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February 16, 2012

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February 16, 2012

I was once an resident of beauty for ashes. It is an great organization to help the homeless women and children. I really appreciate them to open their door to help me to learn and go. I wish all business help beauty for ashes, the money and donation will help the ladies in need

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 3, 2011

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December 3, 2011

I teach the FNP (Family Nutrition Program) classes through Purdue Extension. I have worked with Beauty for Ashes for years. I go in to teach a group or an individual the nine-lesson series. The focus is on quick, inexpensive, healthy meals. They spend time learning nutrition information and then we prepare meals together. Over the years, the women have reported to me that they benefit from the program by eating healthier and saving money. Most of the women in the house are always very thankful for the information and the time we spend together. I have also observed changes in the women as they live there and partake in the classes and the daily routines of the house. They become more assertive, outgoing, and in control of their lives. The staff at Beauty for Ashes is very supportive by providing resources and expecting the clients to benefit from those resources. I always enjoy imparting knowledge with the women and I, in turn, always get a need met.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 2, 2011

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December 2, 2011

This is a life changing ministry. The leaders are very dedicated and reach out to the community by encouraging participation in numerous ways. I have worked with youth groups and ministry teams. I walk in the annual fundraiser walk.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 17, 2011

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November 17, 2011

I have been fortunate to witness Bountiful Harvest Ministries, Inc. evolve from the vision and commitment of two women to a Christ-centered 6-family transitional residence, Beauty for Ashes. Just as their Mission states, the ministry provides transitional housing, accountability, and life management education in a nurturing environment to homeless women with or without children. I have volunteered at various levels and have attended a weekly Bible study with the residents. I have been an eye witness to the transformation that has taken place in the residents as they are nurtured emotionally, spiritually, and financially during their stay at Beauty for Ashes. This Christian, non-denominational ministry is supported financially by many churches, one of which is the church I attend. When you partner with Bountiful Harvest Ministries, you can have confidence that your gift will be used wisely and effectively for the residents at Beauty for Ashes. I support their efforts and encourage others to do so as well. It benefits our entire society when caring people answer Christ's call to help bring His life-transforming power to those God sends to this ministry.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 15, 2011

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November 15, 2011

My life was locked in fear, depression and anger. I survived many things as a child, but at a price. I felt worthless, insignificant, alone, and ashamed. It was my intention to end my life when I came to BFA. But, I was pulled out of my overwhelming despair by the dedication, compassion and love of the people at BFA. And, the classes of Boundaries, Safe People and Anxiety & Depression have given me the structure that I desperately needed.

Most of all, the staff at BFA helped me to embrace a new life with my Lord and Savior. I had carried my Bible since a teenager but I never read it. They opened my eyes and heart.

I now look forward to every day that God gives me to learn and grow as a person. I believe that God planted me at Beauty for Ashes for a reason, besides saving my life. I am more open now to all that is waiting for me.

I arrived in June and the people that run the home and the volunteers who hold the classes were instrumental in helping me to come out of the darkest time of my life. The classes and bible studies that were offered, opened my eyes, mind and heart. They helped me to face my past, head on and encouraged me every day to battle many things that almost destroyed me...my fear, anger and depression.

I received great benefit from the Anxiety & Depression class, as well as Safe People and Boundaries. It is my belief that these classes, if taught in school, would have guided me to a different life. These classes helped me to overcome loss, low self-esteem and the abuse that I endured as a child.

I owe a great deal to Jan Busby, Sharon Renfro, Brittany Sievers, Kathy G. and all of the volunteers and class teachers that showed me that I deserved to look toward the future, which is something that I never did in my life.

Most of all, I wish to thank Beauty for Ashes for showing me the way to know my Lord and Savior. I am truly blessed to have been brought to this home. I believe that God placed me here so that I could get the help that I needed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know first hand what Beauty for ashes can do for someone who needs a safe, loving and nurturing place to heal.They offer more than just a place to sleep,they offer guidance where knowledge is for whoever yearns to need it. I also, found that I could know the Father and Son,Jesus threw the prayers and bible studies that I chose. I believe that Beauty For Ashes saved my life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would add a class called "Anger Management" . I would also, like to start a book essay class.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

I was sent by Third Phase Home.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My walk with the Lord.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 30, 2010

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1 previous review
December 7, 2009

As a co-founder and volunteer at Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home, I have served as a board member and currently track the financial operations of the ministry. The Home, est. in 2004, provides a C... more

August 30, 2010

My life was falling apart (and had been for years) when I moved in to BFA in May 2010. I thought I had done all I could but nothing was good enough. I knew I needed to change but wasn’t sure how to start. I didn’t have the resources. In December 2009 I went back to church, thinking I could do it on my own. Well, that didn’t work. By April 2010 I was severely depressed & staying with a friend—it wasn’t working out. I was tired of going from house to house & it wasn’t good for my daughter. I finally broke down & opened up to 2 people at my church and they told me about a “shelter.” I said, “I’m not taking my daughter to a shelter.” But I knew God was talking to me. I found out it was a Christian transitional home. Even after I was accepted by Beauty for Ashes, it took me a couple weeks & a man to attack me to get me there. When my church friend dropped me off at BFA I was very nervous but Jan & Sharon made it very easy to relax. I was a very paranoid & negative person. All the classes they give help with all my problems. Anxiety/depression, Boundaries, Safe People, Nutrition, Battlefield of the Mind, and spiritual warfare—all are Christian based & I love them. I’ve never in my life been in such a positive place. It was almost scary at first but only because I didn’t know how to feel or what to expect. Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten a part time job, started my GED, & learn more & more everyday, literally. My “bad” days here are nothing compared to my bad days on the street. BFA is not a “shelter,” it’s a transitional “home.” Big difference. They teach us how to deal with life and give us structure for when we do get out on our own so we can live a happier, healthy, Christian life. Not just anyone can come here. You have to be ready & determined to change your life. I believe God brought me to BFA—only through God can I change. If He will change me, He will change anyone. . . But it’s in His time. I thank God every day for blessing me & my daughter with a home like this.

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Even after I was accepted by Beauty for Ashes, it took me a couple weeks & a man to attack me to get me there. When my church friend dropped me off at BFA I was very nervous but Jan & Sharon made it very easy to relax. I was a very paranoid & negative person. All the classes they give help with all my problems. Anxiety/depression, Boundaries, Safe People, Nutrition, Battlefield of the Mind, and spiritual warfare—all are Christian based & I love them. I’ve never in my life been in such a positive place. It was almost scary at first but only because I didn’t know how to feel or what to expect. Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten a part time job, started my GED, & learn more & more everyday, literally. My “bad” days here are nothing compared to my bad days on the street. BFA is not a “shelter,” it’s a transitional “home.” Big difference. They teach us how to deal with life and give us structure for when we do get out on our own so we can live a happier, healthy, Christian life. Not just anyone can come here. You have to be ready & determined to change your life. I believe God brought me to BFA—only through God can I change. If He will change me, He will change anyone. . . But it’s in His time. I thank God every day for blessing me & my daughter with a home like this.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more storage available for resident use.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Peace, safety, classes, beautiful home, and personal growth

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All staff and volunteers were caring, helpful, and compassionate. They truly cared about me (more than I cared about myself).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve more women and children and build apartments where we could transition into more permanent housing yet still be part of the program. It could hire staff and expand program availability to women outside the home.

Ways to make it better...

I had had a shelf in my closet.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Providing transportation for clients.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I thank God every day for blessing me & my daughter with a home like this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 7, 2009

As a co-founder and volunteer at Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home, I have served as a board member and currently track the financial operations of the ministry. The Home, est. in 2004, provides a Christian alternative to housing for homeless women and children. The ministry is funded by church, business, organizational, & individual donors as well as fund raisers and grants with 40% coming from local churches and 28% from fund raising efforts. The highest integrity is maintained in the financial management and great stewardship is used in spending any money. I have worked in the administrative end of the ministry doing everything from creating forms needed in working with clients to writing grant proposals, supervising/organizing fund raisers, attending meetings,corresponding with donors and more. Women are housed for up to 18 months as they reestablish stability, improve self care, participate in counseling, learn life and emotional management skills, get education, get a job, mature spiritually, and move toward self sufficiency. This is a challenging journey for clients and staff as well. Accountability is a key factor in progress forward. More information about the organization can be found at www.bountifulharvestministries.org I have confidence that Bountiful Harvest Ministries will continue to grow, incorportating more staff and advisory and board members in its operation. I feel the Lord has opened many doors and provided opportunities for this ministry that are beyond explanation. This ministry has no debts or liabilities and continues to operate within its income restrictions. A new roof, garage restoration, new windows on the first floor, weatherization, and client room reburbishing/furnishings/redecorating have all been accomplished within the last 3 years in addition to meeting the needs of the clients and the minsitry as a whole. The ministry needs to move into more significnt fund-raising endeavors which will allow growth and expansion of services. Requests for service have increased 50% in 2009.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed the privilege to see lives changed and to see women grow from anxiety-ridden, hopeless women to ladies with self-confidence, pride in growth, education, & employment, and the knowledge that they have control of factors in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

I first became aware of Bountiful Harvest when my husband served on the board and donated funds to this wonderful ministry. I'm mission's president at my church and I have been able to hold services and actually have some of the women who live there share their testimonies and it is so inspiring to hear their stories, but more inspiring to see their lives change and eventually become independent and living on their own. This ministry is so important to our community because the need is great. There are so many homeless women and children. Also the level of support services they offer is why I believe they are so successful. They offer self-help classes and training on parenting, health and nutrition. They also offer addiction counseling and/or substance abuse seminars. They offer boundary setting skills and job placement help etc. They encourage continued education not only for personal life long skills but for the "whole" person. Each person must seek out a change in their moral character then seek out our Nation's Godly Heritage. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep trying to bring in more staff and board members so my time would be focused on the women. Since this is a nonprofit agency, it is hard to get enough volunteers - They have to spend too much time getting volunteers so they can raise money.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing lives actually change. We've seen personally women leave the shelter after being encouraged to find the "skills" needed to find employment and live independently.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sensitive to the needs of each individual. They do extensive evaluations on prospective border making sure that each individual is ready to make the necessary changes needed to succeed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a lot more opportunities for women and children who need an organization/ministry that truly seeks to offer the skills needed to break the cycle of dependent behavior. This is only done through proper time spent and training for each person...

Ways to make it better...

They had more Board Members who would help organize fundraising so the directors can focus on the women.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Monetary. Often the house needs major repairs so they always find financial needs pulling at their time, since there's a few # of volunteers including the two directors who started the shelter. This takes enormous time planning more fundraisers, just so..

One thing I'd also say is that...

(cont. from above) they can keep their doors open. The directors have never received a paycheck. They continue to serve these women because they believe God's word to be true when it says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and and faultless..."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

Bountiful Harvest - Beauty for Ashes Transitional home - Alexandria. It is amazing what 2 ladies, Jan Busby and Sharon Renfro, can accomplish. Each resident has an individual plan based on their needs and preferences. Residents are supported not only with food and shelter, but with love, encouragement, spirituality and friendship. All monies go to support of the transitional home and residents. No salaries are paid to anyone and much of the work needed is through volunteers. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the residents. GEDs are accomplished, special training such as CNA is completed, people are educated and become employed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm and generous. They show great passion.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

decrease homelessness not only by providing shelter but through training of skills to become independent in today's world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009

My dream as a 19 year old woman was to provide women and children in need with a transitional home to guide them through their spirtual journey with God. In 2004 my dream came true. As of five years we have offered stability and guidance for homeless women to become independent and to be able to have a stable life for their family. It has been so rewarding to me. As a Christian Program we see the growth and success as the women that pass through our spiritual program suceed in life on their own.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Spiritual growth Education Greater outlook on life Personal challenges Mentoring

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide growth for emergency family shelter with the ability to maintain stable conditions for family through Christian mentoring.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mentoring the women and children that pass through the program. Witnessing the new born children. The trust element that our program provides individuals( the ability to accept and forgive mistakes in life).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, motivated, and sincerly true to their values and God.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide this program in multiple geographical locations. God's blessings of ten million dollars would allow us to expand His work and his blessings to other families in need.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more staff and board members. More funding. Access to public transportation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. Transportation. Volunteers. Larger facility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The volunteers, staff, and board members are committed to their work of this ministry beyond my expectations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 12, 2009

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December 12, 2009

I am a very educated and hard working person that once had it all. "Had it all," that is a phrase that I have come to re-evaluate in my journey thru life. I had all of the material things I could ever want or need. However, I had lost my relationship and guidance from my almighty Savior. Since coming to BFA I have learned that what I was trying to give my family was not what they needed. They needed me. The me that put the Lord first in my life. BFA has taught me the skills I need to go on with my life. The importance of putting the Lord first, dealing with the depression and anxiety and having the faith to move on. The support and support and spiritual guidance that I receive her has changed my life. I thank the Lord, and of course, Jan and Sharon, who work tirelessly to put women's lives back together so that they may have the emotional balance and skills to walk thru life. I am always amazed and thankful for those that have the heart and compassion to donate their time and supplies needed to continue this blessed establishment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give more access to transportaion and make people aware of Beauty For Ashes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my growth in spirituality, the friends that I have made, and personal growth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working, giving, and have a good christian outlook on life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fulfill the need of many women in children in the state of Indiana.

Ways to make it better...

we had more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and board members.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am always amazed at the way people volunteer their time and energy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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