What is Barbara’s Place?
Barbara’s Place is a house that accommodates 8 women (18+). The home is named in honor of Barbara Bateman, the wife of our Board Chairman. Howard and Barbara have graciously served the ministry of America’s Keswick in numerous ways for more than 20 years.
The program is designed to specifically address and meet the needs of women desiring to be free from the bondage of addiction and firmly rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the saving work of the cross and a personal relationship with Jesus as the only means of salvation and victorious living.
Barbara’s Place is a trauma-informed program, designed to help women overcome the hurts & pains of trauma and abuse.
Barbara’s Place is a trauma-informed program, designed to help women overcome the hurts & pains of trauma and abuse. Although we are unable to accommodate children in the home, we desire to give women with or without children every opportunity to succeed at living not just clean and sober, but holy and godly lives.
The women will have opportunities to learn and grow through classes held within the home, as well as in the community at large. A portion of the program will include interaction with community volunteers, community organizations, and local churches. Each student will also be paired up with a godly mentor from the Christian community to encourage, support, and help them in their personal studies and spiritual growth.
How is Barbara's Place different?
- Our focus is on the work of God in a person’s life and a personal relationship with Christ
- Our goal is inner healing vs. putting on behaviors. Out with the old, broken and painful first!
- We teach the Bible for personal application and healing vs. memorization and knowledge.
- We are a small homelike environment rather than an institutional or hospital setting.
- We create a loving community where each woman is loved and cared for as an individual, not a number or just the next student on the list.
- We are a community in that we establish a long-term relationship – each student becomes family for life – whether they graduate or not.
- We have no time limits; no one is being pushed out the door. It is about really being ready, rather than completing a certain number of days or classes.
- We teach life skills: cooking, finances, computer, household maintenance, community participation, and the like.
- Women 18 and up
- Due to the limited number of beds, there is a thorough application process to select students that will best fit in this home environment for the benefit of all the students in the home
- 6 to12 month residential, with options to stay longer if necessary or offered.
- Healing through individual and group counseling, 17 hours of classroom instruction, morning devotions, Sunday school and morning and evening worship services, work therapy and group recreational activities
Frequently Asked Questions
Visits begin after one month. Visits are Sunday from 2-5pm at Barbara’s Place. During the students, 2nd-4th month in the program visits is limited to immediate family only. Students are allowed 3 adult visitors each visit day.
Students go to church at a local church in Whiting on Sundays, and the house is also sometimes invited to Christian events held at other churches in the area. Each student is paired with a mentor from the community after 3 months, that often takes them off property to shop or eat.
There are no phones or smartphones allowed during a student’s stay at Barbara’s Place. There is a phone provided to make the weekly allowed calls. MP3 players are allowed with the use of headphones (only in one ear during free time) are not allowed as we do not want students to isolate. An MP3 playlist is screened and limited to Christian content. There are no phones or smartphones allowed during a student’s stay at Barbara’s Place.
All linens and bedding are provided as well as hygiene products. Students only need to bring clothing for the season they will be at Barbara’s Place. Students can bring their own soaps and hygiene products, but it is not necessary.
3 mornings a week, we do Housekeeping for the conference center. The other mornings, early afternoons and evenings are devoted to classroom learning. There are 17 different classes students take weekly in addition to morning devotions and Sunday church. Free time is set for homework and relaxation. Three nights a week recreation, crafts, or group activities are planned by staff. Students have access to staff for individual support and counseling weekly.