Episode 23: The Trauma Informed Church: Guest Suzanne Burns

Diana WinklerCharity, Christianity, Episodes, mental illness, Physical Violence, sexual abuse, shame

How do you help a girl with a crisis pregnancy? Should you give money to the homeless man on the corner? We will find answers to these questions and more with our guest Suzanne Burns of Foundation House Ministries. Suzanne talks candidly about the inspiration behind starting Foundation House and her own crisis pregnancy. She shares the joys and challenges of running a maternity home: loving those with drug addiction, poverty, and sexual trauma; training the ladies to run a business, and eventually seeing girls come to know the Lord Jesus. We identify what exactly is a poverty mindset and how to get rid of that mentality. We finish the episode with a challenge to The Church and to Christians to become more trauma informed and reach this community with love, compassion and understanding, instead of condemnation. Suzanne’s new book The Trauma Informed Church is tentatively scheduled for release April 2021. Sign up for her mailing list to be notified and receive free copies of some of her other resources: The Accidental Social Worker and Five Ways To Strengthen Your Ministry Without Breaking The Bank!




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Suzanne’s Bio:

I have a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Studies from Lee University, Cleveland, TN. I’m a Certified Family Trauma Professional. And a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. I also serve on the Executive Council for the National Maternity Housing Coalition as well as the Leadership Council for the Southeast Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

I am Founder and Executive Director of Foundation House Ministries, a faith-based maternity home and training program for pregnant and parenting women in critical situations. 

I love to speak regionally and nationally on the multi-faceted topics of chronic poverty, trauma, and addiction.

My husband, Tim, and I reside in Cleveland, TN, with our younger son, Ethan. Our older son, Kaden, my own crisis pregnancy, is a US Marine, stationed stateside and married to his best friend.