Hope Retreats International is the manifestation of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of God within a small group of true disciples of Christ who have been lead by the Holy Spirit to unite their individual God given talents and resources in a united effort to show a hurting world the love Christ our Lord has for it in very practical ways. www.umomaxima.org After browsing through our site and witnessing all we have already accomplished in just ten years through this small group of true disciples of Christ, imagine what we might be able to do if we could get just 5% of the professed Christians in the USA to join us in this effort!
Now Open in Texas!
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary we ask you to join us in an all out effort of addressing our most immediate needs, which is additional housing for our program for troubled and at risk youth in the DFW area. The demand is tremendous, as each and every day more and more youth are abused and either run away or forced out on the streets because of neglect. Many turn to crime in order to support their addictions which have come about because of abuse and neglect simply to kill their pain. At present we have an opportunity to purchase three duplexes in Weatherford at pennies on the dollar, which is about the demand at present for such a Christ centered recovery program if we were to simply have two kids per bedroom in a group home setting. Call Dr. Randall Maxwell now to see how you may help out @ (817)565-7124
For both Males and Females & Females with up to 2 children under age six.
Better than 10 years experience working with addictions and the mentally challenged.
A Place to Call Home
Where you’re surrounded by people who care about you. Where you know you’re safe. That’s what everyone wants and deserves. Hope Retreat is home to many people suffering from a mental illness who cannot meet the current societal demands in the community. We offer a safe, loving supportive environment dedicated to individualized care and personal growth. Hope Retreat bridges the gap between the custodial care of an institution and the demands of independent living.
We specialize in the following;
Mental Health Issues; Using the DSM-IV (The Clinicians Guide to Diagnosis)
Nouthetic Biblical Counseling;
We offer Nouthetic Biblical Counseling to address these issues with a very good success ratio in healing these issues. Why Nouthetic Biblical Counseling?
Biblical counseling, also called nouthetic counseling (from the Greek word noutheteo, meaning “instruct, correct, or admonish”), is believed by some to be a ministry of all Christians that depends solely on their knowledge of the Bible and ability to help others. They cite two Bible passages to support this: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which talks about the usefulness of Scripture for instruction and correction and Colossians 3:16, which expresses the wish that followers will use the word of Christ to teach and admonish each other. While insightful people may be wellsprings of encouragement and wisdom to each other, it can be hard to know. And this stance means that someone calling him- or herself a biblical counselor may be someone with no verifiable qualifications, history of success in dealing with the issue you are facing, or particular training in dealing with teens, let alone struggling teens or your aged loved one.
At the other end of the spectrum are those who consider biblical counseling to be a calling for which training and certification ensures standards. The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) is the certification organization set up to ensure a standard of quality (nanc.org). Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) is another group that provides training in biblical counseling (christiancounseling.com), and Biblical Counseling Institute (BCI) provides a certificate program in biblical counseling.(bcinstitute.com)
It is recommended that you visit one or more of these sites to gain an understanding of the range of meanings attributed to the term biblical counseling prior to making a determination that this would be a useful approach for your loved one. Dr. Maxwell, director of our program, has his Masters Degree in Pastorate ministry with emphasis in Nouthetic Biblical Counseling from Trinity Bible College and Seminary.
Residential Recovery Program
Benefits of Residential Treatment
Residential care works.
We believe in the proven effectiveness of supportive therapeutic communities for people coping with mental health issues.
While varying in style, residential facilities share the following core practices, each practice proven to promote healing that is more likely to be sustained:
Taken together and working synergistically, these practices create a powerful therapeutic community – a healing environment that only exists in a residential setting.
The alternatives to residential care often don’t work.
Residential psychiatric care is a positive alternative to the less productive route that typically starts with a hospital stay. After managing the acute crisis that triggers the admission, hospitals usually do not offer patients enough structure, despite the fact that the majority of people with serious psychiatric disorders do best with a high degree of structure. Equally important, the typical psychiatric hospital stay is not long enough for a patient to develop the necessary skills and habits to function well.
It is well documented that, following discharge from the hospital, many ex-patients do not take advantage of outpatient mental health services, tending to withdraw from these services over time. Nor do the services, themselves, provide the level of structure and protection necessary for a person on the “outside.”
Once discharged, the person typically returns to an isolated lifestyle, either at home, in the community, or on the street. While social isolation may feel comfortable and familiar, it is a negative force that not only impedes the person’s growth toward mental health, but often sends them sliding backwards.
For many people, there is also the issue of medication. Chances are, the patient was discharged from the hospital when they were not yet willing or not yet able (or both) to take their medication regularly. But outpatient services often do not effectively monitor the taking of medication, certainly not over the long haul. Now add the fact that former patients engage less and less with these services over time – and monitoring becomes non-existent.
When a person returns home from a psychiatric hospitalization, the burden of responsibility often falls on the family to provide daily structure and to monitor the taking of medication. Since there is often a history of stressful relations between the family and the troubled person over these very issues, the family’s attempts to help can add to the strain on all involved.
In this isolated and almost treatment-free state, the person’s level of functioning deteriorates. Medication use grows sporadic and often stops. The stage is now set for another hospitalization. In all this time, little or no progress toward growth or recovery has taken place.
There is a high dollar cost for this unproductive cycle. But the human cost is huge – a person who could have quality of life and make a contribution to society is caught in a loop that prevents them from functioning better. . . or even flourishing.
Residential care offers you a way out of this unproductive cycle. It offers you proven resources and approaches for leading a better life.
We believe in a family style environment offering individual goal plans allowing each Resident the room to grow at pace they are able to tolerate. We strive to offer each individual at Hope Retreat the opportunity to be respected and appreciated for who they are, despite their current difficulties. We strive to help individuals explore their potential in a secure protective environment, reminding them that trying and not succeeding is not failure. Although we do not believe in forcing activities on people, we are inclined to heavily encourage activity for both the mind and body.
Someone who may benefit from the kind of structured treatment setting we provide has several of the following characteristics:
• Serious psychiatric problem affecting mood, thinking and/or the ability to manage stress
• Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
• Difficulty managing daily affairs and time
• An addiction or related symptoms: substance abuse problems, compulsive behaviors or eating disorder
• Age 17 and older; male or female.
• Not relying on private insurance, Medicaid/Medicare to cover the fees
• Generally, clients appear to be relatively “high” functioning and have aspirations for continued education and/or employment.
Hope Mental Health Retreat is one of the least expensive Mental Health resident programs in the state of Texas and the United States. We provide all the quality services above for just $1,650 per month. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $350. Scholarships are many times available, depending upon our donors and the demand at the time for those who cannot pay and those who do not have the insurance to pay.
It is our desires and prayers that our Lord lead your heart to join us in this fund raising campaign to at least take care of our most pressing needs at present, which is to at least buy or build at least one more home to make available a place of refuge for these at risk and special needs kids, by sharing the love Christ our Lord has for a hurting world in a very practical way. You may join us by going now and pledging your donation by calling Dr. Randall Maxwell
We hope that our visitor has taken our advice at the top of each of our pages and read the pages entitled “Breaking News as We Celebrate our 10th Anniversary” & “Hope Youth & Evergreen Retreats of Texas” first, as reading in this order makes it easier to understand where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.
We are a relative young ministry and have made our share of mistakes, but there have been many successes as well. Hundreds have come to know Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior as a result of ours and our partners continued determination to show a hurting world the love Christ our Lord has for it in very practical ways.
By reading many of our pages, it is our hope and prayer that our visitor may see our successes as well as what might have been, should have been, and could have been. Many of our retreats were unable to succeed the way we had hoped simply due to lack of community support from the community our retreat resided.