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November 7, 2012

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1 previous review
November 20, 2011

First of all let me just say I love BFA! This is a great charity. I first came upon it when I was looking to do some volunteer work. I wanted my girls (ages 12 and 16) to get involved in some kind ... more

November 7, 2012

I love that Beauty for Ashes helps women. I have volunteer for BFA for about 3 years now. I see alot of great women come through here. I like the way they are faith based and they take their time with each lady. This charity is very close to my heart. I would recommend BFA to anyone woman that is needing help.

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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?

2012

November 20, 2011

First of all let me just say I love BFA! This is a great charity. I first came upon it when I was looking to do some volunteer work. I wanted my girls (ages 12 and 16) to get involved in some kind of charity so that they would learn about giving, and doing things for people just out of kindness of their heart. Since then we have helped with many fundraisers and both of my daugters have babysit for some of the kids that has stayed there. I love that this charity is faith based and it is about women. It helps teach the ladies that there is hope, that there are people out there that will care for you and let you know that you are not alone. That is what Jan and Sharon and all of the other volunteers do! Plus the women that stay there are great! I just cant go on enough about how wonderful this chairty is! I am blessed to be apart of it.

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

Seeing what it does for the women that stay there. I've seen the women get stronger and more confident about themselves.

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

Want a bigger place so that they could help more families. I believe that they could change alot of people lives.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.