Fresh Start 4R’s Outreach Service began in 2007 as a service of reconciliation of the broken and outcast, the homeless, families living in shelters, and those seeking employment services, under the then named Restoration for Destiny Ministries, Inc. (RDM), a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Corporation. RDM provided food, clothing, job search assistance, childcare, and additional social services.
The mission continued in Indiana and the surrounding Chicago Areas where we were nominated and selected to Host, the Purdue University's Pregnancy and Parenting Education of Adolescents through Extension (PPEATE), Mothers’ to Be Program. Our 4R’s Daycare Center, hired and assisted 4 daycare assistants, in addition; provided low cost and free daycare to assist families, workshops in employment Application procedures, resumes evaluations and mocked interviews were held. RDM transition to Virginia and our then DBA, Gifts of Help continued to service the homeless with weekly meals on wheels.
Upon Arrival in Virginia, RDM collaborated with other organizations and continued to service the Tidewater area in its services. Our attention focused on families in shelters and their children.
In 2017, Fresh Start Outreach Service was formed to serve families as they transitioned to their own homes. RDM worked diligently with other agencies and business such as (Cinema Café Chesapeake, Virginia 23321, Management Team Walmart-Sam’s Club, Publix) to assist the families. Fresh Start began to explore additional avenues of reconciliation, as many of the family’s father or mother was incarcerated. Fresh Start held symposiums and invited shelters, schools, and other community leaders to support in recognizing children living in shelters, for their high academic achievements and resilience.
The mission of reconciliation continues today as we added an additional service to assist the ex-offenders and their family in their fresh start, inclusive of our newly added 4R’s coaching services.
Dr. Renee E. Sturdivant, is a uniquely chosen prophetic vessel to the nations with an exceptional mandate captivating approach in birthing, developing, and preparing many persons in reaching and fulfilling their God-directed destiny. (Redeem, Restore, Revive, Reconcile)
Upon completing her 20-year Armed Forces commitment, her first assignment was as a counselor at the Chicago Women’s Treatment Center, maintaining a caseload of 12 inpatient clients in a therapeutic environment that serviced over 800 women battling drug & alcohol daily; performed weekly, case management load and intensive verbal and written intake counseling, community collaborations, conducted performance assessments, and follow-ups which resulted in approved social services referrals, Medicaid, and other state programs entitlements.
Dr. Sturdivant accepted the challenge with limited resources to assist in the development of individuals seeking state childcare assistance and employment through life coach mentoring services; Accessed, interviewed and reviewed applications, made state support referrals, and established 4Rs Daycare Center which selected amid many other contenders by Purdue University's Pregnancy and Parenting Education of Adolescents through Extension (PPEATE), for young pregnant or parenting mothers (ages 14-24), to participate as a host venue where they developed rapport and life changing skills for young mothers and pregnant mothers-to-be. This achievement led to the development of "4Rs A Fresh Start," a suite of programs designed to help people who find themselves dealing with life's adversity, to find hope, and resurgence to a better life.
A personal tragedy impacted Dr. Sturdivant in a profound way when her beloved eldest son "J" found himself amid the penal system when he was falsely accused. This gross injustice led to the passing of J. The loss of her son had a profound impact on Dr. Sturdivant's life and work compelling her to channel all her knowledge, experience, and resources, into a Nonprofit that honors "J" and others who face great obstacles in their lives. Fresh Start is guided by a strong mission devoted to helping others in similar situations, find their way back to a place of peace and wholeness.
Arising from a seven-year pit experience, she published one of her many works, “When Red Flags Go Up- A Woman Defined” in 2013. Dr. Renee Sturdivant is a dedicated mother of three children and boasting grandmother of six. To her credit she holds a Master of Human Relations, (MHR) University of Oklahoma, Doctor of Theology and Divinity, National School of Theology, Dover, Delaware, and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies-Minor in Sociology & Government. She is a Professional Certified Christian Life Coach (PCCLC), of P4 Coaching Institute an accredited International Coach Federation (ICF) school. Coupled with many military awards and accolade’s following a twenty-year career service in the Armed Forces (United States Army). Dr. Renee E. Sturdivant is "A 21st Century APOSTLE”.
Her Lifeline scripture: Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do Exceedingly Abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” .
Renee E. Sturdivant, MHR, D.TH, D.DIV, PCCLC