I have a personal belief that the absentee father is the number one problem with life in America. Not just physically absent, but emotionally and spiritually.
– Bill Dotson, Abiding Fathers
One of the greatest gifts we can give families this Father’s Day is a chance for restoration, leading fathers back to their families. Many fathers need help. We can be thankful for the abiding fathers we have in our families, but we also have an obligation to help those families who need their fathers restored.
Much like Abiding Fathers, The Men of Nehemiah subscribe to the belief that just as the cycle of evil perpetuates itself generation to generation and via peer influence, likewise Restoration and Revival do so with even greater vehemence. “Restored Men” lead their families, inspire their communities, empower and restore other men, and serve as a witness of HOPE to the world. The Men of Nehemiah wear military-style uniforms that identify them as disciplined and respected individuals. The Men of Nehemiah engage in active outreach activities including an awe inspiring singing and testimonial presentation that allows the community at-large to witness the power of God in these men’s lives. Presentations take place regularly at local churches and other venues. This outreach effort provides an opportunity to reach other suffering men as well as to engage the community.
The Men of Nehemiah (MON) serves homeless and incarcerated men with addictive disorders by providing:
- Residential accommodations
- Substance abuse treatment through individual, group, and family counseling
- Life-skills and job placement training
- Case management
- An array of other recovery support services
MON is a highly structured recovery program based upon 15 Biblical Principles which embrace the 12-step recovery model. Additionally, MON contains a robust military-style component which provides healthy disciplinary training.
The Men of Nehemiah will commence operations in three cities – Dallas, TX, Fort Worth TX, and New Orleans, LA. These cities are not unlike any other drug or crime infested areas in the United States, but have been selected because of their proximity to current resources and relationships with other service providers. Additionally, MON proposes that full service homeless resource centers will be opened in targeted areas to serve the general homeless population. These centers will provide an array of services including but not limited to weekly/daily community feeding and clothing ministry, worship services, 12-step recovery meetings, medical and mental health services, shower facilities, locker and mail services, and counseling services. These services will allow MON staff an opportunity to offer spiritual aid to transient clients. Each service will be incrementally phased in. The clients of the MON residential treatment program will be supervised and trained to administer the daily center operations. Some MON residential clients will be treated in a rural setting which will allow them to escape surroundings that may adversely affect their recovery. Such an atmosphere is often needed for effective restoration. Men in this setting will engage in therapeutic farm work which will produce food items that can be distributed and sold to further the MON mission and to help with operational cost.
The Men of Nehemiah is a Christian Community Service movement designed to rebuild lives of families using leadership principles in the Bible.