Vestavia, AL   |  abortionrecoveryalabama.org

Mission

To provide free, confidential, non-judgmental abortion recovery programs.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Cindy Harless

Assistant Director

Faye Gothard

Main address

1929 Canyon Rd.

Vestavia, AL 35216 USA

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EIN

46-0793683

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Single Organization Support (W11)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in four women in the US have had an abortion. After an abortion, many have unexpected feelings of regret, guilt, shame, and depression, Our small group abortion recovery program is facilitated by those who have had an abortion. The facilitators have all been through the abortion recovery program themselves and relate to those who are struggling emotionally and spiritually. Most who have had an abortion feel uncomfortable telling others about their experience. They find themselves striving to prove they are good parents or they are a good person. They grieve the loss of their children, but keep the feeling bottled up inside, feeling they are alone in their grief. Some think bad things will happen to them because of their abortion; some have engaged in self-punishing attitudes, behavior, or addictions since their abortion. They sometimes avoid situations that might remind them of their abortion or avoid children who would be the same age as their aborted child.

Our programs

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

Scarlet2White

Free, caring, confidential, non-judgmental small group Bible studies using Forgiven and Set Free, A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Women by Linda Cochrane and Healing a Father's Heart: Af Post-Abortion Bible Study for Men by Linda Cochrane and Kathy Jones

Population(s) Served

Our ministry is to help facilitate God's healing touch in your life, if you have an abortion experience. Small Group Bible studies are an essential part of the healing process as they provide a place where deeper fellowship and better support for one another can take place.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our organization would like to see abortion recovery small groups available to everyone who has had an abortion and would like emotional and spiritual help. Small groups break isolation and reduce shame, provide encouragement from group members, promotes accountability, allows "tailgating" on others' stories to help recall long-buried details and memories, offers an understanding community for grieving, and enhances personal and spiritual growth. Some come into the class just weeks after an abortion and some come as long as 40 years after. Whatever the case maybe, they are not alone in their feelings. They may be forgiven by God, but they can't seem to forgive themselves. There is a difference between forgiveness and healing. We offer a program that will help them achieve the healing and peace they desire.

Abortion Recovery Alabama (ARA) offers seven Bible studies in central Alabama, trains facilitators, and seeks to plant new small groups in areas where there are no abortion recovery programs. ARA is a statewide organization. Along with using the materials written by Linda Cochran, the small group facilitators use the Facilitating Biblical Healing Manual from Abortion Recovery Assistance, a ministry of Piedmont Women's Center in Greenville, SC, written by Judy Cooter, Carolyn Rice, and Jeannie Stoner. The ARA program has expanded to include the Five Love Languages and other Biblical peer-counseling techniques and resources.

Abortion Recovery Alabama uses staff and volunteers to facilitate Forgiven and Set Free: A Post Abortion Bible Study for Women by Linda Cochran and Healing a Father's Heart: A Post Abortion Bible Study for Men by Linda Cochran and Kathy Jones in churches, pregnancy care centers, and other available locations. All facilitators have been through the program and have been certified to facilitate.

Since beginning this intense Bible study, we have increased the small group locations from one a year to seven offerings twice a year in central Alabama. We train new facilitators for our ministry and train volunteers at pregnancy care centers. We have opened an office and have gone from one volunteer staff person to an Executive Director and Assistant Director. We counsel by phone and email. Everyone who gives us permission to contact them receives phone calls, texts and emails for immediate help and to encourage them to go through the Bible study.

The classes are offered in the spring and fall of every year. ARA Bible studies incorporate the Five Love Languages including a small gift each week, Scripture Memory, a meal, and weekly personal encouragement scriptures to use after study (if there are recurring memories). Each individual is loved and pampered during the twelve-week study. With the inclusion of administration, it costs approximately $200 per participant. We offer seven classes with a maximum of four participants in each class giving us a need for $5,600 per semester or $11,200 per year.

We also would love to offer a training for Pregnancy Care Center's at a Birmingham location and/or go to Pregnancy Care Centers in counties without abortion recovery programs. Presently, we offer three-day facilitator trainings, going to the pregnancy center and providing all the materials they need both in hard copy form and electronically. Unfortunately, many PCC’s with limited budgets do not have the financial resources to bring us to their area. A three-day training for four facilitators in an additional location, including travel expenses, rental of training facility, all training manuals, books, etc. would cost the ministry approximately $3,500. After the training, we offer ongoing accountability and resources. We would also like to offer materials (gifts, decorations, etc.) as needed.

Our ministry is one of the best kept secrets! There are over 500,000 women in Alabama who have had an abortion and with every woman there is a man who may be experiencing the effects of abortion. Advertising is another big need and a professional film director has offered to write and produce a TV quality commercial for $5,000. After the commercial is completed, our next step would be to purchase air time on TV stations, another $5,000. Radio advertising has proven fruitful in the past and we would love to run radio spots on different stations. The cost would run approximately $5,000, depending on the radio station and the number of spots.

The annual Facilitator’s Retreat costs have increased because we lost a great place to rent for the weekend. The increase in price caused us to cancel this year’s retreat/training. The increase in price caused us to cancel this year’s retreat/training. With the increase the new cost would be $1,650.

Financials

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ABORTION RECOVERY ALABAMA

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Fred McDuff

AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company


Board co-chair

Mrs. Sharon Smith

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Linda Richey

DiPiazza, LaRocca, Heeter & Co., LLC

Ken Murphy

American Cast Iron Pipe Company and ACIPCO

Matt Fridy

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt law firm

Denise Wilkes

Shelby County Schools, Alabama

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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? No