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BEACON OF HOPE CENTER FOR WOMEN INC
May 23, 2010

The women of our church became familiar with Beacon of Hope through one of our elders and one of our women's ministry team members. They both presented an invitation to Beacon of Hope's 2nd Purse Auction. Neither knew the other was doing so. But God did and He has used Beacon of Hope to draw us into awareness of this huge need for a women's center/shelter on Indy's west side. Ever since meeting the Exec Director and hearing her personal testimony and the reports of west side women's needs and needs meet, we couldn't help but try and come alongside to help wherever we could. The Beacon of Hope staff and board have the Lord's sorrow over this epidemic called domestic violence and they live out, with all their marrow, the desire He has put on their hearts to reach out and offer a way out and healing for women and children caught in this cycle. They are having much success, and the calls come in daily for assistance. They are starting up a foster pet program to give these women they help yet another way to get out of their situation who will not leave if children or pets could be harmed. Children and women are situated at a local shelter however their pets have had no where to go until now. Beacon of Hope will have coordinators of a foster pet program to place victim's animals at temporary homes to be cared for while the women/children start the healing and recovery process. Foster Pets will be a huge blessing for those who have need of it! Finally, each of the women on our team has been blessed by being involved with fundrasing and spreading the word about Beacon of Hope. The Director and Board's ultimate goal and they believe the Lord's goal for them is to have a shelter built to further meet the needs of the women on Indy's west side. God is faithful and so are the Exec Dir, Board and volunteer staff at Beacon of Hope Women's Center.

The Great!

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

the hearing of each success story they have. After learning of the need for help through an email or call from the Exec Director, we see how God uses those in support of this organization to provide exactly what that women/children need.

Ways to make it better...

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

pray that the Church Council group would become a reality this year along with the Foster Pet Program.

More feedback

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

the selflessness of the vounteers involved with this organization. It's all about the women in need, not the staff/volunteers.

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

Open the shelter that is so, unfortuantely, needed; provide extended counseling for victims at no charge; help everyone who came to them requesting aide!

Ways to make it better...

I would have the time and availability to do more for them!

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

the fact that this epidemic can seem overwhelming at times; to have a consistent and faithful board and slate of volunteers.

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

if the greatest commandment is to love, then the Beacon of Hope staff and volunteers are exceedingly faithful to live out that commandment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Raised funds via special events at our church.