Candace Wheeler founded Restoration Ministries in 2003 as a lay ministry to survivors of sex trafficking in the DMV. The ministry provided Bible studies and therapeutic art and movement programs at the DC jail, youth detention center, psychiatric hospital, on the streets, and a youth residential facility for nine years. With the completion of her graduate education in clinical counseling, the organization rebranded to Restoration 1:99 in 2015 to better serve those healing from complex trauma. Today, R1:99 provides clinical and non-clinical programs and services to survivors of complex trauma (military, sexual abuse/trafficking, community violence, bullying, DV, etc.) and their support system.
Restoration One Ninety-Nine has three main focus areas:
1) Clinical Counseling
2) Economic Empowerment
3) Advocacy and Support
We are licensed mental health providers and expressive artists, trained in a variety of treatment modalities, addressing the various levels of complex trauma, including sexual trauma for adults and adolescents.
For people who have been inflicted with traumatic physical, emotional and/or spiritual pain, the ultimate challenge is to help the survivor find meaning or value from the trauma. We believe we are treading on holy ground - a sacred place - a human being whose heart and soul have been ripped apart. The road to recovery is often long and frequently unpleasant. There are no quick and easy answers in the healing process. It is a privilege and an honor to walk alongside survivors on their journey to wholeness.
Our mission is to provide a holistic approach to aid in the restoration of survivors of complex trauma/trafficking so they may live responsibly and productively with purpose, hope and dignity!
To serve the greater Washington, DC area as a leading provider of a continuum of therapeutic services and life skills training needed to help restore the lives of those with complex trauma.
We offer clinical services to adolescents and adults desiring healing from complex trauma, including human trafficking, sexual assault/abuse, domestic violence, bullying, military trauma, gender identity issues, etc.
In order for survivors to heal, it’s essential for them to have a healthy environment that will allow them to grow. To this end, we offer friends and family members of survivors workshops and seminars to help them increase their knowledge and skill base so that they can create a healthy environment for their loved ones.
We offer training and equip churches and community organizations that come alongside survivors of trauma. Many individuals lack the knowledge of how our heavenly Father created us (physiology) and how the body heals. True theology and true science always support one another. R1:99 is able to bring these seemingly polar opposites together so that helpers have the tools to be vessels of healing and "go the distance."
Restoration 1:99 bases its identity in Christ, focusing on the intimacy of a personal relationship with Jesus to transform lives.
Code of Ethics
Restoration 1:99 abides by ethics from the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)