What Does A Day at Barbara's Place look like?

It is very hard to describe what a day looks like since no two days are alike at Barbara’s Place. We hope you will get a glimpse of life through the eyes of a student as she gives an overall description of her days for you.

  • 7:00-8:00am 

    • The day starts with personal devotions, personal preparations, and the organization of your space.
  • 8:00 

    • Family Breakfast – several options are available to choose from daily, breakfast is on your own but most of the time we are all eating together. On Saturday and Sunday morning the staff prepares a hot cooked breakfast for us to enjoy.
  • 8:30

    • House chores – it is our house, so we take care of keeping it up and learning how to maintain and care for a home.
  • 9:00

    • Devotions as a House – led by staff
  • 10:00 -12:00

    • Monday – Saturday mornings we have classes that are designed to grow us and ground us emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.
  • 12:15

    • Lunch (students rotate weeks that they are responsible for menu planning and cooking for the house)
  • 1:00 – 4:00

    • In the afternoons, we engage in a variety of classes that are informational, educational, and spiritually developing.  Class topics are listed on the curriculum page.  All classes are taught by members of the staff.  Each staff member is well qualified to teach the classes they are assigned.
    • The classes are designed to help us learn to apply Biblical principles and understand His word better as we learn to see life from God’s perspective and how He is the answer for our hurts, pains, confusion, and direction.
    • There is an aspect to our program which specifically addresses our trauma and suffering.  Qualified staff walk us through unwrapping and re-writing our suffering story.
    • One-on-one counseling also takes place during this timeframe.
  • 4:00

    •  Free Time – there are also breaks between classes to do homework, wash, take a walk or just relax.
  • 5:30

    • Dinner – We eat all meals together and enjoy laughter and conversation between students and staff.
  • Evenings

    • Each evening there is something different planned.
      • Monday night we attend a community addiction recovery group held at America’s Keswick.
      • Tuesday night we have the opportunity to use the activity center for swimming, exercise, and volleyball.
      • Wednesday night we have life skills class which can be computer skills, dealing with finances, assertiveness, servant leadership, and nutrition awareness.
      • Thursday is our women’s studies class.
      • Friday and Saturday nights are activity nights, crafts, movies, and games. We have many community volunteers that come and teach us crafts, sewing, crocheting, and painting as well as play games with us.
  • 8:45

    • Evening prayer as a “family”, this is a time to really join together as a house.
  • 9:00

    • Free time and evening bedtime preparations
  • 10:30

    •  Lights out

Sundays look different all the way around as we attend morning services at Bayside Chapel and live stream an evening service. We have afternoon visitation with family.

Since we are on the grounds of the conference center, we often also get to participate in some of the special events held on the property.  Girl Talk, Dinner Concerts, and Conference Meetings are some of the ways we connect with the conference center.

America’s Keswick is not only a place to find recovery – it is a place to grow under the umbrella of God’s love and blessing as we learn how to do it together as sisters.  The staff truly loves and cares about the students and their healing, growth, well-being, and connection with God.

~2018 Barbara’s Place Graduate

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