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 Our Story

It was back in 2020 and in the middle of the madness that was COVID 19 that I started feeling that I needed to do more for victims of abuse. I have been one of the lucky ones, having had amazing support and guidance in my healing journey. Now I feel a responsibility to do more for those who find themselves stuck in their trauma, feeling hopeless and abandoned by society. 

When creating Healed and Restored I had the support of some amazing women who were there in the beginning helping with whatever was needed as a foundation team. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude I feel for my dear friends, Catherine Farley, Juliet Hirsch, Sharon Kucia, and Alexandra Stanley Pettit who were so instrumental in those first few years and worked tirelessly and with so much devotion and love for the mission. I am simply amazed at the level of commitment these women have shown and their purest desire to want to help see this program up and running. Even though they are no longer involved in the day to day of the mission, I know I can still count on their love and support. 

Healed and Restored was created to fill a void and a need that has been long overlooked in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area. A program that is 100% dedicated to help women heal their bodies, minds and spirits in the aftermath of abuse and other traumas, with the goal of guiding them to the type of healing that will transform their lives and the lives of those around them. 

The many challenges we are facing in society today have made me realize a lot of different things. One of them is that we were never made to walk through the wildness of our hurts and pain alone. At Healed and Restored we believe that the worst part of suffering is not necessarily the suffering- but suffering alone. We are building a community that is making sure that no women will suffer alone! 

Witnessing the enormous ripple effect that our program is having in our community, makes my heart sing with joy. Through my own journey from victim to survivor I have found that you cannot help but have a deep desire to assist others who are still hurting. 

At Healed and Restored we are building a village of people who are passionate about helping others on their healing journey. We are transforming lives, one heart at a time!

In Christ, with love and gratitude,

Elza

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Our Mission

To provide opportunities and resources for young women to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and healing. Also, to help them understand their identity lies in being a beloved daughter of God.

Our Vision

To help as many young women as possible and transform them into missionary disciples who will give back what they freely received.

Our Philosophy

To help young women free of charge; Not accept state or federal funding or from any individual who would interfere with our freedom to share Christ and his Church; To give a percentage of all donations received to another ministry.

Founder,

Program Director

 Elza Spaedy 

After writing her memoir about her own walk and healing from being abused as a little girl, Elza felt a strong call to get involved in a program that would help young women heal from the devastating trauma of the many different types of abuse. After doing some research and finding out there was nothing like this available in her area, Elza decided to listen to the Spirit’s call to be the one to establish such a program. She desires to show these young women how a return to physical, spiritual, and emotional health is possible. True healing comes through charity, forgiveness, and trust, as well through the sacraments and fellowship of the Church. She truly believes God desires to heal every single one of his beloved daughters. In addition to being an author and public speaker, Elza works as a realtor in the Lake Norman area. She differentiates herself by staging her clients homes at no extra charge to them. She spends her free time volunteering with her family for the many different ministries at their parish of St. Mark. She is married to her husband David of almost 20 years and they have three children. Elza enjoys the outdoors, writing, reading, entertaining, cooking for her family and friends, traveling and the ocean.

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Elza Spaedy understands the trauma that many young girls endure. As an abuse survivor, Elza aches for girls to experience community connection, heart healing and a safe place to receive both. Healed and Restored is such a place. It is a residential counseling and healing program designed to help women with the devastating effects of physical abuse, sexual abuse and sex trafficking. This impactful ministry is a much needed healing balm over a hurting population of the Church.

Carrie Daunt

Author of Undone: Freeing your Feminine Heart from the Knots of Fear and Shame.

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