Obie Bussey is an accomplished Nonprofit Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience in the Substance Abuse arena. Obie presently serves as the Executive Director of the Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (ARM). Over 5,000 men and 800 women have had their lives impacted by coming through this program under Obie’s direction.
During his tenure at ARM, Obie is credited with implementing a variety of special programs to better equip clients with addiction as well as their families. ARM’s Aftercare and Intervention programs were each created after he noticed a need in the program graduates for more support managing their lives post-graduation. Additionally, Obie established a “Family Meeting” ministry which helps to educate the clients’ family members on the recovery process. Moreover, the Family Meeting aids in healing broken relationships and provides a non-threatening environment for fellowship.
In 2016, teaming with a dedicated group of like-minded volunteers, Obie established WARM (Women Adult Rehabilitation Ministry), as a residential drug recovery program specifically for women.
In 2018, Obie’s most recent venture sought to reach a broader audience of people suffering from addiction and provide support through ARM’s programs. He has partnered with local Drug Courts and Veteran’s Courts to provide substance abuse care, as well as a suite of other related services, including certified Anger Management, Battering Intervention and Prevention, and Mental Health Peer Specialist programs.
Obie also teaches spiritual-based recovery classes and is a well-established counselor and motivational speaker. A coffee lover, avid reader, and walking enthusiast, Obie has five children and lives in the Dallas, TX suburbs with his wife, Melody.
Cynthia began her journey with the Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (ARM) as a volunteer in 2006 shortly after retiring in 2005 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the opening of the newly constructed Gate House building.
In 2008 Cynthia served as the Office Manager, over seeing the daily operations of the building and grounds along with helping coordinate special fund-raising events for the program.
After eleven years, in 2017 Cynthia became the director of the Women Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (WARM), which open in 2016 as a residential inpatient treatment facility. The WARM ministry falls under the umbrella of ARM, duplicating their curriculum educating women on a new way to live.
Cynthia’s lived experience comes from seeing family members struggle with the deceased of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Her heart has always been serving others. One of her gifts is that of encouragement, empathy and a strong commitment to help women build self-esteem. Cynthia loves sharing the word of God through her biblical teaching and positive attitude that lives are better when placed in the hand of God. Loving those that others deem unlovable. In the past four years as the director of WARM, Cynthia has witnessed ninety-five plus women lives change, grow spiritually, regain custody of their children, get jobs, and learn how to live a sober and clean life. To keep the WARM clients engaged after they have successfully graduated from the program, Cynthia initiated an Alumni group that enables them to meet once a month to update each other and share with the women in primary on life after the Gate.
Cynthia is a people person and believes the lack of communication is the cause of conflict. She and her husband Andrew of 33 years have four grown children, three girls and a son, eight grandchildren. She loves to travel, learn new things and was an advent bible student of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for four years.
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