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BOUNTIFUL HARVEST MINISTRIES INC
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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I live at Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home.

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST MINISTRIES INC
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I help administer the organization.