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Bountiful Harvest Ministries Inc

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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

15 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.