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Causes: Crime & Law, Half-Way Houses for Offenders & Ex-Offenders, Inmate Support, Job Training, Protestant, Religion

Mission: The mission of Beauty for Ashes Ministry is to drastically reduce recidivism by providing Christ centered classes and support for prisoners and ex-offenders that help them discover who God is and who He has designed them to be.

Results: Beauty for Ashes Reentry has a 90% success rate. The recidivism rate for inmates that successfully complete the Beauty for Ashes Reentry program is less than 10%. Compare this rate to the Missouri recidivism rate of 43%.

Target demographics: prisoners transform their lives and transition back into their communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 inmates in Missouri and Kansas

Geographic areas served: Missouri and Kansas

Programs: Beauty for Ashes Reentry housed in a Missouri Women's prison, and outreach at Lansing Correctional Center through worship services, family banquets, inner healing classes, sports tournaments, and concerts.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I PARTICIPATED IN BEAUTY FOR ASHES WHILE I WAS INCARCERATED AND BEFORE I LAERNED ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, MY LIFE WAS OFF TRACK AND SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL FAST. I HAD RUINED RELATIONSHIPS AND LOST PEOPLE THAT I DEARLY LOVED. I HAD TRIED EVERY TREATMENT POSSIBLE AND NON OF THEM HELPED ME. BFA NOT ONLY HELPED ME FIND GOD AND TELL ME ABOUT A WHOLE LOT OF WONDERFUL THINGS THAT THE LORD HAS TO OFFER, THE PROGRAM AND THE AMAZING PEOPLE IN IT HELPED E FIND MYSELF AND RE ESTABLISH ALL OF TOSE THOUGHT TO BE DESTROYE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND CHILDREN. SINCE I HAVE BEEN A PART OF BEAUTY FOR ASHES MINISTRY, AND LET GO AND LET GOD HELP ME THROUGH MY ISSUES, MY LIFE HAS DARASTICALLY CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.....AND I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT BEAUTY FOR ASHES AND ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM HAD A HUGE PART IN THAT AND THEY ALSO HELPED ME REALIZE THAT I CAN'T DO IT ON MY OWN BUT WITH THE LORDS HELP, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE....I FULLY SUPPOT BFA AND ALL THAT IT DOES FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been a part of Beauty for Ashes and have seen how their program has changed lives. They introduce inmates to Jesus Christ and how He can be an active role in their lives. They provide programs to better improve social skills, and prepare the inmates for life on the outside. Showing the inmates how to deal with their past failings. How to deal with the incarceration.

1 Amber78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty for Ashes is by far my favorite charity to work with. Not only are they impacting the lives of prisoners & helping them transition outside of the prison system, but it impacts the lives of the volunteers as well. My life changed the day I went to prison & was covered in prayer by a group that was incarcerated - to see & experience that type of humanity impacted my faith so much. I went to help teach them about Christ & experience a church service, I walked out with a whole new perspective on life. Anybody looking to volunteer to change lives & also be impacted themselves I would highly recommend BFA. They are amazing.

1 Kelly182

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Beauty for Ashes and observed first hand how it is truly changing lives and making a positive impact!

1 Melissa285

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen Beauty For Ashes in action and I must say it is amazing to watch these people do what the Lord has called them to do. A lot of time people want to forget the ones that are in prison and tag them as no good, Beauty for Ashes goes in and not only treats these people as people but teaches them that they are loved and wanted. If you are looking for a group to help out or to support in any way this is it. Keep up the great work Beauty for Ashes crew.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very exciting group to work with. If you want to see God in action, visit the prisons with Beauty for Ashes. HE ALWAYS shows up!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've done a lot of events with this organization, both inside the prison, and outside in re-entry, and have seen many lives touched and changed in the process.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry has changed my life. My name is Nikki Matney and I actually went through the Beauty for Ashes program in Vandalia, Mo. This ministry has taught me that there is an amazing and loving God that is intimately involved with every detail in my life. Once released, the volunteers in the ministry and Gina herself served as an encouraging and exhorting support system and helped me abundantly in regards to reintergrating into society. I now, by the grace of God, have started my own business, have sole custody of my kids, and am volunteering in Shawnee County correctional facility helping ladies like myself,deal with addiction while encouraging recoveryin their lives. So this ministry is actually part of a ripple effect in the lives of hurting people all over. I'm writing this review and praying to God in hopes they receive this blessing to be able to continue blessing others!

2 Barbie Harmon B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BFA Changed many lives, I spent 36 months in this program and I miss it everyday, Sisterhood and family are the gifts I got while being here.... Till this day 3 years after I know they are all a call or click away. Love you all.

3 Beverly24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot tell you how much God is all over this ministry! I was there at the beginning when there were just 5 of us and I cannot believe how far and how fast this ministry has grown! It has become a real contender in the battle against recidivism, unlike any other that I have known personally! Great things are happening and the staff is amazing! Recently I had to move away from Kansas City, and even down here in the Ozarks I met someone who is involved with Gina's ministry and tells me all kinds of great success stories. This ministry should be in every prison everywhere and this world might roll out a whole lot of reformed lives!