For the past month, Wellspring Living staff member Kristine Wendt has been writing a series about our Assessment Center and the process by which women come to Wellspring Living. You can read the first and second installment of the series on our blog. This is the third and final installment of the blog series, At First Glance.
So, how do we find these women? OR, better yet how do the women find us?
Jesus tells us that the Father will go out from the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep and I believe these women are no exception! Our efforts in restoration are partnered with several other local Atlanta organizations that are passionate about rescue, and some women come to us from these partners. Some women call us because they have been privately referred from family members or friends. Some women call us because they found us online. My prayer is that these women would feel heard or ‘seen’ even as they make that first call.
Our relationship begins with our voices. The women call our 24/7 hotline number where myself or key volunteers answer the phone for the purpose of serving women call for intake questions.
The women will go through an intake interview that has detailed questions about their crisis, needs, history of substance abuse or exploitation, and other relevant information that help inform us if the women are good candidates for the Redeemed Assessment Center.
After the interview is completed, we spend time in prayer and consultation to see if the women make a good fit. If not, we have resources and information for the women to consider as she pursues the right fit for her health and restoration. Once she is admitted, she will be dropped off at our home or we will pick her up at a safe location. When she arrives at the home, an ‘arrival basket’ of gifts is waiting for her in her new room. She will then have the day to herself as she gets situated into her new home.
A woman’s time in the Assessment Center looks very different depending on the woman’s needs. All women receive a certain amount of blood work, as many recovery programs request certain tests. Our staff and volunteers can help a woman with a variety of things so that each woman can move forward. For women interested in the Wellspring for Women year-long residential program, we will help them schedule an appointment with a therapist so she can conduct a home interview and assessments for that transition.
All women are asked to follow our structured schedule, designed to fill the time with constructive and life-giving things. With this, we also create space for them to reflect and rest from the chaos that once patterned their life.
Ultimately, each woman has the opportunity to encounter Christ through their readings, journaling, conversations with the other women, laughter with the volunteers, or by quieting themselves to receive His voice. Each of us is a sheep of His pasture. And His voice guides each of the women – He pursues her heart and knows each of them intricately.
“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.”
“For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, you will hear His voice.”
“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.”