Four Winds, formerly known as Ministry Village, was incorporated in November 2005 after envisioning a village of community outreach services similar to those provided on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida.
In 2009, Four Winds (formerly Ministry Village) received a grant from the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation to construct a building to house all of the services that were offered. At the completion of the building, the counseling center moved in with five counselors.
Over the past 14 years, we have enjoyed a very close relationship with our local DFCS office and other community support agencies which has allowed Four Winds to offer a number of vital services that breathes life into the most vulnerable, high-risk individuals and families in Walton and neighboring counties. These services include: housing placement, licensed Christian counseling, job placement, DFCS family restoration, outpatient drug therapy, and crisis intervention. In the last two years, our organization has worked to develop a housing and career development program, called the Four Winds Initiative, for youth that are homeless and/or aging out of the foster care system.
What we are doing now!
Our organization at large in the course of 1 year (Aug 2018-Aug 2019):
· Over 1,700 child therapy sessions and 900 adult therapy sessions were offered for healing.
· 27 individuals experiencing homelessness were led into self-sufficiency.
· 20 at-risk individuals were placed into our managed housing.
· 32 adult clients breaking the cycle of addiction were facilitated through intensive outpatient drug rehabilitation.
· 79 families referred to us by DFCS were intervened to prevent the removal of children or to assist them in regaining permanent custody. This assistance included 573 therapy sessions, 358 life skill sessions, and 32 parent-training classes.