Fayetteville Family Life Center

Faith-integrated counseling ministry

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[06/15/21]   As we quickly approach the end of another fiscal year here at the Fayetteville Family Life Center, we want to thank some of our major supporters. We give thanks to Highland Presbyterian Church for allowing us to lease our terrific office space, where we can care for those in need emotionally and spiritually. We thank Haymount United Methodist Church, who also lends us space to counsel our neighbors in need. Snyder Memorial Baptist Church is a major financial supporter of our ministry. We could not do it without them. We have been given aid from the Manning and Riddle families through their endowments. Thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Health, who helps us through technological and administrative support. And we give great thanks for the Cumberland Community Foundation, who through their 40th Anniversary Grant Program, made this year less daunting, even with all the barriers we have face in light of the pandemic. We truly want to say thanks to all of our supporters, who have given in so many ways to keep our ministry alive and vibrant. Above all, we give thanks to God for calling us to this ministry of hope. God bless.

[05/13/21]   Please Help Us Grow the Fayetteville Family Life Center Endowment

What is an endowment?

An endowment is a charitable fund managed by Cumberland Community Foundation (CCF) that provides support for our mission every year, forever! CCF invests the original gift, distributing to FFLC annually from the investment income alone, protecting the value of the original gift in order to keep up with inflation as the years go on. Partnering with Cumberland Community Foundation allows our staff to focus more on our mission and programming, while CCF takes care of the investment and management of our endowment fund for us!

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Anonymous donors are matching up to $12,000 in donations to the FFLC Endowment through December 31, 2021! Now is the perfect time to have your gift amplified through this generous opportunity.

Please contact us at the Fayetteville Family Life Center to discover how you can help our mission by giving to our endowment through the Cumberland Community Foundation. And thanks again to the CCF for all they do for us, especially through their 40th Anniversary Grant this fiscal year.

04/12/2021

Since 2006, Elizabeth Ramos, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, has been providing care to individuals and families at the Fayetteville Family Life Center. At the FFLC, Elizabeth has ministered untold hours to those hurting and in need. Many don't know that Elizabeth has served on the state level of many substance abuse boards, working to enhance services across NC for all of those affected by the disease of addiction. Elizabeth also aided those in need at the local mental health center for years prior to coming on board at the FFLC. So much wisdom Elizabeth brings to those she ministers to. We celebrate with Elizabeth 15 years of service to the FFLC and to our community. We'd also like to stop and say thank you to the Cumberland Community Foundation for their support through their 40th Anniversary Grant. Through supporters, like the CCF, our staff, like Elizabeth, have been able to continue to minster to those in need, even during this season of the pandemic.

Since 2006, Elizabeth Ramos, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, has been providing care to individuals and families at the Fayetteville Family Life Center. At the FFLC, Elizabeth has ministered untold hours to those hurting and in need. Many don't know that Elizabeth has served on the state level of many substance abuse boards, working to enhance services across NC for all of those affected by the disease of addiction. Elizabeth also aided those in need at the local mental health center for years prior to coming on board at the FFLC. So much wisdom Elizabeth brings to those she ministers to. We celebrate with Elizabeth 15 years of service to the FFLC and to our community. We'd also like to stop and say thank you to the Cumberland Community Foundation for their support through their 40th Anniversary Grant. Through supporters, like the CCF, our staff, like Elizabeth, have been able to continue to minster to those in need, even during this season of the pandemic.

[03/15/21]   Many of our FB friends have no idea that the Fayetteville Family Life Center has an endowment at the Cumberland Community Foundation. You know, because of our recent posts, that without the help of the CCF (and their 40th anniversary grant program) this would have been a tougher year than it already has been for the FFLC. But with the CCF's assistance, we have made it this far in the journey (one day at a time). We will be saying more about our endowment in future posts, but for now, consider giving to the FFLC endowment through the CCF. In this way, we can secure a great future for our ministry, no matter what challenges we face. Thanks again to the Cumberland Community Foundation for all of the work you do for our city and beyond.

02/15/2021

Jeff Johnson, PsyD, MDIV, has been serving at the Fayetteville Family Life Center since January 2019. Jeff has served the community as a pastor and teacher, as well as a chaplain. Jeff entered into Wake Forest Baptist Health's residency for spiritually-integrated psychotherapy training, and has been serving clients in Fayetteville, most of these not having the means to secure counseling on their own. This last Summer 2020, Jeff graduated from the residency and became a fellow with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Jeff continues to see clients who are uninsured and underinsured, as he pursues his certification as a Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor for the state of NC. The FFLC wanted to thank its friends at the Cumberland Community Foundation for the faithful support it gives to programs like Jeff's residency and FFLC's client aid fund. Without support from the CCF's 40th anniversary grant, Jeff's work, and the work of the FFLC, could not continue. During this time of this long-lasting pandemic, it is ever so important that counseling be provided to those who might not be able to receive it otherwise (because of lack of resources). We thank the CCF for their loyal support.

Jeff Johnson, PsyD, MDIV, has been serving at the Fayetteville Family Life Center since January 2019. Jeff has served the community as a pastor and teacher, as well as a chaplain. Jeff entered into Wake Forest Baptist Health's residency for spiritually-integrated psychotherapy training, and has been serving clients in Fayetteville, most of these not having the means to secure counseling on their own. This last Summer 2020, Jeff graduated from the residency and became a fellow with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Jeff continues to see clients who are uninsured and underinsured, as he pursues his certification as a Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor for the state of NC. The FFLC wanted to thank its friends at the Cumberland Community Foundation for the faithful support it gives to programs like Jeff's residency and FFLC's client aid fund. Without support from the CCF's 40th anniversary grant, Jeff's work, and the work of the FFLC, could not continue. During this time of this long-lasting pandemic, it is ever so important that counseling be provided to those who might not be able to receive it otherwise (because of lack of resources). We thank the CCF for their loyal support.

[01/13/21]   Thank you to all of our donors who made our Holiday Solicitation a success. Thanks to the Cumberland Community Foundation for granting us support in honor of their 40th Anniversary, and also making us a part of their "Giving Tuesday" fundraiser event. Thanks to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church for their loyal support, as always. Thanks to Highland Presbyterian Church for forgiving our rent during this stressful time. Thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Health and NC Baptists for their huge investment in our community to heal the hurts of so many suffering among us. And, on and on we could go with thank-yous. Because of your help, someone you know has had a listening ear made available to them, a shoulder to cry on, a prayerful word of advice lent, and God's presence made known to them during these tough, tough days. God's peace to all of you.

12/14/2020

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Thank you to Cumberland Community Foundation and Merry Christmas

[12/08/20]   The Fayetteville Family Life Center would again like to thank the Cumberland Community Foundation for the tremendous support it has given us this past year. Because of the CCF's 40th Anniversary grant program and their inclusion of the FFLC in their Giving Tuesday campaign, the FFLC has benefitted in raising 1/4 of next year's operating budget. For a relatively small amount of operating funds, the FFLC provides a large amount of free/subsidized counseling care back to the community. Of course, the more the FFLC raises in local funds, the more free/subsidized care we can provide. So, as we are right in the middle of our annual campaign to raise funds for our local needs, please consider giving to the FFLC. You can visit our website at fayfamlife.org and hit the donate button to give online. Thanks and pray everyone has a Merry Christmas!

[11/11/20]   As we celebrate with all our veterans this day, we want to give a special thank you again to the Cumberland Community Foundation, which continues to sponsor the ministry of the FFLC to our veterans and to all our neighbors. Happy 40th anniversary CCF!

11/11/2020

On this special day, we want to celebrate two of our own who have made significant sacrifices to serve our nation. Rev. Andrew Finkler, LCMHC, and Rev. Dr. Denise Merritt, LMFT, are both retired military veterans. All of their experiences, through our US ARMY, only make them stronger spiritual guides for our clients here at the FFLC, and make our country a better place. Happy Veterans Day Andrew and Denise and to all our veterans.

10/07/2020

Many of our friends know that for the last two years Rev. Andrew Finkler has been working as a resident at the Fayetteville Family Life Center. We would like to say congratulations to Andrew, because in August 2020, Andrew received his full NC state licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. Andrew has worked hard to receive this license, and yet while he was working on his license, he counseled many clients who would not have received care otherwise, due to financial situations or because of lack of health insurance. Andrew's residency (offered through Wake Forest Baptist Health's CareNet Counseling) could not have taken place without the support of many friends, one being the Cumberland Community Foundation. The Cumberland Community Foundation has supported the FFLC in countless ways over the years, and again this year, the CCF has made our mission possible with financial support through the CCF 40th Anniversary Grant Program. We praise God for the work of the CCF! And praise God for Andrew Finkler, LCMHC! Thank you for your years of service to the FFLC, and we are looking forward to many more.

[09/01/20]   We wanted to report on our efforts from our last fiscal year (July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020). In this time period, the FFLC provided 5,668 hours of counseling care, offered in partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health's CareNet Counseling network. If we would have charged the hospital's full fee for all these services, we would not have been able to offer over 2,300 of these sessions. But because of the generosity of the hospital, the "big" hearts of our counselors providing pro-bono care, and the faithfulness of our donors--we did provide all these sessions, giving back to the community close to $335,000 in free/subsidized care. In these tough times, we could not do it without our supporters, such as the Cumberland Community Foundation. The CCF is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and as part of this celebration , the Fayetteville Family Life Center received a $10,000 grant from the Cumberland Community Foundation to support our work of growing emotional and spiritual health in our community. Thank you CCF.

legacy.com 07/21/2020

View Gilbert Beeson's Obituary and express your condolences

At the FFLC, we mourn the loss of one of God's great servant leaders. Dr. Beeson gave of himself tirelessly for so many years, not just at the FFLC, but also helping surrounding communities in need of pastoral counseling and care. We continue to pray for Dr. Beeson's family, but we know that he is with his God fully today. Well done--good and faithful servant.

legacy.com Gilbert Beeson passed away at the age of 81 in Hickory, Nc, North Carolina. The obituary was featured in Fayetteville Observer on July 13, 2020.

[04/27/20]   We wanted all our FB friends to know that in these last weeks our therapists, along with our administrative staff, have been very busy. Without much advance preparation, we responded to the Governor's call to shelter-in-place/stay-at-home. Although our mission is an essential service to the community, as we are considered a non-profit mental health organization, our therapists (out of consideration for the safety of our neighbors) adapted to provide telehealth therapies over the internet. This has taken its toll on the organization, as well as the staff--as we have basically been operating as front line responders to the pandemic crisis. All our clients have received contact through telephone or telehealth services over the last weeks. We have tried our best to get new clients in virtually, and are continuing to work out the kinks in this process. So, please consider supporting us financially, as a mission to those who are hurting because of this pandemic and/or because of other life circumstances. Please refer to us anyone you know who needs emotional/spiritual care during these stressful days. And please pray--there are so many "moving parts" to keeping a non-profit ministry going during times like this. As always, thank you and God bless.

03/31/2020

[03/24/20]   Friends,
The Fayetteville Family Life Center does not post all the time on FB, only at certain times of the year. However, we post, when we do, because we want to give small reminders that we are always at our ministry to God and others. So especially in these uncertain times, we wanted you to know, we are still here ministering. Our counselors are hard at work caring for folks who have all kinds of struggles during this season of great fear and anxiety. Please pray for our staff--none of us are immune to worry and doubt, but our counselors are still meeting with folks, face-to-face, to provide a loving ear to listen and a heart that is in line with God's love. Pray for our abilities to be flexible and work in new ways to care for the isolated. We are working to become proficient with teletherapy--so that we can connect with our folks we see regularly (who can't make it into the office). And because we all have been hit hard with economic hurdles--please go to our website (www.fayfamlife.org) and donate to our cause online, so we can continue to minister to those who don't have health insurance, or who need financial assistance with their care. Thank you friends for your prayers and your support, and please share with others you know that would have a heart to support us. As always, God's blessings on you.

[07/22/19]   Here at the Fayetteville Family Life Center, we wanted everyone to know that Andrew Finkler, our first year resident, has been offered major assistance to underwrite his position from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. WFBMC is offering residency training for Andrew in spiritually-integrated psychotherapy. The Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund has paid $1,000 a month into Andrew's stipend since January 2019, and this will continue for the rest of this calendar year. Andrew actually began the residency in August 2018, and since that time he has provided 826 counseling sessions. These sessions, if provided at full value, would have cost our clients over $120,000. Andrew offered these sessions at a cost of approximately $33,000. So, the FFLC has saved our neighbors $87,000, while improving the spiritual and emotional health of our community. It is not without a struggle we work to raise the funds to underwrite our ministry. We depend on folks just like you. Please consider donating to the FFLC, so we can continue to go about our mission daily. God Bless.

[11/27/18]   During our last fiscal year, which runs from July 2017 to June 2018, we ministered to 823 different individuals and/or families, providing 5,832 hours of counseling care. (This in no way accounts for all of the additional hours of pro-bono work our counselors provided, that is so hard to track). Of the individuals/families we served, 31 were members of the clergy, and 222 of these were military related families. We took referrals from 95 different churches (and many other community agencies and clinics). But the most telling numerical figure is that we gave back to the community over $277,500 in subsidized care. (This is the difference in the full charge amount Wake Forest Baptist Hospital sets for us and the amount that was collected from our clients.) In this same period, we ran the ministry on (just a little over) $91,000, covering our local expenses. So, what we gave back to the community was over three times the amount of funds we raised to undergird our ministry. We could not do this without help from friends like you. Thank you to all who supported our ministry in this last year. God Bless.

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