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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.

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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

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

About a year ago, I came upon Beauty For Ashes for I was homeless and didn't know where else to turn to. Since my stay at the home, I have found myself to be more knowledgable in the works of our God and how we are to serve him. Janice Busby, the director, and Sharon Renfro, the assistant director, have made it such a wonderful ministry to be a part of, for they put so much time and love into all of the residents at Beauty For Ashes and things they do behind the scenes. Dedication is the key, and that is something that they have as well as the volunteers who give donations, transportation to the residents, and a shoulder to lean on. This house is far more than just a home for women. It's the house of love and the house of the Lord.

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

the surrounding churches. They help out as much as they can to give whatever donations they can.

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

the compassion the staff and volunteers have towards one another and with groups of people in other organizations and who aren't associated with the ministry.

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

kind and loving whom live a christian lifestyle.

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

expand in other city and states and have emergency shelters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

About three years ago I met in the Beauty for Ashes home for a Bible study. During this time I met the director and assistant director, both of whom are dedicated to the vision and mission of this transitional home for women and children. I was asked to assist in the clerical work of the ministry. I have seen the leadership work tirelessly, with no compensation, to see that the needs and concerns of Beauty for Ashes are met. The wise and careful stewardship of this ministry is unquestionable. The needs of the women and the home are always the top priority for the resources that come in. It has been a walk of faith for this ministry and God's hand has blessed the women leaving Beauty for Ashes with further education, jobs, housing on their own and a renewed life in Christ. This ministry is blessed with dedicated leadership, women who want a change in their lives and supporters who willing give to further the vision of Beauty for Ashes. It is my prayer that God would continue this ministry of giving hope to the women and children who come to the doors of this life changing ministry.

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

the friendship of one of the ladies who lived at Beauty for Ashes. She finds life challenging at times but always has an up-beat attitude and a deep appreciation for the transidtional home AND she is making it on her own!

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

the dedication, vision, mission and stewardship of the leadership. It is a joy to be a part of the ever changing situations with the unwavering leadership.

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

provide more one on one counseling, expand the facilities to minister to more women and children, provide more on site supervision, have more staff to meet the many needs of the ministry without over extending the current leadership and so much more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 5, 2009

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December 5, 2009

My most clear observation of Bountiful Harvest/Beauty for Ashes is that it is a 100% volunteer organization. The Staff, Board, and volunteers operate strictly as that - volunteers. Volunteers include churches, businesses, individuals and now also a foundation. With this type of task force, since 2004, the organization has provided long term (6-18 month) shelter, to include its various programs, to 50 women and 10 children. The underlying challenge to the organization, is the maintenance and improvement of the shelter - a Victorian type home, a boarding house 100 years ago, of about 3000 square feet with a basement. The founders bought the home through a fundraising drive. Maintenance and utility costs keep fundrasing as a primary effort. The organization has strong community support and is highly respected by individuals, businesses, and churches.

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

concerned and dedicated individuals. The staff is volunteers; the board is volunteers, the community volunteers. Sometimes volunteers bring a great dynamic to an organizaion. Such is this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 4, 2009

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December 4, 2009

I was looking for an organization that would benefit from my skills with computers and networking. One of the board members went to my church so I asked him about the organization. As he explained I felt this would be a great place for me to help. Over the past few years I’ve seen a lot of women’s lives helped and changed for the better. I say hands off, to all of the staff and board members for a job well done in helping these women. I also support there website www.bountifulharvestministries.org. If you would like to help you can go to the site and click on Get Involved.

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

the thank yous you get when helping.

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

it has made me aware of how many women need help and getting involved makes you feel good about yourself.

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

kind and warmfelt

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

help a lot of women turn there lives around as well as giving them shelter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 4, 2009

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December 4, 2009

I met the Directors of Bountiful Harvest Ministries prior to the opening of the Beauty for Ashes Transitional Housing facility. It has been my privilege to encourage them in the process of locating a suitable facility and designing a program to address the needs of homeless women and children in the Madison County, Indiana area. I have at all times been impressed with the integrity of these leaders and their ability to create a safe and supportive environment in which the needs of women and children can be met. I know personally many clients who have benefitted from the services provided by this agency.

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

knowing personally many of the residents who have been served through the generosity of this agency.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Provide child care, copy papers & stuff entry packets, help with mailing, walk in the Homeward Bound Walk, sort donations, provide an outing for a family or for all residents, run errands, help plan and execute fund raisers, do household repairs, use graphic arts experience to design a pamphlet.