If you can relate to these sentiments, you might be interested in what we have to offer:
"I have made some bad choices, but I am not a bad person."
"Over and over I tell myself today is the day - and then it's not."
"I hated myself. I hated God. I hated the world."
"We need people to tell us that it is okay to love ourselves."
"When you chase recovery as hard as you chased the drug, you have a chance."
We believe and we want you to believe with us!
We want to be the other choice. An opportunity for "a better life". It is our goal to help you win the battle against your addiction. Our approach is participant-driven, faith-based and compassion-filled. We offer a judgment-free safe zone where you can be as honest and transparent as you choose, and not be condemned for doing so.
Understand that the others who attend can relate to where you are, and how hard it is to climb out of the hole you've found yourself in. These fellow strugglers will soon become your friends and family.
Our door is always open - you need only take the first step and walk through it. Whether we're your first choice or your last hope, we believe we can make a difference in your life.
Team Hope offers a chance to those who thought there were none left. We believe that the improbable can be done immediately, though the impossible may take a little while longer. Together, with Christ, we are changing lives.
We encourage transparency, honesty, vulnerability and
boldness. We provide a space for you to have your own opinion.
In pure Jesus style, we will show you that we care more about the addict than the addiction; the struggler than the struggle; and more about your today than your yesterday.
Because of the effort being made by so many, we are seeing an incredible ripple effect. We are witnessing lives being transformed, families coming together, parents getting their children back; certain legal charges being dropped or delayed; employment being found; children improving in school; and communities are undergoing positive change.
This group happened because of one young woman, and her struggles with addiction. Brianna DiBattiste was much like most other young women her age. She grew up in a small town. She was a cheerleader, played softball, loved spending time with family and hanging out with her friends. She usually made friends easily and would give a stranger the coat off her back if they were cold. She showed an unconditional love and concern for those around her. But, like you and me, she was far from perfect. Unfortunately, she made a bad choice and experimented with drugs at a very young age. It was then that heroin began to take control of her life. She tried rehab several times in an attempt to beat her addiction, but the temptation was too much for her. She felt she had no other choice but to continue using.
One evening in June 2014, Brianna left her home to meet a "friend". But she didn't come home that night. Calls and texts to her phone went unanswered. Sadly that was the last time anyone in her family would see her again. After several months of hoping and searching, her body was found in a somewhat secluded and wooded area in Jay County. Although it wasn't the outcome her family had hoped for...finally, she was home.
During the time she was missing, Brianna's mother had found a note that Brianna had written. It was a prayer to God.
In the note, she begged the Lord to help her find a better life for her and her family. It was this prayer that would plant the seed for "A Better Life" to grow.
After leading the memorial service, Pastor Randy Davis approached Brianna's family about the idea of establishing a faith-based addiction support group in her memory. A few months later, on November 5, 2014, "A Better Life - Brianna's Hope" was formed. What began as a small neighborhood group meeting in a quiet rural town with 22 in attendance, has grown to a full-fledged non-profit organization with 36 chapters 24 counties throughout most of Indiana and 8 chapters in 4 Ohio counties. Brianna's Hope has been blessed with the opportunity to assist more than 1,225 people with finding and receiving detox and/or rehabilitation services that they otherwise would not have been able to afford.
Yet none of this would be possible without the support of the countless volunteers, neighbors, and friends, as well as the many organizations we continue to partner with in our communities. It is people like you who can help us save lives so that no one has to become a victim of their addiction. Believe with us, that together we can help others find a better life.
Meet Team Hope
I am Randy Davis, the founder and the Executive Director of ABLBH. Early on in my life, I recognized my desire to help those who might be struggling. I have been blessed with experiences that have fed my hunger. I believe in encouraging others before they believe in themselves. Thus, ABLBH believes in you.
It was June of 2014 when God first burdened my heart with the needs of those battling addiction. God used Brianna's experiences, story, and life to touch me in a way unlike He never has. Then He began opening doors and creating opportunities that showed me together we would make a difference. So here we are changing lives and saving lives. For certain God gets the glory but without so many feet and hands moving for Him we would not have the impact that we have!
Join us and believe with us!
Hi! My name is Gina Raines. I am the office manager and the executive board treasurer for ABLBH. I am very passionate about my work with A Better Life-Brianna’s Hope. I have witnessed firsthand how addiction can destroy lives and families. My family has fought this deadly disease for many years. I am forever grateful for the treatment and support provided to our family through ABLBH.
I have been a foster parent for 13 years. All the children who have come to us have lived through addiction. I have seen how addiction affects the lives of these children and how their innocence is lost. I want to be able to help these parents learn the necessary skills to regain custody of their children. I have graduated with a degree in Human Services and Addiction Studies. I am also a Certified Peer Recovery Coach with the Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition. I have always felt the need to help others and am blessed to be a part of this organization.
Hello! My name is Kandi Sapp. I am the secretary for the ABLBH office in Portland, IN. I am a Jay County native and I have always known I wanted my career to involve helping others. I graduated with my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2019. I am married, have kids, and love music.
I have witnessed how fast obstacles can dim our light when we feel there is no hope and we're alone. I also have seen just how fast that spark can be reignited with support and resources best fit for the individual. I am honored to help bring hope to those who feel they have been left in the dark.
I have also experienced personally how addiction can affect every part of your life. I want to be able to help those struggling find the skills and resources they need to let their true potential shine. . I am very proud to join the ABLBH team in the battle against substance use disorder.
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