The Foundry Ministries began in 1971 as the Bessemer Rescue Mission in Bessemer, Alabama, near Birmingham. As the organization grew and merged with other local charities, it became The Foundry and created its Men’s Recovery Program in 1997. It also founded a women’s residential program in 2008.
The men’s program is a 12-month faith-based residential treatment program that includes work therapy and vocational training at the several businesses The Foundry operates, including an automotive center and thrift store. The men’s program has an additional location on a farm in Cullman, Alabama, which is ideal for residents whose recovery would benefit from limiting the distractions of city life.
Accommodations and Food
The men’s residence is located in downtown Bessemer and houses up to 132 men at one time. The facility is adjacent to The Foundry’s business offices and chapel. Clients at the Bessemer location and the farm reside in rooms with bunk beds, and most rooms house four to 10 men. Electronics are not permitted in treatment, except for bedside clocks.
Clients have daily chores around the facilities and must keep their rooms clean. A kitchen staff provides all meals in the cafeteria, and the facilities have TVs room and gyms as well. There is free laundry at each location and the Bessemer location features a pool tables and ping pong tables.
Treatment and Staff
The residential component of treatment lasts nine months, or longer, if the resident is not yet ready to return home. Typically, residents spend months 10 through 12 living with relatives or friends and return to the Bessemer facility for aftercare classes and worship services at least twice a month.
While in full-time treatment, residents start and end each day with a Bible study class that discusses living in recovery according to Christian principles. During the middle of the day, typically from 9 am to 5 pm, clients have work therapy in one of The Foundry’s businesses, such as its automotive center, outreach center or thrift store. Residents at the farm work on the grounds. After three months of successful work assignments, residents can apply to work for an outside business one day a week and will be able to keep their earnings.
In lieu of 12-step meetings, residents have a class called Genesis Process, which focuses on a spiritual approach to relapse prevention. They also meet for group therapy once a week to learn CBT skills and have individual counseling as-needed. All clients attend church services at least twice a week.
In all, residents are expected to work 40 hours a week, attend at least 20 hours of recovery classes, have four to six hours of counseling and attend at least 16 hours of church services each week.
The treatment team at The Foundry is made up of counselors with behavioral health and religious training. The Foundry also employs alumni of its program to provide peer support and supervision. Clients in need of on-going dual diagnosis support are not an ideal fit for The Foundry, as the facility doesn’t have the capability to monitor medication or regularly transport clients to outside therapy.
The first Sunday of each month, the facilities offer Families in Recovery, an educational workshop for clients’ loved ones. After three months in treatment, clients can apply for passes to visit family off-campus. For aftercare, clients work with their counselors to create a plan that may include on-going counseling and worship services. They may also apply to stay at affiliated halfway house run by The Foundry.
The Foundry also runs a food pantry program and a re-entry program to help incarcerated men transition to independent living.
Throughout the last 40 years, The Foundry Ministries has made a significant commitment to developing effective faith-based rehabilitation programs for the residents of Bessemer, Alabama and nearby communities. Its Men’s Recovery Program’s two locations offer comprehensive vocational training, Bible study and aftercare counseling, ensuring clients leave with an effective plan for transitioning to independent living.
The Foundry Ministries
Men’s Recovery Program
1804 6th Ave North
Bessemer, AL 35020
The Foundry Farm
575 County Rd 1676
Cullman, AL 35058
The Foundry Ministries Men’s Recovery Program Cost: $995 intake fee; no fees thereafter. Reach The Foundry Ministries Men’s Recovery Program by phone at (205) 428-8449 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Foundry Ministries on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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