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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Bountiful Harvest Ministries extends the compassion, provision, and healing of Christ to those seeking help, emotional stability, and a new direction.

Results: Former residents are living independently. Residents have earned GED's, CNA's and taken college classes. They have secured employment. They have birthed and nurtured babies during the first year of life, They have learned life skills, and emotional management and parenting skills. Their lives have stabilized and children are kept on a regular schedule. Several have rededicated their lives to Christ.

Target demographics: Homeless women and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12 families who called Beauty for Ashes their home in 2013

Geographic areas served: Central Indiana

Programs: a Christian-based transitional home in a small community

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There have been many women BFA has helped to move forward in their life not only for themselves but they may have children and BFA has been instrumental in letting them know there is someone that can lead them in the right direction with the help of God in their life. BFA is an awesome ministry!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home provides a positive, safe, and improvement oriented environment for women and children in a well-kept home. The wonder of Beauty for Ashes is that it operates as nearly a 100% volunteer organization. The home has only 2 employees - the House Manager and a Fund Raiser. The CEO and the board are all volunteer. The hundreds of volunteers within a year range from craftsmen, psychologists, dietiticians, churches, and students. Self-improvement classes include Safe Friends, Shame Resilience, and Boundaries. Church attendance is required of the residents and 5 churches are within 5 blocks and many more churches are located within 1 mile. Beauty for Ashes has been a safe haven and a blessing for many women and deserves support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What joy Bountiful Harvest Ministries has brought to so many. To those ladies who were scared not knowing which way to turn to survive. This world can be hard especially when you have fallen so far from the Lords side. Many lives have been changed. Not only those who come to Beauty for Ashes seeking help but for those who have been there to help. I think those who give and help guide receive just as much as those ladies in need. Those who walk through the doors of B.O.A. are all in need and all are blessed. Whether you are there for shelter and guidance or to volunteer your time, all are blessed and lives changed. How could it not be? Both residents and volunteers will see life a little differently and know The Lord's power and love. All will know they are not alone. Sharon Kay Renfro and Janice Kay Busby listened to The Lord calling them to reach out to the homeless women and children. In doing so, many have been given a new life when otherwise may have never found peace, happiness, and heard the word of The Lord.

Dustin M.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization is full of Christ's Love. Love is what Christ is about and this organization has captured that mission and shared that with everyone who graces the doors of the transitional home. The women and children that have been served through this ministry have grown in this love and now can share that with those they meet. They also have the knowledge to go out and start fresh in life and make life better for themselves. The plans that the organization puts in place for each resident has this in mind. It has been wonderful to help with this ministry.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Bountiful Harvest Ministries"s Beauty for Ashes Transitional Home provide a safe place for Women and Children. It provides them the tools necessary to be able to move into society in a productive way. BfA is providing a long term solution for homeless women.

Bailey F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am 16 and I love to help with the women and children. I think this charity helps with the community and helps people in need. I plan on being a part of this charity for a long time.

Jerry31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this is a great charity that helps women and children in need. I enjoy volunteering and working with the people.

Kathy G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Beauty for Ashes in 2010 as a resident. After a life of drug addiction and alcoholism I found refuge and salvation in Jesus Christ and through a personal relationship with Him I was lead to Beauty for Ashes. I had roamed around for years from house to house, relationship to relationship as a result of my addiction but when I got sober I began to realize that my lifestyle was not only abnormal but was irresponsible. However, when I began to desire to change, I was unsure just how to do that as I came to see that I had no idea how to live responsibly. The most important thing in life is having a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ and that is the key to freedom, so I knew that I could not go just anywhere. I was excited when I found Beauty for Ashes because of their faith based Biblical foundation. I was able to learn things like, boundaries, safe people, and nutrition. I needed balance in many areas of my life, I was able through many classes, groups and studies to gain the ability to begin to balance many areas of my life and find more peace. I really needed the structure and discipline that was foundational to the ministry of the house and I found peace and assurance through such structure.
After graduating the program, I transitioned into a residential staff position where I stayed on another year as onsite night staff, where I learned even more. I moved out in 2013 but stayed connected and returned in 2014 to take on a position as staff. I was so blessed by the passion, vision and heart of Jan Busby and Sharon Renfro. I believe in the vision God had given to Jan and I pray that this ministry continue to grow and prosper and that the vision the Lord gave her will continue. Beauty for Ashes is a blessed and safe place to come and find healing and to find, strengthen or even renew faith and a relationship with Jesus Christ which brings great peace and serenity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this great charity for a few years now and it's still one of my favorite. They help women and children in need, give them a home, stability and faith. This charity is such a huge part of me and our community.

Jennifer131

Advisor

Rating: 5

Bountiful Harvest Ministries is a wonderful organization that has great compassion for women and children in need. They offer stability and love to many families. This organization is ran by people that truly have a heart for the Lord. I feel blessed to have become a part of this organization.

jodif

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sandra18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Gerry C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Karen23456789

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.