After more than 117 years of ministry to addicted men, America's Keswick entered into a ministry for women struggling to break free from addiction.
Barbara's Place is a house that accommodates 8 women (18+). The home is named in honor of Barbara Bateman the wife of our Board Chairman. Howard and Barbara have graciously served the ministry of America's Keswick in numerous ways for more than 20 years.
The house once served as the home of the former Executive Director William Raws, where he served and raised his four daughters. Renovations on the home were done to accommodate the housing of 8 women, classrooms, offices and a staff apartment. The renovations have successfully turned this single family home into a beautiful and comfortable home for women that are needing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for learning, spiritual growth and community living.
The program is designed to specifically address and meet the needs of women desiring to be free from the bondage of addiction, and firmly rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the saving work of the cross and a personal relationship with Jesus as the only means of salvation and victorious living.
Although we are unable to accommodate children in the home, we desire to give women with or without children every opportunity to succeed at living not just clean and sober but holy, godly lives. Visits with their children, and a program designed to help them in their parenting skills will be a key part of the learning experience. A program for the children will be a part of the program in the near future.
The women will have opportunities to learn and grow through classes held within the home, as well as in the community at large. A portion of the program will include interaction with community volunteers, community organizations and local churches. Each student will also be paired up with a godly mentor from the Christian community to encourage, support, and help them in their personal studies and spiritual growth.
- Women 18 and up
- Physically able to climb stairs and sleep in bunk beds
- Due to the limited number of beds, there will be a thorough application process to select students that will best fit in this home environment for the benefit of all the students in the home
Prior to Admission , the applicant must meet the following requirements
- Open to Biblical teaching and help for hope and healing
- Commit to the abstinence from all tobacco products as well as drugs and alcohol. Only life sustaining medications prescribed by a physician are permitted
- Outstanding legal matters must be resolved before a woman can apply
- Not be pregnant
- Not taking any psychotropic drugs, release from the doctor if they have been weaned off of them to enter the program
- Complete the admission process and supply all needed forms and test results.
- Pay and submit the required admission fees and medical deposit.
To begin the application process, the woman seeking help should contact Barbara’s Place by calling 848-227-4590. A brief phone interview will be conducted to determine eligibility to begin the application process. An application and all the information necessary to complete the admission process will be mailed out at that time. Multiple steps are necessary before approval for intake will be determined.
Women who enter Barbara’s Place will have achieved the following goals as part of the evaluation process for readiness to graduate:
1. A faith connection and a foundation in living the Victorious Christian Life
2. A commitment to substance abuse free living
3. Healthy relationship skills and connection for support and safety planning
4. Personal skills for independent and community living
5. A clear and manageable program of action for their future
- 6 to 12 month residential
- The first phase is 6 months in length, after that time each student will be evaluated and goals set for the next step in their growth and healing.
- She is expected to stay in residence for the second phase up to an additional 6 months, or as recommended by staff. In some cases she will leave after phase one and move into a 12 month covenant phase with a local church.
- All students will be moved into a 12 month covenant relationship with a local church for continued discipleship and training in living the victorious Christian life upon meeting the goals of their residential phase. During this time the goal is that the women find a safe and supportive transition back into the greater community and can meet the challenges that the return to family and community life will bring in a biblically healthy way.
The foundation of the curriculum will be the introduction to a personal saving relationship with Jesus Christ and all teaching will be filtered through the lens of scripture and what it teaches for victorious living.
Spiritual and emotional healing will come through individual counseling with a trained counselor, group sessions, Bible study and memorization, life skills training, work therapy, community building and group activities, fellowship times, and corporate worship.
Community volunteers will lead classes and activities such as painting, creative writing, crafts, cooking, nutrition, sewing, fitness and music.
About America’s Keswick:
Barbara’s Place is located on the campus of America’s Keswick, which was founded in 1897 by William Raws as a spiritual restoration center for men who had become addicted to alcohol. Having been miraculously saved and set free while a dying alcoholic, William Raws gave his life to the purpose of reclaiming men who, like himself, had lost everything through the bondage of drink. With only $1.87, but with unbounded faith in God, he began a work, the results of which only time and eternity with tell. The Colony of Mercy still serves men today and has laid a firm foundation for the new ministry to women.
Besides a place of addiction recovery, America’s Keswick serves as a conference and retreat center for the proclamation of the Word and spiritual growth for the Church. America’s Keswick is nestled in the beauty of God’s creation in the Pinelands of central New Jersey. Two scenic lakes, beautiful wooded grounds, comfortable accommodations, as well as year round recreational facilities all assist in creating an atmosphere conducive for churches, groups, families and individuals to find transformation through the Word and work of Jesus Christ.