MSP is passionate about re-educating the community about addiction, believing that it is ultimately a heart problem which can only be mended through a relationship with God. We do not believe in a “drug of choice”; we believe that all addictions are rooted in a lack of peace and a desire to change the way one feels. That is why MSP is not just a sobriety program or a rehabilitation center: it is a life-recovery program that relies on both the 12 Steps and Jesus to entirely transform lives. Our mission involves three steps: rescue, restore, and return.
First, we rescue women from dangerous situations and harmful addictions. When women enter our program, they spend approximately their first 40 days focused on kick-starting their sobriety and recovery journeys. This involves attending recovery meetings, working the 12 Steps, and receiving mentoring.
Second, we help our residents to regain a sense of dignity and independence. After the initial 40-day period, most women get jobs and start becoming more self-sufficient. They start paying their own program fees, saving up money, and working on valuable life-skills.
Third, we hope to see our residents graduate from our program and begin living healthy, independent lives outside of MSP. We hope to see women reunited with their families and children, legal issues cleared, and lives freed from substance abuse and addiction.
The women we serve are frequently the ones that society has thrown away. Our target population is the hurting, abandoned, abused, and addicted women of Central Alabama. They often come in feeling hopeless, lost, hurting, and alone.
In order to help these women, we must first bring them into a safe place where they are able to focus on their recovery journey, not just their daily survival.
MSP provides a home where they can be accepted, loved, nurtured, and guided throughout that journey. We provide shelter, food, transportation, and assistance with other basic care to help them get back on their feet.
Many of the women who come to MSP feel insecure or even incapable of living healthy, balanced adult lives. Our goal is to help them gain confidence and acquire the skills that they need to begin living the lives that they long for. We provide assistance in getting medical and legal issues under control, and we hold our residents accountable for paying any owed fines, acquiring any missing personal documentation, and saving for future independent living. They also learn responsibility by participating in the daily upkeep of the homes that they live in, including cleaning, cooking, and lawncare. Plus, we provide opportunities for parenting classes, GED courses, career prep, money management classes, and a variety of personal growth and development classes.
Our residents regularly attend recovery meetings where they receive support from a community of people who have relatable struggles to their own. Every woman is connected to a personal sponsor, who serves as a mentor during their recovery journey. Meanwhile, women regularly attend church services and are encouraged to explore their faith. We believe that the biggest transformation happens when an individual chooses to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The support that our residents receive and the independence that they gain are intended to equip each woman with the confidence, life skills, and freedom to embrace a new beginning in life.
Our goal is for each woman to become a graduate from My Sister's Place, ready and equipped to start a healthy life without the burdens and limitations of past hurts, habits, and hangups. By working through the recovery process, we hope that they can learn to let go of the old ways of thinking that once kept them trapped in the past and fearful of the future. Though we hope that MSP can feel like home for a time, it is not intended to be their home forever. We believe that if they gain a sense of security as they walk through the process of restoration, and if they choose to apply the discipleship principles they have learned, our residents will be ready to face life head-on, including situations that once baffled and overwhelmed them. More importantly, they will be ready to return to their communities and families so that they can become the moms, daughters, sisters, and wives that they need to be.
Key Distinctives of Our Ministry Model
Provides both Christ-centered approach to recovery and 12 Step based recovery methods
All leaders have walked through their own brokenness by relying on Jesus and the 12 Steps
Strengthens independence and transitions women into work, home, family, and community life
Focus on building relationships and community participation within a healthy church body
All of our staff members are graduates of My Sister's Place and have each walked through their own faith and recovery journeys.
Our board members serve as accountability for Cindy and help advise her in major decisions concerning MSP.