To help you better understand how I founded the Birds Be Free Foundation, I’d like to share with you my story. As a child growing up here in Crawfordsville, living in fifteen different homes from in a fifteen year span, I witnessed first-hand how the disease of alcoholism affects the family and how it impacts the entire community. My mother suffered from the disease of alcoholism and with her disease came; abandonment issues, neglect, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and no mother to parent her daughters. When we would go to school there was no understanding of what our home life was like. We weren’t allowed to talk about it, it was a secret, and even our mother would promise us that she would stop drinking. That never happened.
I have been faced with addiction my entire life, from a former husband to our adult child. I became aware that I could not fix this on my own, and that it would take an entire community to bring about change. That is how my journey began. During my missionary work in Haiti, I realized I don’t have to go overseas to bring about change, but that I needed to look into my own community to see the earthquake that has taken place in my own backyard.
I started a bible study inside Boone county jail in Lebanon; offering free makeovers and the phone calls started flooding in. I began to see these women were being set free by giving them confidence and empowering them, I was giving them the ability to fly and become the women that they had always dreamed of being. Our goal then became our mission, to help come along side people who want to actively change their lives. To date we have helped empower 14 plus individuals through makeovers and through support. This is how the Birds Be Free Foundation initiative got started, and we are less than one year old.
IT'S ABOUT THEM
- Every day our need for volunteers grows. It is only with the help from generous individuals that we can continue to help more people in recovery. Together we can provide a safe haven where individuals can move forward in their recovery from substance abuse and domestic violence. Together we can create a group of people with open hearts and open arms to embrace those suffering from these issues, to guide them to a brighter future.
Birds Be Free is funded by various means. The first of which is major donations from our prominent sponsors, these donation allow birds be free to greatly expand and develop as a successful non-for-profit. Our second form of financial support is generated from our follower base and their donations which help alleviate any financial strain during the marketing and launching of events.
Birds Be Free is funded by various means. The first of which is major donations from our prominent sponsors, these donation allow birds be free to greatly expand and develop as a successful non-for-profit. Our second form of financial support is generated from our follower base and their donations which help alleviate any financial strain during the marketing and launching of events. Following that we have multiple fund raising events throughout the year to bolster our ability to help more people in recovery from substance abuse and domestic violence.
Birds Be Free is governed by a board of directors with Cindy Crowe as the head chairman of the Board. This board chooses the main path that Birds Be Free will follow as well as choose the use of major life recovery scholarships. Also this board dictates what major events will take place throughout the year.
Donations granted to Birds Be Free are distributed in several ways. The first manner is by granting life Recovery Scholarships to individuals struggling with their recovery. These scholarships provide people with items they need during their recovery. These items could be anything from clothing, food, services, and even a bed to sleep on.
Our Second way our funds are distributed is by hosting various events across the state of Indiana. These events spread awareness of our cause and the conflict these individuals are suffering from. With these events, we seek to bring communities together to accept and help out people recovering from substance abuse and domestic violence.
Lastly Birds be Free seeks to financially support a Half Way house to provide people in recovery a place to go and a means to move forward towards a brighter future. We believe with this house we can make a difference in our community for people who are in need of a helping hand.
The product of Birds Be Free is the ability to give people in recovery hope. We give these people the strength and courage to heal and move forward in their lives. With this gift we not only help one person heal, but we heal families and communities heal as well.