If you're from an Amish background and looking to leave the church, there are other ex-Amish who want to help you. Whether you need practical support transitioning out of the Amish life or you just want to take courage from stories of other Amish who left the church, we hope you find comfort and guidance here. You can also see our main Resources page for more helpful information relating to mental health, crisis care, and LGBTQ resources.
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Amish Heritage Foundation ~ If you have an Amish background, this nonprofit exists to help you transition out of the church and recover mentally and emotionally, no matter how long ago you left. Former church-member and founder Torah Bontrager advocates for fellow Amish with compassionate secular values. If you need help finding housing, finishing your education, or you'd like another ex-Amish person who understands your journey to menor you, see their aid resources. They also provide financial assistance through their scholarship fund. Check out their podcast or donate to help Amish people get mental health services, education, and employment skills.
RAINN ~ The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is America's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Many religions like the Amish Church blame victims and cover up sexual violence. If you've been assaulted, it is not your fault. If you need help, call RAINN's hotline or use their online chat.
Safe Place ~ Are you under 18 and don't know where to turn for help? Start with finding a free place to stay and counseling services.
Amish Descent Scholarship Fund ~If you've dreamed of finishing your education but you don't know how you'll be able to afford to, you can apply for a scholarship from this organization founded by a small group of ex-Amish folks. Check out this short video about one of the founders who attained her dream of becoming a nurse!
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Could you use the help of a counselor or therapist as you process your journey out of the Amish Church and lifestyle? Though not many organizations exist specifically to help Amish, you can always visit our main Resources page for mental health, crisis, and cult information. There are people with experience helping others leave isolated spiritual communities, and they want to help you, too. We applaud your courage and want to assist in whatever ways we can, so let us know in the Forum if there is something specific you're looking for! We'll do our best to help.