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Staying On The Right Path For The New Year

So many experiences in my life have paralleled my recovery journey.

I remember a hunting trip several years ago. Walking for several hours on an old logging road some 11,000 feet above sea level in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, I began to realize that the road I was on was not ever going to take me where I was hoping it would. I had to admit that I was lost, and if I kept following the road, I would just get more lost and further away from my intended destination.

All roads take us somewhere, but not all roads take us where we need to go.

I have been lost more than once when hunting in Southwestern Colorado. Not like life-in-danger lost, but rather an “I-have-no-idea-exactly-where-I-am” –and more importantly–a “how-do-I-get-where-I-want-to-go” lost.

The key in every case was to stay calm, use my tools to connect me with the right direction, and make sure that I cooperated with the resulting information to ultimately get where I wanted to go.

I am sure you can already sense where I’m going with this.

Jeremiah 6:16 says this, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the roads and look; ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it!’”

STAND. ASK. WALK. 

Just wanting change–just hoping that God will somehow zap our hearts and minds and “force” us to walk the right path–will never lead to actual change. We must intentionally make choices to join God on His path every day of our lives.

Sometimes in recovery we come to a crossroads and the path forward is not clear. Sometimes, we lose our way and end up somewhere other than the right path. When that happens, we must remember our tools to find our way back. I’ve found it helpful to remember the three C’s: calm, connection, and cooperation.

CALM

We never make good decisions when we are anxious. Anxiety drives us to make foolish and sinful choices. We panic and start grasping for what we think we need. So, when we feel anxious, we need to remember to pause, take a deep breath, and invite God into the present moment. God tells us to “…stand by the roads and look…” If we take a moment to seek Him, He will help us assess the situation correctly and give us the space we need to make a wise decision.

CONNECTION

Remember, the opposite of addiction is connection. God tells us to, “…ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is…” We must connect with God and other believers authentically,  sharing the truths of where we are and what we are thinking.  Reach Out. Connect. Ask.

COOPERATION
Finally, we must walk in the direction we have received, cooperating with God to stay on the right path. “…THEN WALK IN IT,” God says. Sometimes submitting to His direction is difficult, but He has promised us that if we stay calm and look at our choices, connect with Him and others for wisdom and support, and take the first step on the right path, “you will find rest for your souls.”

I want that for you. I want that for me.

Happy New Year, and may God help us stay on the right path, the path of recovery, as we walk out this journey with Him.

God bless you all.

Troy

COVID-19 Public Statement

Dear HopeQuest Family,

There is no doubt that we are living in unprecedented times as together we face realities and concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  At the HopeQuest Ministry Group, nothing matters more to us than the physical, emotional and spiritual health of those men God has entrusted to us for help. In doing our part to face this challenge well, we have continued to execute policies we have had in place that keep our clients, families, and staff safe.  Because of our normal preparation, we have been able to follow the recommended best communicated by the CDC while continuing to provide the appropriate treatment for our clients as it applies to their recovery. During this extraordinary time, we want to give extra focus to ensure the safety of HopeQuest clients and staff. Below you will find several key questions answered. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Wisdom involves communicating, following guidelines, praying, and ultimately trusting God. We promise to do all four together with you as I know God will continue to guide and protect us all.

  1. Is HopeQuest still open and taking new clients?
    • The short answer is yes. Not only are we continuing to take in new clients, HopeQuest might very well be the safest place they can be as they work on their recovery.
    • In times like these, addiction flourishes with uncertainty, isolation and other challenges. As addiction takes advantage of this crisis and spirals men deeper, please remember only recovery saves lives impacted by addiction. We must stay open to continue to serve those men who are finally ready to take a real step toward freedom and hope.
    • We have revised our admissions department pre-screening and screening process to include specific health screenings, international and domestic travel, and family members’ risk potential. Anyone deemed a possible risk will not be allowed on campus. 
    • We currently have clients in Residential, PHP, and Transitional Living housing. Please pray for their safety (see increased protocols and info below). Most of all pray for their continued transformation and recovery.
    • If you need more info about an admission or potential client, please contact our Admissions Team, as they would be happy to help you make an informed and wise decision.
  1. How are we keeping clients and staff safe?
    • We normally adhere to universal healthcare precaution measures to prevent the spread of any infection and have elected to add additional measures to ensure the health of our clients, employees, and visitors. These include following CDC guidelines especially in the areas of handwashing, sanitizing living/workspaces, and social distancing.
    • We have canceled all outings and off-campus activities for the clients.
    • We have restricted visitor access at our residences.
    • Our medical team has done additional training with both the clients and staff to ensure they are aware of all policies and practices meant to keep everyone safe.
    • All clients and staff have regular health and temperature checks by our medical team.
    • We have protocols in place and are prepared to isolate/quarantine staff or clients that are exposed or test positive for COVID-19 in order to ensure client and staff safety.
  1. What about HopeQuest events and meetings?
    • Family sessions are being done via technology to limit contact.
    • We are working on contingency plans for our April Reclaiming Families Weekend.
    • All Walking Free, Journey, and Freedom Experience groups are not meeting in person and, where possible, will move to online formats for the foreseeable future.
    • The Journey Retreat has been canceled. A decision will be made later regarding the Walking Free Retreat as it is not until the last weekend in April.
  1. What can you do to help HopeQuest?
    • Pray – while we follow the guidelines of experts and direction from authorities, our trust is wholly in God. Please pray that God will keep our clients and staff safe. More so, pray that God would do the transforming work that only He can do. In addition, there are men and families wanting to get help so please pray all barriers to their being with us would be overcome.
    • Refer – if you know someone that is struggling, we are here to help. It is rarely the “best” time to get treatment, but it is always the “right” time. Our Admissions Team is available to answer any questions and help people make wise and informed decisions.
    • Give – every single year our financial partners make it possible for men that could otherwise not afford help to receive it. Around 80% of our operating costs are generated via program revenue including insurance and client fees. That allows us to point 100% of our donations toward client scholarships and not operating expenses. With the economic impact of this crisis, your help is needed more than ever. Please consider helping us help others by donating. Every gift you share makes a significant difference.

We are so thankful for you. Know that your help really does make a difference. It is a huge encouragement for me, the staff and our clients to know that you are praying for us. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Grateful,

Troy Haas 

CEO | CADC II, CSAT

Sexual Integrity Leadership Summit 2019

What if local church leaders could gather together to share insights, tools, and resources that would allow them to address sexual integrity in their own unique environments? What impact could that have on the Church as a whole?

Introducing the Sexual Integrity Leadership Summit.

This collaborative, three-day event will bring together experts in the field with those who are ministering to the hurting body of Christ. Gain Biblical wisdom, practical tools, and clear next steps to lead others toward sexual wholeness. Join us to move from feeling helpless to feeling hopeful.

Sexual Integrity Leadership Summit

May 2-4, 2019

Marietta, GA

Only $99 Through February 28th!

Here’s what a few attendees from our inaugural 2018 event had to say:

“It seemed like there were a lot of people and ministries that didn’t know each other existed, but it was amazing to see the contacts being made, and people realizing they don’t have to do it all alone.”

“Excellent speakers! Excitement over the growing unity and response to sexual issues in the Church.”

“The table group discussions were so diverse and eye-opening. Very helpful to get different perspectives and ideas for my own ministry.”

“The speakers were awesome, not only in their own proficiency, but in their ability to relate and their accessibility.”

“It helped having a pastor’s perspective. I thought it brought a good dose of realism to the talks. I appreciated his emphasis on taking time and working within a church’s particular culture.”

NOT A PASTOR, MINISTRY LEADER, OR COUNSELOR?

We want to help equip the people leading your faith community. Please consider forwarding this email to someone who should know about the event, or click here for other ways to share.


 

Don’t Miss It! Stay Connected

We always have many things happening at HopeQuest and we try to keep our friends and partners informed and engaged.  We would like to take a few minutes and briefly share the ways you can stay connected with us!

Our Website 

Our website had a big facelift last year and is a great way to connect with us.  The site has a great deal of information available about our programs and other resources.  The tabs labeled “What We Treat,” “Treatment Programs,” and “Training and Consulting” found on the front-page share more about who we are and what we do.  To make a donation or volunteer your services please click on the “About Us” tab and scroll through the drop-down menu to “Donate or Volunteer.” 

Our Blog 

On the HopeQuest Blog, you will find general articles of interest, happenings, and announcements. Additionally, “weekly” highlights from our support groups such as TREK, Walking Free, and Journey are also posted here along with snippets from program materials that offer help and insight to recovery living.

If you want to read more posts specifically about Trek, Walking Free, or Journey, simply click the highlighted tag at the end of the post.

Social Media

If you are on the go, social media makes it super easy to stay connected and engaged.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Facebook: @HopeQuest

General program and ministry information is available here, as well as encouraging and informative Posts and Notes for you to engage with…

Twitter: @Hopequestgroup

Tweets throughout the day for you to connect with….

Instagram: @hopequestgroup

Here you will find pictures of the campus, volunteer work, events, and other things to engage you….

LinkedIn: HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc.

If you do have a LinkedIn account, consider connecting and engaging with us professionally!

 

Special Announcement

HopeQuest and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Troy Haas has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the HopeQuest Ministry Group.  Troy has been a part of the HopeQuest team since its inception.  Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Troy has served as the Executive Director of HopeQuest for the past 5 years, leading HopeQuest in the day to day operations and giving oversight and vision to the Executive Team.  Previously to serving as the Executive Director, Troy was the Director of Restoration Ministries at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA for 15 years.

Please join us in welcoming Troy Haas as our new Chairman and CEO.

3 Things for a Better 2019

I don’t know about you but for me ringing in the new year signifies “new beginnings”.  At HopeQuest, we love new beginnings! Actually, when it comes down to it that is exactly what we offer. Paul expressed it like this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Our passion at HopeQuest is to see people and their families affected by addiction experience hope, freedom, and life.  There is nothing more rewarding or satisfying than seeing lives transformed right before your very eyes.  However, sometimes-old things begin to creep back in.  Whether it is a change in eating habits, going to the gym or something else that you want to change in your life, falling back into the same old rut is easy.  So how can we have life transformation that sticks? Here are a few helpful tips that are easy for anyone to do.

  1. Invite safe people to take this journey with you.  This requires safe relationships with whom you can be honest, authentic, and real with.  They know the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  2. Be a person of grace!  Freely offer grace to others and give grace to yourself!  One main reason for the lack of progress in our lives is due to the shame we continue to embrace. God is for you!
  3. Keep moving forward.  Momentum is a game changer when it comes to life transformation.  A lapse, a stumble, or a mistaken step can be discouraging but it does not mean you are a failure and must return to the beginning.  Get back up, brush yourself off and keep the momentum moving forward!

Whether you are in recovery or not, applying these three simple ideas into everyday living will help you stay on the path God has given you.  Over time and with momentum, things that would have derailed you before become like pebbles in the road instead of the boulders they used to be.

HopeQuest Honors 22 Years of Service as Roy Announces His Retirement

Almost 20 years ago I made a phone call that changed the course of my life and ministry forever. That call was to Roy Blankenship. We had never met, but that day we discussed the possibility of Melissa and I moving to Woodstock to continue our journey of recovery. Over the years, Roy became a mentor, a boss, and a friend. From the beginning of our relationship, Roy believed that God was not finished with me, even when I could not see how God would use my story to help others. His unconditional acceptance and his trust in me have been a true gift. Roy has fought and sacrificed for many others like me to experience freedom and hope in Christ. It has been an honor to stand by his side in supporting his vision for Trek and HopeQuest and helping him build a ministry that God has used to accomplish amazing things in the lives of hurting people.

While in the back of my mind I knew that one day Roy might retire, I never imagined it would come this soon and on the heels of the incredibly painful personal challenge of losing Nancy. Below is a letter from Roy to you–our amazing partners and friends. You have each played a vital role in HopeQuest being what it is today, and we are so grateful for you.

–Troy Haas, Executive Director

Dear HopeQuest Friends and Partners,

Let me begin by thanking you for your heartfelt encouragement and prayers these past 18 months.They have been some of the hardest times of my life, but I have learned much. I have found that things happen which at the time, you wish they had not. I have found that as bad a situation of life circumstances seems at the time, things can always be worse. I have found that I find life fulfillment primarily in God and in relationships with others. I have found that God leads us in ways we didn’t expect. I have found that God is always for me, and He is always with me. I have found that even with a rich history of life experiences where God has proven Himself to me over and over, I still have a tendency to worry, feel anxious, despair when I feel alone, and respond to life situations as one of the Israelite “murmurers.”

And even so, I have found that God loves me still.

When I woke up on April 1, 2017, and the reality of Nancy’s death settled in on me, I made the immediate decision to do four things: grieve the loss of my wife of 35 years, re-engineer my home so that it would be my home instead of our home, re-engineer my professional life to get away from executive organizational functions and return to loving people, and re-engineer my personal life and learn how to have a life outside of work and ministry.

Many of you know that I have not been involved in the day-to-day leadership of HopeQuest since Nancy’s death. After grieving her loss, being on sabbatical during 2018 provided me the opportunity to reflect on and execute life decisions concerning these four things. After much prayer, study, and personal reflection, I have made the decision to retire from HopeQuest and simplify my life. I sense God leading me to pursue a private counseling practice helping individuals, couples, families, as well as doing group work.

In reality, HopeQuest has functioned without my involvement since Nancy’s hospitalization on February 25, 2017. It has been a great encouragement to me that Troy, the counseling team, and the other members of the HopeQuest staff have faithfully carried on with the mission of HopeQuest with great competency. 

So, after 22 years of great personal sacrifice and striving to see HopeQuest become a respected leader in the field of Christian addiction treatment, I feel confident that today, I can be at peace as God leads me down yet another unexpected fork in the road of my life. The vision God gave me for HopeQuest over two decades ago has become a reality.

Did you know that as of today, HopeQuest is the only place in our nation that offers people affordable clinically-effective treatment in a Christian environment? Other organizations offer a Christian program where some Christian oriented spiritual disciplines are sprinkled into their program components and activities. Only HopeQuest offers a fully integrated program, with a spiritual formation director (campus pastor), Christian therapists, and Christian staff members who all model a Christian life perspective. 

I am proud of that.

I am also grateful to all of you who have partnered with us over the last twenty-two years. I truly believe the best days for HopeQuest are ahead of us. 

Please pray for me as I begin this new chapter in my life.  Know that I will continue to serve God and others, just in a different context. 

Blessing on you and those you love,

Roy

 

Giving That’s As Unique As You Are…

At this time of year, non-profits focus a lot of attention to the benevolence and generosity of its supporters and donor partners.  When it comes to being generous, we have some of the most dedicated supporters that make it possible for us to continue the mission that God has called us to.  Without you, we simply would not be in a position to help individuals and families overcome addiction.

When it comes to giving through HopeQuest, here are some interesting facts you might like to know….

  1. 25% of the budget at HopeQuest comes from the financial support of partners just like you.
  2. 50% of our financial support comes in the last 3 months of the year.
  3. 28% of our support comes during the month of December alone.
  4. Over 1,000 clients and families have come through the Trek program that your financial gifts make possible.
  5. HopeQuest recently opened an Intensive Out Patient program to increase opportunity for those impacted by addiction but can’t come into a residential program.  Additional expansion of services is coming in 2019.

Occasionally we have partners that like to give in creative ways.  One of those ways is through the giving of STOCK or Mutual Funds.

We have partnered with the National Christian Foundation (NCF) when it comes to non-cash gifts (such as stock).  Several of our partners last year maximized the impact of their gift with the help of NCF.

If you are curious about giving stock or another asset other than cash, click this link to read a short article about giving stock from NCF.

https://www.ncfgiving.com/stories/tis-the-season-for-stock-giving/

For more information, feel free to reach out to our Director of Development Steve Cummings at steve.cummings@hopequestgroup.org or our Ministry Development Officer Gant Garner at gant.garner@hopequestgroup.org.

Thank you again for always being behind us at HopeQuest.  We are so grateful for your generosity.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HOPEQUEST OVER THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

The Christmas holidays are one of the toughest times for our clients in the Trek Program, along with their spouses and family members who are apart from them during this usually festive time. Others we minister to in Walking Free and Journey may also be struggling with challenges. Our counselors and staff can find themselves stretched as well as they minister through the hurdles during this season. 

Please remember to pray for HopeQuest clients, our counselors, and staff as you prepare to celebrate Christmas with your family and loved ones…

#Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27, 2018

Did you participate in #GivingTuesday last year?
Join the global movement!
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.
This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
HopeQuest believes that everyone’s addiction story matters, and everyone’s “giving story” matters too… and that’s why we participate in #GivingTuesday.
You can give to HopeQuest on #GivingTuesday at:

Donate 5% through AmazonSmile through Nov. 2nd, 2018

Do you shop Amazon? Be sure to use Amazon Smile to help support HopeQuest…
Choose: “The Hopequest Ministry Group Inc”
AmazonSmile has donated over $100 million to charities thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com. To celebrate, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to The Hopequest Ministry Group Inc when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0941001 through Nov 2.
This week, Amazon is celebrating their amazing accomplishment helping various charities through their Amazon Smile Program. It’s easy to help support HopeQuest through this program. Simply go to smile.amazon.com before shopping, and choose to support “The Hopequest Ministry Group, Inc” 
Be sure to help support HopeQuest this week during this special promotion! Thank you!
#AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

What Type of People Choose a Christ-Centered Rehab?

Why are people drawn to a Christ-centered addiction treatment center over other types of inpatient and outpatient rehabs? Do only devoted Christians choose a Christian environment for help with their addiction?

In order to get to know our own participants in the Trek program at HopeQuest, I took a long look at the types of the people who join our program.  I was interested in their perspective on God and the church, as well as their relationship with Christ.

I was surprised at what I found.  You might be too.

Out of those I surveyed, I found four types of people who come to HopeQuest:

  • Those skeptical of Christianity and the church but willing to listen.
  • Those wounded by the church, church leaders, and other Christians.
  • Genuine followers of Christ who are alive but not free, dominated by addictive behaviors.
  • Christians who are trapped in a performance-based theology marked by legalism, religious tradition, self-effort, and masks.

At Trek we integrate a Christ-centered perspective with clinically-effective interventions to provide our clients addiction treatment in a safe spiritual community. People should not have to sacrifice one over the other. Whether you are a committed Christian or skeptical of the church and Christianity, our approach is not religious or preachy. It’s thoroughly biblical in its framework – integrated with profound yet practical clinical practices and genuine authenticity.

Why are people drawn to us?  They want a Christ-centered treatment option that takes the clinical seriously. They come because of the unique ways HopeQuest integrates those two. They come because they’re thirsty to be known for who they are – as they are.  Isn’t that what everyone wants in this world?

Isn’t that what you want?

We understand.  We’re right there with you.

No matter who you are, or how you come to consider us, there is one thing we want you to know above all – God is for you.

And we are too.

By Design: Reclaiming Sexuality

Saturday, October 13
Hear from Dr. Juli Slattery and Jonathan Daugherty
Most Christians have difficulty making sense of sexuality. In addition to the obvious issues of pornography, sexual abuse, and changing sexual ethics within culture, many of us struggle to overcome sexual problems in marriage or to reconcile sexuality as a Christian single.
In this one-day conference for men and women, we will tackle foundational questions like “Why does God care about sexuality?” as well as very practical applications of what it looks like to honor God with our sexuality. Male or female, single or married, 18 or 80, this conference is for you. It will fundamentally challenge how you approach every sexual question of our time.

Saturday, October 13 for By Design: Reclaiming Sexuality, a one-day conference for men and women.

RiverStone Church
2005 Stilesboro Road
Kennesaw GA

Podcast #228: Intimacy After Infidelity

Troy and Melissa join Dr. Juli Slattery on her podcast…
Imagine the stress of being in ministry, a missionary on the mission field, while keeping your sexual sin a secret. (If we’re honest, whether we’re in ministry or not, many of us struggle to keep our sin, our trauma, or our past a secret.) That’s exactly where our Executive Director Troy & his wife Melissa Haas found themselves when Troy’s pornography addiction was exposed. Join Dr. Juli Slattery on this Java with Juli, Podcast #228, to hear how God met them, healed them, and restored intimacy in their marriage.
https://www.authenticintimacy.com/podcast

Trek – Week Seven

While in lectures and therapeutic group processes, our clients follow eight guidelines called Group Norms. They are good practice for any healthy communication.

  1. Limit distractions – no candy, gum, food, or drinks

  2. Actively participate – keep your chair and feet on the floor and face forward

  3. Be honest, authentic and real – focus on yourself and how you feel

  4. Respect others’ confidentiality – what’s talked about in group stays in the group

  5. Show consideration for others – don’t attack or demean character

  6. Raise your hand to speak or relate to others

  7. Promote open, vulnerable relationship – stand with hands by your side; remove hats and hoods

  8. Keep your conversations directed toward the entire group – no cross-talk

Trek Orientation Module

Hear from Roy about Addiction’s Impact on Families…

Recently, our CEO and Founder Roy Blankenship appeared on a podcast for Divorce Team Radio to talk about sexual addiction and how it is impacting families today.  Here at HopeQuest, we know that behind every addiction is a story, and we know God is eager to write new chapters for those that struggle with this form of addiction.
Instructions:
  1. Click here: LISTEN NOW
  2. You will be directed to the Divorce Team Radio Podcast Page
  3. Find Podcast 12 titled “Understanding Sexual Addiction”
  4. Click the “View in iTunes” link
  5. iTunes will open
  6. Click play to listen to the podcast

 

Introducing the Trek:IOP Program!

Introducing the Trek:IOP…Continuing to minister to those struggling with addictions…
Built on the highly effective, nationally recognized HopeQuest model, the Trek:IOP (intensive outpatient program) was developed to utilize proven counseling methods integrated with Biblically based and Christ-centered principles leading to lasting change.
Intensive outpatient therapy consists of nine hours of group counseling and one hour of individual counseling each week. The program is 6 to 16 weeks in length dependent on need. All group sessions are held at night, allowing participants to maintain a job during the day while still being able to participate in a clinically effective and robust treatment program. All participants will work with their counselor to develop an individualized treatment plan based on their specific biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
We believe a good treatment plan is holistic in nature, and no two treatment plans are the same. The goal of intensive outpatient therapy is to help those struggling with addiction develop tools to live happy and free. Much of what we do involves working on becoming reconnected with God, our family, and our future.
Trek:IOP is for those who have completed a short-term residential program and are looking to continue the next step their treatment or who are unable to attend a residential program due to vocational or family obligations.
TREK:IOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • A 6 to 16 week intensive out-patient treatment program on our beautiful 18 acre campus
  • Open to men 18 years and older
  • Weekly groups and individual counseling
  • Comprehensive assessment and evaluation process
  • Treatment provided for co-occurring disorders
  • Comprehensive continuing-care program available
  • Referrals to residential sober living transitional program available

Calling All HopeQuest Prayer Warriors…

HopeQuest Family of Supporters:

We are incredibly blessed to be surrounded by an army of God’s People who are rallying around us with prayer and financial support to bring healing to those caught in the struggle of addiction.

We wanted you to have some specific things you could be praying for us and our clients about every month. Currently we have a full house of 17 men and here are a some of their prayer requests: (Names have been changed to protect confidentiality)

Franklin
I am deeply concerned that I will break my wife’s heart when I do full disclosure. Frankly, I deserve the worst, but I am really, really afraid of hurting her heart.

Benjie
For the season of life after Trek, moving into a sober-living home. Not forgetting who Christ is and what He’s done for me on the cross.

Frank
Pray for strength physically and mentally each day going through the program as I continue to reconnect to God here.

Todd
That I trust God with all the major components of my life. In particular, that I can trust God with my marriage

Chase
Pray for RF Weekend coming up in June to prepare me and family’s hearts

Wayne
RF Weekend; Disclosure with my wife; my son who is struggling with not being able to talk to me. Keep a good attitude; Focus on God. Continue to learn what I need to learn.

Albert
Pray for my wife that her heart would continue to soften towards me. For my mother and father-in-law to accept their invite to RF and come RF weekend, that it is a powerful, redeeming time for my marriage

Randy
Me to lean into and trust God’s grace as I re-engage my life and circumstances back home. To reach out and be known as I bump up against my old patterns and new core beliefs.

Jason
My biggest fear is that my heart will soften towards my wife. Please pray for that to happen. I want to be madly in love with her.

 

PRAISES!

We also want to celebrate with you a couple huge answers to prayer God has been doing so far in 2018. He continues to bring us some incredibly talented and experienced staff who have all “hit the ground running” and allowed us to grow, including:

  • Richard Fryer – Clinical Therapist
  • Brent Baxley – Director of Facilities & Maintenance
  • Seth Harris – Admissions Coordinator
  • Jamarri Rollocks – Clinical & Medical Records Compliance
  • Steve Cummings – Director of Development

The second huge praise we have to let you know about it this: We have long been dreaming to open our own Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Beginning June 4th we are launching the Trek IOP. This program is for those who have completed a short-term residential program and are looking to continue the next step their treatment or who are unable to attend a residential program due to vocational or family obligations. Read more about it here.

Thank you for the support you are to me, our staff and the clients God brings to us. We simply could not do this alone and we covet your prayers this month.
May God richly bless you!

Troy Haas
Executive Director

Steve’s Journey Continues… Changing Lives at HopeQuest

A year ago I was in a relapse of my addiction, hiding it from my wife for a second time.  30 days later I crashed.  It was as if God said, “Okay Steve . . . are you done?” and rescued me and brought me to this oasis in the woods of Georgia to begin to heal my broken heart.
I went through the Trek program last July and achieved September 22nd not knowing what God was going to do with me at 55 years old.  Every day I was at Trek I asked Him, “Who would want me?”  It turns out God had a place for me and it was right back here at HopeQuest.  I didn’t see that one coming and it has driven this point home in my heart:
God is not finished with me yet. My best days are still ahead!
Your giving to HopeQuest is making it possible for broken men like myself to begin to experience healing, hope and freedom.  I simply can’t thank you enough for making this possible!
I want to share with you some images you don’t normally get to see.  Every Thursday night at Trek is a holy night. There’s at least one guy, sometimes two or three, who are achieving from the program and we have a bonfire to honor them and speak truth into their life.  I wish I could record what each man says to the honored “graduate.”  You would be blown away and be wiping tears from your eyes over the love these men share for each other.
After we are done, we huddle around our newest Trek alum by the cross and 3 guys pray over him asking Almighty God to keep doing His work in him and protect him from the Evil one.  It’s a band of brothers like no other.  Former Special Forces men who come through Trek have told us this program was harder than serving in our nation’s military.
And YOU make it all possible!
We recently completed our “Match It March” annual campaign (which we let run into April) where we challenged our Walking Free groups and our Trek alumni to give according to their ability.  Many gave $5, $20 or $100, whatever they could, and even asked their co-workers, family and friends to give.  Their total giving was matched by some of our most generous donors and together they gave $75,000.00!  This is what God does in the hearts of broken men who have experienced His unconditional love and grace.
We are putting this $75,000.00 before God and asking Him to multiply it one more time with giving from all our faithful friends who give to HopeQuest.
Would you be as generous as you can and ask Him what He would have you give to HopeQuest this month?  
Bless you for the part you play in being God’s instruments to “rescue the brokenhearted whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:18) He continues to do His most AMAZING work here at HopeQuest and we are incredibly grateful for your support.
Steve Cummings
Director of Development

Check Out the New Look at the Men’s House on Campus!

Renovations on HopeQuest Campus…
Men’s House 
When you have 15 men in a single residence, wear and tear is going to happen. Recently we were given the financial resources necessary to redo the entire floor on the first level and remodeled a part of the kitchen and laundry areas.
Thanks so much to Woodstock City Church and North Point Ministries for giving with a generous heart!