Jesus has the power to heal
Healing from triggers, recovery from shame. Safe places to gain stability.
Faith-based sober communities with edifying, fun activities.
I came to 7 Bells after spending 19 months living within the confines of a strict structured treatment program. I had no home, family or community to return to. I have not only found a home but a family within a community that has brought safety, healing, and restored hope and purpose for a future. Our home is a sanctuary and a place of love and belonging. There is no where else I would rather be than exactly where I am. My every day is full of life that I love.
I’ve been through multiple treatments both inpatient and outpatient. I’ve completed some and left some too soon. I’ve been to a handful of sober housing programs and halfway houses but none that compare to 7 bells. When I came to 7 Bells I didn’t have much hope and very little support. I wasn’t seeing my son and didn’t have a great relationship with my mom. In the 4 months I’ve been here, I’ve learned so much about Jesus, the power of prayer, have met the most amazing women, gained support from amazing people, and most of all my family is being restored. I now get unsupervised visits with my son and am capable of communicating in a healthy way with my mom. When I come across a struggle I reach out to the women in my community for support and advice. You’ll never find a community quite like the 7 bells community.
- 7 Bells saved my life. I was in a dark place and I was alone. I came home and I was received with unconditional love. The difference here is it's not a "sober house." It's a house where women (who happen to be working on sobriety) are taught, nurtured and discipled. We are shown love (through the example of our servant-leaders), we are shown grace. We are directed to the Word in all matters. In this process we learn to love each other and ourselves. I cannot stress enough the importance of what is happening here. We are being pulled from the pit of death and destruction, in turn we are being built up to help others out of that same pit...one precious life at a time.
Since moving to 7 Bells I have found real community. Women who truly care that actively support each other in our every day walk with Christ. 7 Bells has given me a safe place to grow. I am finally sustaining balance and integrity in my life. I am truly grateful for my sisters and leaders here.
“[7 Bells] made a huge impact in my life. [Wendy was] running the women’s sober living home that I used to own. I watched her work with those women…the amount of time, energy and love she showed them was amazing. Whether doing well or struggling, she showed them only love and compassion and led them in making their futures better.”
“I have rarely met another human being who has been so dedicated to saving the lost as Wendy is. She is relentless in sharing hope. Wendy is 100% on, day and night…she is a lighthouse.”
Chaplain, Shakopee Prison
“I am blessed to have [Wendy] as my spiritual mentor. She has helped me completely break free of my past trauma, religious abuse and helped me get closer to Christ than ever before. Fearlessness, honesty, loyalty, selflessness, non-judgment, LOVE and understanding are some of the qualities I respect most about Wendy [she helped me] get free from the slavery of addiction permanently.”
“I met Wendy at Teen Challenge, my brother told me that she is a miracle worker. I was shy to say hi but once I did she sat down with me and talked to me like I was a person, not a number or not like she was better and that was so heart-warming. She said I was very special to her and at the time she didn’t know how much that meant to me. She helped me work through so many issues that I faced mentally and spiritually. Wendy will truly listen to you and she has the biggest heart for you too.”