Welcome to RPM's new Website!
Today marks a new beginning for Recovery Point Ministry, as we launch our new website. We anticipate that this website will become a tool used by all who want information about RPM. Here you will find our latest and all of our past newsletters. You will also be able to see our weekly specials at the RPM Thrift Store and print out a coupon or two to make your shopping at the RPM Thrift Store a breeze. You can also explore the many ways that you can participate in the lives of the young women that we work with here at RPM. Soon you will be able to apply to the Recovery Point Program from this website. Be sure and click on Meet Our Staff and while you're at it take a look what we are teaching the women. All in all we expect to update this site regularly and pray that you will find it a valuable resource in your service to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. --Donna Everest
From the Desk of the Executive Director
Over the past two months, God continued to prove Himself faithful. As you look in scripture, God is always at work. As you look at RPM, God continues to be always at work. The rest of the article is dedicated to how God is at work in and through RPM. First, God has provided several new ladies to our program who need help, hope, healing, and holiness. One of our young ladies, Desiree, has officially graduated from our program and is currently attending National Park Community College, serving in ministry at HSBC, and telling people about Jesus. We recently had a storage shed donated and delivered by the Iron Men’s Ministry of HSBC. The Bunger/Burgess and Hudnell Sunday School classes at HSBC have provided resources and labor for needed improvements to the Thrift Store and storage shed. God continues to provide prayer support and encouragement through many faithful volunteers. God continues to use the Thrift Store led by Brenda Robertson and many other faithful volunteers to provide awareness and financial support for RPM. Trisha Hall is doing an excellent job teaching and leading these women along with a great RPM staff. We have a great Board of Trustees. As RPM continues to grow, we need you to continue to support this ministry both prayerfully and financially. With more women in the program comes more costs. We need your continued financial support for these women who do not have much. We want to expand this ministry in the future. We need your continued help. Will you continue to invest in this ministry where God is obviously at work?
Executive Director, RPM
Alcohol Addiction and Women
In the United States approximately 40 percent of all alcoholics are women, however, according to recent studies, women account for only 20 to 25 percent of all who receive treatment for addictions. While our society has a set of general expectations for women, women also have to overcome the stigmatism of the association of alcohol and the "loose" women. Let's be honest and face it, women have to deal with a very specific set of barriers to treatment that men do not. Some of the barriers for women are practical in their nature; barriers like lack of childcare, fear of losing their children, lower wages, loss or community and family support due to their addiction, and a lack of space for women in treatment centers.
If one were to look at American history, at American society and traditional American family structures, one would observe that the former have contributed to women's roles being central to the stability and "nurturing" of the immediate family, and often of the extended family of parents and in-laws and close friends. It's sort of like this; if a guy wants to have a couple of beers with his buddies he is considered "manly". On the other hand; alcohol or chemical abuse problems makes a woman shameful and suspect, and her family, the object of pity and scorn. Women are more likely to be deficient in social and family support when they try to obtain treatment for their addiction. Because alcoholism is a family issue, and however dysfunctional the family may be, the roles of mother and wife are seen as essential in meeting the needs of the others, and everyone's denial remains a powerful barricade to treatment.