Blue Monarch is proud to announce the retirement of the organization’s property debt, which began in 2003 at nearly $1 million. Blue Monarch is a local, long-term residential recovery program for women and their children who are overcoming the effects of abuse and addiction.
“We are overjoyed that we have reached this point and it was only through God’s abundant provision and all the generous folks He sent our way that we have been able to reach this enormous milestone,” says Susan Binkley, founder and director.
Howell and Madeline Adams from Beersheba secured the original bank note for the 50-acre property with three homes, and Blue Monarch has been diligently chipping away at this debt for the past ten years. “As you can imagine, for a small non-profit in a rural area, this was challenging while we also raised the funds we needed to operate year to year,” says board chair, Henry Crais. “But this will mean we can now focus on ways to expand and serve even more families. The entire board is excited about that.”
Blue Monarch has provided a safe sanctuary to over 500 women and children since they opened their doors in 2003.
Two recent gifts were instrumental in establishing some rapid momentum toward eliminating the debt. The South Cumberland Community Fund granted Blue Monarch $10,000 in 2013, which was requested to reduce the debt below $100,000 and motivate others to give. This strategy resulted in an unexpected gift of $44,000 from an anonymous donor, which made a giant leap toward the finish line.
The Blue Monarch facility is located on a 50-acre farm, which was formerly a bed and breakfast near Monteagle. The isolated rural location is part of what makes the Blue Monarch program unique as it creates a healing atmosphere for hurting women and children and promotes a healthy lifestyle where children can play with farm animals and enjoy the outdoors. “Often women cry when they see our place for the first time because they can’t believe someone would provide such a beautiful home for them,” says Binkley. “This is a special place and they can feel it the minute they step onto our property.”
“We plan to celebrate God’s tremendous blessings and honor the folks who helped make this happen on Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. We hope our friends and supporters will join us for this very special day,” says Henry Crais. The event will take place at the Blue Monarch campus. For more information or directions, contact Alicia@bluemonarch.org or call 931-924-8900. www.bluemonarch.org. Pictured is Founder, Susan Binkley, celebrates with Journey Alexander, the youngest Blue Monarch resident.