Refreshing Springs Outreach is part of Guide Community Health Services, a 501c(3) behavioral health organization that addresses health disparities in the community resulting from problems of poverty and socio-economic injustices, and provides faith and health programs to men, women and children.
Primarily faith-focused, we are a group of ministers, health care practitioners, community leaders, and members of the faith community whose sole purpose is promote the health of our patrons, spirit, mind, and body so that, in unity, God's glory and healing can be experienced by us and communicated through us to a world that desperately needs it.
RSO Assistant Chairlady, Clinical Psychologist & Ordained Minister
Dr. Donna Saunders is a licensed clinical psychologist and ordained minister. She practices in the State of Maryland and specializes in the development and implementation of health prevention programs for children at risk of academic failure, drug involvement, and social/family detachment due to multi-faceted problems arising from poverty and other psycho-socio-economic stressors. She is co-founder and CEO of Guide Community Health Services, a behavioral health organization that addresses health disparities in the community resulting from problems of poverty and socioeconomic injustices.
Dr. Saunders has concentrated her research on the application of religious/spiritual practices in personal and public health prevention with special emphasis being given to the faith community’s role in prevention efforts. Her research concentration has been on tracking the relationship between spirituality and health, and has spoken to a wide range of audiences on this broad topic. Audiences have included Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Wheaton College, George Mason University, the National Institute for Drug Abuse, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Congress of National Black Churches.
Dr. Saunders is co-author of the four-volume reference work, The Faith Factor: A Review of Clinical Research on Spiritual Topics and contributing writer for the Templeton funded Validation of the Laws of Life. Dr. Saunders has served as consultant for the Family Research Council, Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Department of Health and Human Services, the American Association for Counseling and Development, and Howard University Graduate School of Education, to name a few, on the role of religion and spirituality in health and social change.
As an ordained minister, Dr. Saunders wishes to see the people of God fulfill the purposes of God to fill the whole earth with the knowledge of His glory. As a psychologist and pastoral counselor, she desires to be an instrument through whom hurting and confused people can learn, through the knowledge of God, how to enjoy in greater measure, the abundant life that God promises; doing so by aligning themselves with the custom designed, good, and perfect will of God for their lives. The pathway to hope, healing, and health is the alignment with God’s will as an individual, a family, and a community. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:29-30, NIV).
RSO Chairlady, Registered Nurse & Clinical Pastoral Counselor
Jean Leak, MS, RN is a registered nurse and clinical pastoral counselor who serves the Maryland-metropolitan area. She is an ordained minister who has conducted retreats and other faith-based interventions to a wide variety of audiences.
She is co-author of the “Living Free” curriculum entitled One Nation Under God: Toward Race Reconciliation. As co-founder and vice-president of Guide Community Health Services, Rev. Leak has devoted her professional skills to developing and implementing prevention programs for children, women, and families at risk for health and social decline due to the devastating effects of poverty and socio-economic and racial health disparities.
As evangelist and minister, Rev. Leak speaks with a prophetic voice to believers everywhere. She “sounds the alarm”, alerting people of all denominations, ministry professions, and ethnic groups that Christ is soon to return and to prepare for action as we gather the harvest that has been promised in these end-times, utilizing the multiple gifts and opportunities that God has provided.
Her message provides the information and inspiration that is needed to equip and stir up God’s people to do the work of service so that the Body of Christ may be built up and that we all may come into the unity of the faith… and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph.4:12-13).