The Big Fish Ministries (BFM) team is excited to welcome Vicki Patton as our new Outpatient Services Coordinator. For years, she has been coordinating volunteer groups to host activities for our women’s program and pray over residents. One of Vicki’s primary roles will be helping facilitate eight-week outpatient sessions that consist of peer counseling and individual therapy.

“I’ve always had a heart for broken people, honestly. My husband and I wanted to retire near the beach, but I can’t sit around when someone needs help,” she says.

Vicki was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. As a licensed social worker, she worked for 30 years in varying social work capacities, including consultant work and serving as a state ombudsman — an official appointed to investigate concerns with businesses and public entities and help bring resolution and remediation to problem areas.

Now, in this new capacity, Vicki is rebooting our outpatient programs. The community’s need for this service is great; she spends time reaching out to people on our waiting list, hearing where they are in their recovery journey, and assessing if their needs are a good fit for this particular arm of the ministry.

Vicki acknowledges the Holy Spirit’s leading in bringing her to the Gulf Coast. “You get deeper in relationship with the Holy Spirit each time you follow His plan for your life,” she says. She goes on…

“I love the Lord. He’s the the one I want to please. I’m all-in.”

Outpatient program applications are currently being accepted. You can learn more about our outpatient recovery services by visiting our outpatient program webpage.


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