HOW WE DO IT

400 Studies Conclude a success rate of 40%-60% in most faith-based programs

- National Center for Biotechnology Information

Local support system. Proven curriculum. Weekly meetings. Programs for kids. Leaders who really care. At Reformers Unanimous our only goal is to see people’s lives transformed.

Reformers Unanimous is a faith based, Christ-centered addictions program that directs the addicted back to God’s support group – the local church. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, RU now has more than 900 chapters around the world helping people break the chains of addiction.

The Ypsilanti Chapter

Our local chapter meets each Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Southside Baptist Tabernacle of Ypsilanti, illinois where stories of victory are shared, groups and individuals are personally counseled from God’s Word, and lessons are taught on overcoming temptation. Nurseries and programs for children allow RU to minister to the entire family.

Program Overview

Stories of Victory
RU tired of hearing the “war stories” of people who have no real freedom in their life? If so, try RU! Every week, our students share how God has changed their lives through real-life, relevant stories. This weekly forty minutes of encouraging testimonies will get your weekend started off just right. View some amazing success stories.

Great Teaching
RU tired of talking about problems and doing nothing about them? If so, try RU! Every RU class ends with a 30-minute teaching lesson that will expose valuable Bible principles that are integral to your recovery process.

Complete Curriculum
RU tired of being told what is right and not being given the tools to determine what is right? If so, try RU! We have one of the best comprehensive discipleship curriculum in America. It is one of the best selling, too! Thousands of people have used our curriculum to learn the Truth about addictions and Christian apathy.

Motivational Awards
RU tired of trying to find the stamina to do the right thing in the face of mounting adversity? If so, try RU! We will not only encourage you and help you to do the right thing, but we will also motivate you to do so. Though an award system is just a small way of doing this, it is evidence of a program that believes in acknowledging accomplishment and rewarding participation.

Free Personal Counseling
RU tired of having to get advice from people who know little about your struggles? RU tired of having to pay hourly fees to hear yourself talk? If so, try RU! We offer free group and individual spiritual counseling on a wide variety of topics from addiction, to marriage, finances, family, and many other areas. You will have a leader, a helper, a director, and even the pastor available as your own personal counselors during times of urgent need.

Well-Trained Local Leadership Staff
RU tired of attending programs where the leaders and volunteer workers have the same problems as you? If so, try RU! Our leaders have been made free from the power of sin and can openly speak about it. They do not seek anonymity. They earnestly proclaim that Jesus is the reason for their freedom, and they have been well trained to use our program and its tools to get that salvation message to you and to those whom you love.

Clean, Well-Staffed Nurseries
RU tired of programs that will not care for your little ones? If so, try RU! Those programs say “come as you are.” But you “are” a family; you should be able to come “as a family.” If churches can offer free nurseries, then why can’t an addiction program? Our clean nurseries are well staffed by volunteers of the hosting church. These volunteers have been screened and trained; and they will love your children because they love children!

Free Transportation
RU tired of trying to find a ride to places that are wanting to and waiting to help you? If so, try RU! We want to pick you up and will do so for almost every one of our weekly meetings, if necessary. Though some exceptions may apply, our trained drivers are here for those of you who may be without a car or license. No questions will be asked, except your address, of course!

Weekly Fellowship Time
RU tired of being alone absent of any good friends with whom you could fellowship? If so, try RU! RU offers its own “Happy Hour” fellowship time at the conclusion of Friday meetings. As well, our Sunday and mid-week meetings usually offer multiple opportunities to fellowship with your fellow students and leaders. Fellowship is “R” specialty, what about “U”? Then join RU! Visitors, the RU Happy Hour is an optional part of our Friday night class. Refreshments and food are usually served, and served well.

Residential Treatment Centers
RU tired of trying to find residential treatment that is effective and affordable? If so, try RU! We operate a beautiful 100-bed facility for men and a gorgeous 40-bed facility for women at our headquarters in Rockford, Illinois. We are also aware of many RU type transitional homes that may be available for your use. Please visit www.ruhomes.org to learn more information about our homes and to download an application.

Multi-Meeting Assemblies Weekly
RU tired of not being able to find a meeting when you need one? If so, try RU! We offer two to three meetings every weekend and even some during the week. Plus, we offer many activities and service opportunities for our students. Please see your RU director to find the times and days of our meetings and the hosting church’s service times.

Local Church Support
“I am here to tell you that I am not tired any more. However, if it was not for my church, I would either be dead or a dying drug addict today!” I believe, as does your hosting church’s pastor, that the local church is God’s support group. It is designed by God to meet the spiritual needs of all people. When the spiritual needs of people are met, then other needs fall in line and become easier to manage. As a program, we strongly encourage you to visit the church that hosts this meeting for addicted people. For something must be different about this church if they are so willing to have this program for you. Why aren’t others?

Professional Recommendations

Reformers Unanimous Program is an accepted alternative to other twelve step programs for fulfilling court ordered conditions of probation. I am currently the
Presiding Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Court. As you know our Drug Court is a response to a substantial increase of drug addiction and the impact on the criminal justice system.

Reformers Unanimous integrates a high level of supervision and substance abuse treatment in a controlled environment and is committed to the success of all participants. With the assistance of this program participants recover from substance abuse and become productive members of society. While presiding in Drug Court I have observed the commitment and change of life style that participants have experienced. In addition, those who complete your program recognize responsibility, accountability, discipline and a positive attitude and become reintegrated into the community.

JUDGE RONALD WHITE
17th Circuit Court
Winnebago County Illinois

When Reformers Unanimous was introduced to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center it  filled a much needed void. I have never seen a program transform a facility the way R.U. did. The program not only enlightens the lives of the incarcerated that we administer to but also the way the staff interacts with them. In my twenty years in corrections and law enforcement, I have never seen a program captivate a facility in this manner. The Reformers Unanimous staff has brought a ray of hope and love to this detention center as well as to the surrounding community. Individuals who have been repeat offenders for many years have been transformed from their addictive behavior. These individuals are returning to society as productive citizens and are, returning to the facility to mentor to those still incarcerated. Needless to say, I am a strong advocate for a Reformers Unanimous program in every community.

LT. BERNARD SALANDI
Rutherford County Sheriff s Department
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

One of the biggest challenges facing the offender population today is accessing substance abuse treatment and skill building for a life of recovery. TASC and Reformer’s Unanimous have been working together to reduce recidivism by ensuring that as clients reenter the community they are engaged in activities that are administered by Reformers Unanimous. This not only benefits the clients personally but it also benefits the community by producing productive, employable, and stable citizens. TASC has referred clients to Reformer’s Unanimous and has seen very positive results. Communication has been comprehensive, detailed, and thorough, which has ensured that the clients are involved in a seamless system. It is evident that Reformers Unanimous is an asset to our community and an important connection for offenders who are released from jail.

BRIDGET KIELY
Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities
Rockford, Illinois

“I have been working with hurting people since 1962 and I’ve seen a lot of patients coming out of treatment programs. I find that Reformers Unanimous’ recovery rates are much better than other treatment options. Reformer’s faith based approach is beneficial to the recovery of patients, as are the learned cognitive behavioral skills. I would recommend RU to anyone looking for a recovery program that works.”

DR. CLANCY D. MCKENZIE M.D.
Psychiatrist and Author
Philadelphia, PA