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. It opened its Women’s Recovery Program in 2008.
The Women’s Recovery 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 a dental clinic and thrift store. The Foundry also operates a nearby residential program for men and an additional men’s program on a farm in Cullman, Alabama.
Accommodations and Food
The women’s residence is located in downtown Bessemer. Its four floors house up to 55 women at one time. Clients reside in rooms with bunk beds, and most rooms house four or six women.
Electronics are not permitted in treatment, except for bedside clocks.
Clients have daily chores around the facility and must keep their rooms clean. A kitchen staff provides all meals in a cafeteria, and the facility has a TV room and small workout room for recreation.
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 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 which discusses living in recovery according to Christian principles. During the middle of the day, typically from 9 am to 4:30 pm, clients have work therapy. Work therapy assignments usually start out with clients performing duties in The Foundry’s thrift shop. If they are successful in that assignment, they can submit letters of interest to receive assignments to work in The Foundry’s business offices or dental clinic.
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 attend church services twice a 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.
Residents can take shopping trips on weekends to buy supplies for the week. The staff also organizes recreational trips such as hiking and sporting events. Family members can visit on Thursdays and Sundays. For aftercare, clients work with their counselors to create a plan that may include on-going counseling and worship services.
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 Women’s Recovery Program provides extensive vocational training and helps clients successfully transition to independent living through its transitional phase and aftercare planning.
The Foundry Ministries
Women’s Recovery Program
1800 4th Ave North
Bessemer, AL 35020
The Foundry Ministries Women’s Recovery Program Cost: $995 intake fee; no fees thereafter. Reach The Foundry Ministries Women’s Recovery Program by phone at (205) 425-7737 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Foundry Ministries on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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