Sanctuary is a wholistic, healing ministry that provides safe, healthy, and nurturing environments
for women seeking to grow healthy beliefs, boundaries and relationship skills.
Participants are welcomed into loving home-based ministries,
provided premium healing spiritual and material food, introduced to naturally healing therapies,
encouraged to practice a craft, and shown how to develop a sustainable business and livelihood.
The mission is to love women, facilitate their natural healing, watch them bloom,
and celebrate their radiant restoration.
WHY - Dare to Care
Mental Illness (Internalized Hatred)
Recent studies show that more and more women are developing mental illnesses, relying on psychotropic medications, and attempting to harm or kill themselves.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34 and overall suicide rates have increased 31% since 2001. National Alliance on Mental Illness
From 2005 to 2015, depression rose significantly and suicide attempts increased, especially among young women. Cambridge Journal of Psychological Medicine
About 1 in 6 Americans take at least one psychiatric drug over the course of a year, over 80% report long-term use, and women take twice as much as men.
JAMA Internal Medicine
Within Virginia, Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses; an estimated 11% of high school students have a diagnosable eating disorder and between 19-30% of college-age women display bulimic behavior.
Eating Disorders in the Commonwealth, Joint Commission
Domestic Violence (Externalized Hatred)
Recent studies show that more and more men are stalking, physically, emotionally and sexually abusing, and attempting to harm or kill women.
In the United States, 1 in 4 women will experience severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Empowerhouse
The majority of intimate partner homicides involve physical battering before the murder.
Domestic and Sexual Violence in Virginia, 2018
A woman is 70x more likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving an abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay or return to abusive relationships is because they lack the financial resources to make it on their own.
Hope, Domestic Violence Homicide Help
Domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness among families.
National Coalition for Homelessness
“Over 50% of women who live with a mental illness have previously experienced some sort of trauma such as physical or sexual abuse (either during childhood or adulthood). Domestic violence can cause an adverse ripple effect on the emotional and psychological state of a survivor. Panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression and anxiety are often ignited by domestic violence. Coping with emotional and psychological traumas often becomes burdensome for survivors and stabilizing basic resources can become strenuous and tedious. Suicidal tendencies, substance abuse and psychotic episodes can all be sparked by violence and maltreatment. Issues surrounding poor mental health are often ignored or go unaddressed by society. ” Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
“Virginia's funding of mental health services is heavily skewed toward institutional spending”, which mandates psychotropic medications. NAMI
Sanctuary provides natural, free-range, wholistic healing in safe, healthy and loving home environments for an entire growing season in order to firmly establish new patterns of beliefs and behaviors. This natural, wholistic healing treats the mind, body and spirit.
“Virginia lacks in-home and community based services” for women who seek to leave abusive relationships but lack financial resources and a safe place to go. NAMI
Sanctuary saves lives and keeps people out of prison by providing charitable care within private, undisclosed Christian homes. Rotational shelter throughout their stay creates a safe place for women to experience natural healing and restoration.
Poverty (Spiritual & Material)
"Poverty is one of the most significant social determinants of health and mental health. Despite rising depression, recent data suggest that treatment for depression has not increased, and a growing number of Americans, especially socio-economically vulnerable individuals and young persons, are suffering from untreated depression. Depression that goes untreated is the strongest risk factor for suicide behavior." Cambridge Journal of Psychological Medicine
In addition to providing natural healing therapies in a safe place for an entire growing season, Sanctuary offers participants professional mentorship from women who own and operate successful businesses. Participants are encouraged to work along side their mentors, practice a therapeutic art or craft, and to develop a sustainable business product. Those who commit to this goal are provided a scholarship that includes business coaching, marketing services and seed money to launch their own business. In this way, Sanctuary addresses the short and long term financial needs of women struggling to overcome spiritual and material poverty.
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