Shalam Ministries Ltd

Meeting the needs of those effected by trauma, drawing them closer to God.

aka Hero's Rest (herosrest.org)   |   Saint Charles, IL   |  www.shalam.org

Mission

Mission: Meeting the needs of the traumatized, drawing them closer to God. Vision: Building a sanctuary of rest, where all are drawn to Christ. Hero's Rest Goal: Establish the first U.S. retreat center dedicated to first responders, military personnel, and their families, where we will serve them through gifted stays of rest and engagement with nature in a private setting.

Notes from the nonprofit

Whether you are interested in helping the traumatized or in helping those first on the scene of trauma (first responders), we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at [email protected]

Ruling year info

2016

President/Founder

Rev. Ryan Hatch

Main address

2600 Oak Street Unit 462

Saint Charles, IL 60174 USA

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Formerly known as

Shalam Ministries

EIN

81-3262315

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a gap in care for trauma survivors. To begin counseling and then to continue striving for emotional and mental health, survivors need counseling. But they also need more than what a single counselor can give. They need a community of support. Our clients are ready to receive help, they just don't know where to turn to get it. While they may meet with a counselor once a week, they need a supplemental community to encourage and support them in between sessions. Those who have a greater community are more likely to stay in counseling and continue to pursue healing. Our goal is to expand into addressing another problem, helping those who fight trauma, avoid burnout. First responders and military encounter trauma frequently, deal with high levels of stress, and therefore run the risk of reaching burnout quickly. This is a major problem for our nation's heroes, and could effect those they serve. By creating a retreat center designed for them, we aim to address this problem.

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?

Trauma Support Program

Serves and supports the survivors of severe trauma, such as parents who have lost a child, adult survivors of child abuse, and victims of sexual and domestic abuse. Utilizing in-person and electronic communication allows us to help clients locally, nationally, and around the world. There is a gap in care for trauma survivors. To begin counseling and then to continue striving for emotional and mental health, survivors need more than a single counselor. They need a community of support. Shalam Ministries' Trauma Support Program is filling this gap in a specialized way for survivors of severe trauma. Started in 2013, Shalam Ministries' trauma support program provides a community of support for survivors that encourages, guides, and celebrates them. We engage in crisis intervention, host mile-stone celebrations, provide resource education, and offer ongoing support. Shalam Ministries' trauma support staff provides encouragement and guidance through the healing process and emotional and physical assistance to make healthy decisions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To meet the needs for rest and recovery that first responders and military personnel face, Shalam Ministries, Ltd. presents Hero’s Rest; a place to serve our nation’s heroes (firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, military etc.) through camping retreats and healing engagement with the outdoors. Without ways to rest and recover from the trauma they regularly encounter in their work, they are at risk for major adverse effects, including burnout, addiction, and potentially suicide. We have found no retreat centers or places for rest specifically for first responders and their unique needs. Therefore, Shalam Ministries has developed Hero’s Rest, private camping retreats for first responders, military, and their families. These regular retreats will provide preventative mental wellness care, helping them to stay active at work longer and be more effective in their jobs – reflected in improved personal and professional decision-making and greater job (and overall life) satisfaction. In summer of 2020 we completed a successful Development Campaign and acquired 56 acres in the Missouri Ozarks. Hero's Rest is now in it's construction phase and plans to open for guests in 2021/2022. Every person in the United States needs the services of first responders and all of us benefit from the sacrifices that they make. Shalam Ministries will honor these heroes for their service at Hero’s Rest retreat center - giving them the honor they deserve and the support they need to continue to serve with excellence. Learn more at www.herosrest.org

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Families

Where we work

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 new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

Adults, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Trauma Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric dropped in 2019 as Shalam Ministries had less referrals, increased work with ongoing clients, and worked on development for a new program - Hero's Rest.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

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

Adults, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Trauma Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Referred because a. their needs are beyond what we can provide or b. we believe they will benefit from multiple services. All clients are encouraged to get into counseling.

Hours of mentoring

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

Adults, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Trauma Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Adults, Victims of crime and abuse, Veterans, Military personnel, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We aim to mitigate the effects of trauma in the world, in the lives of trauma survivors and in the lives of those first on the scene of trauma (first responders).

The current goal is for the ministry to expand, establishing an outdoor retreat center for first responders, military, and their families called Hero's Rest. This retreat center will use the documented benefits of outdoor therapy as well as provide the privacy and security first responders need. Hero's Rest will be built on fifty-six acres of land in the Missouri Ozarks with the purpose of providing retreats of rest and relaxation in a natural, rugged, outdoor setting. Features of Hero's Rest will include fishing and camping opportunities, hiking trails, target practice, bushcraft studies, land stewardship, wildlife viewing, and other hands-on activities.

In addition to the therapeutic benefits of the retreat center, Hero's Rest will offer privacy, an element that is difficult to find at public campgrounds, lodges, or forest preserves, and difficult to afford elsewhere. On-site staff will provide the option to engage with community, should that be desired. All retreat stays will be donated. Recipients who are able will be given an opportunity to pay-it-forward.

Our goal is to provide a space designed to help with the specific struggles first responders are known to face when attempting to take a break from their work. We believe a space that is secluded, designed for rest, and yet also allows for physical exertion will allow for optimal rest for these guests; rest which will help them to continue to serve with excellence. Shalam has acquired land for Hero's Rest in the Missouri Ozarks! We are centrally located with easy access to many cities including St. Louis, Memphis, Kansas City, Witchita, Springfield, Joplin, and Tulsa, with international access through those airports! We are even within a day's drive of Chicago, IL! We are in the construction phase now and aim to open in 2021. Please join us at herosrest.org.

Our Trauma Support Program's focus is to counter the devastating effects of trauma by providing the community of support that trauma survivors need. We make this community available to our clients at no cost to them. Our trauma support program has been running for over seven years and has served over 375 beneficiaries.

Our Trauma Support Program uses two methods:
1. Encouragement through the healing process
2. Assistance to make healthy decisions

We aim to see more trauma survivors get the help they need, reach their healing goals, and eventually contribute to or build their own healthy communities. Learn more at shalam.org.

*“Shalam" means restoration unto completion. Jesus provides true healing and restoration to our deepest hurts. “Shalam" is the Hebrew word used in Joel 2:25 for restore… when God promises to “restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten." We offer the hope and restoration of Christ to everyone we serve.

To provide restful retreats for first responders, military, and their families, Shalam Ministries is constructing Hero's Rest in the Missouri Ozarks and is set to open phase one of Hero's Rest in 2021. Phase one will include six camping areas (from glamorous camping to rugged/survivalist camping), outdoor activities (fishing, hiking, bushcraft, etc.), an office, staff housing, and an on-site workshop. Phase one will allow us to start serving first responders and to gather data to refine and expand the Hero's Rest program. To join us in providing restful retrats to first responders, military, and their families, visit herosrest.org.

Our trauma support community program provides a support team for survivors that encourages, guides, and celebrates them through in-person meetings, phone contacts, and Skype through crisis intervention, ongoing support, and mile-stone celebrations.

One devastating effect of surviving severe trauma is isolation. Few people can handle hearing about the anguish our clients have endured. Shalam Ministries fights against the isolation that results from trauma survivors being unable to share their story. We have trained support staff that are able to hear the worst without becoming overwhelmed. Listening to their story is the first step to bringing hope to the darkest scenarios, and begins the process of helping the client begin their healing journey.

We meet with each client individually and help them evaluate and acquire what they need for recovery. By providing a one-on-one support network that utilizes both phone and online video support sessions, we can reach survivors locally and around the world. We have shown survivors that reaching out can result in a safe connection. Our support sessions are less threatening than group sessions. Our support staff are themselves trauma survivors and can relate to and share with clients in a meaningful way. Additionally, once the survivor is ready to reach out to larger support groups or therapists, we provide a safety net - increasing the chances of the survivor staying engaged in the healing process in both community and one-on-one settings.

Shalam Ministries currently provides encouragement and guidance through the healing process and emotional and physical assistance to make healthy decisions. If they are not already in counseling, we encourage our clients to begin counseling and will help them find a counselor. We offer in person trauma support and over the phone support (often in the middle of the night and sometimes over many hours), on an ongoing as well as an as-needed basis. This extra support helps many of our clients continue to go to counseling as well as make other healthy decisions.

Shalam Ministries was founded seven years ago by Moody Bible Institute graduates, Rev. Ryan Hatch, his wife Cheryl Hatch, and Carissa Remillard, who now make up our trauma support staff. They have been mentored in trauma recovery, are years into their own personal healing journeys, and continue to expand their knowledge of trauma and recovery through hundreds of hours of research and education.

With this small, three-person, full-time staff, Shalam Ministries has served thousands of service hours to over 350 clients. As stated above, our support staff are themselves trauma survivors and can relate and share with clients in a meaningful way. Each staff member brings an impressive set of skills that will aid in the success of Shalam Ministries and of Hero's Rest.

Ryan Hatch was raised on family land where he learned both the benefits of community and homesteading. His father built their family home, his uncle is an arborist, the whole family grew their own food, and Ryan is an avid learner. As a result, he is highly skilled in carpentry, land and forestry management, project management, sustainable living, gardening, and conservation. Having grown up on 7+ acres in northern IL farmland, he has an innate understanding of this geographic region. Ryan is also a visionary and an artist with an eye for design. He designs and builds live-edge furniture. He led renovations of a 1920's church, making the space less visually chaotic, to better serve the street youth who attended. For over a decade, Ryan has supported trauma survivors as they walk through their darkest struggles. He is highly adept at crisis-intervention.

Cheryl Hatch is a joyful peacemaker who shares the beauty and love of Christ with a hurting world. She spent fifteen months in Romania caring for abandoned babies and ministering to at risk mothers. Cheryl spearheads the trauma support program, helping women out of domestic abuse, familial abuse, sexual abuse, and more. She is eager to extend serve first responders and their families at Hero's Rest. Cheryl is instrumental in many administrative tasks such as accounting, web design, correspondence, and marketing. She is an accomplished musician and is experienced in caring for and training horses and hopes to use those skills in trauma therapy someday.

Carissa Remillard is a passionate minister of the Gospel and of the reality of the believer's union with Christ. While living in a church she also ministered at, she saw the need for in-depth counseling and healing for those at the edge of society, as well as rest for those who fight trauma. Carissa Remillard has been building her gardening skills for the past 3 years. During that time, she has learned how to plan, plant, structure, tend, and harvest a garden. She has seen the healing benefits of learning a new skill and of growing things. She hopes to share these skills with Hero's Rest guests. Carissa also works on the administrative tasks needed for Shalam Ministries to run smoothly.

Over the last seven years, Shalam Ministries has served and supported hundreds of victims of severe trauma – parents suffering the loss of a child, sexual and domestic abuse victims, adults facing the painful results of being abused as a child, and some recovering from being lured into a cult. Shalam Ministries has served over 350 clients since its inception. In 2016 alone, Shalam Ministries provided over 5,000 service hours to 103 clients, helping them get into counseling and offering support that encouraged them to “stay the course" in their healing.

Some examples of clients Shalam Ministries (SM) has served (some details changed to protect client privacy):

1. A widow serving in a foreign context struggled with panic attacks. – A colleague referred her to SM. Staff helped her find a counselor and provided crisis phone support, getting her through her worst panic attacks. She grew in her confidence and decisiveness. When she found out that a coworker was abusing children, she quickly called the police and oversaw the situation to its conclusion.

2. A man abused as a child began to realize that his childhood trauma was affecting his current relationships. – SM staff met many times with the man to talk about his childhood. Each time the staff confirmed that certain elements of his childhood were not normal and expressed sorrow over the abuse suffered. SM staff discussed the benefits of counseling and talked through why this route could be helpful. The staff offered continuous phone consultation and assistance in finding a good counselor.

3. A woman and her child escaped from a life-threatening, domestic abuse situation. They could afford a place to live, but were sleeping on the floor. They lacked basic furniture and utensils. – SM hosted a furniture drive which fully furnished the woman's home, supplied her with dishes and cooking utensils, and gave her child 20 new gift-wrapped toys. Since most of the furniture was used, a SM staff member with carpentry skills refurbished and restored the items before delivering them. SM staff had the opportunity to share the gospel with the client when delivering the furniture. They offered continued support through regular phone and in person meetings.

Shalam Ministries has operated on a “shoe string" grassroots budget and yet has managed to balance its budget every year since its founding. We have grown by $10,000+ annually and our 2017 year-end fundraiser was 3x larger than any prior campaigns. At the same time, the organization is facing the challenges of an expanding list of clients that will soon overcome its “as is" financial ability to serve more people in need. The next steps are to 1) expand our Board of Directors and 2)launch the Hero's Rest Retreat center. A larger board with an increased skill set will help Shalam Ministries grow beyond being a "grassroots" organization. Hero's Rest will allow us to serve more clients through restful retreats and will be our base of operations.

Financials

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Shalam Ministries Ltd

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev Ryan Hatch

Shalam Ministries, Ltd.

Term: 2019 - 2022

Timothy Krug

Moody Bible Institute

Maggie Caudell

Light On Ministries

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 ? 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? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2021,

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