Beauty for Ashes
Beauty for Ashes Women’s Home, Inc. is a Florida non-profit organization devoted to providing safe housing and making a positive difference for women in transition from prison, jail, or short-term rehabilitation to living as productive members of society.
We strive to help women find their identity in Christ and this world, guiding them toward a life free of substance abuse, dependence on others, and shame over their past challenges and mistakes.
We offer counseling through Christian Counselors and mentors who walk alongside the women to guide, love, and believe in them while they learn to believe in themselves again. We assist them in finding jobs, pursuing careers and any schooling necessary to get where they want to go. We help them to dream of a future with a purpose without drugs, make informed choices to improve their lives, and teach them their significance - that they may become independent women who can live free from government assistance and live empowered to be the women God intends for them to be.
We are proud to be the first Women's Recovery Home in Manatee/Sarasota Counties to meet all requirements under FS.397.487as a FARR Certified Residence.
Who Our Program is For
Our program is for women struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups; Women who are recovering from struggles like drug or alcohol abuse, human trafficking, abusive relationships, and in transition from places like prison, county jail.
Our program is for women who strive to become independent but need a helping hand to get there.
Our program is for women who are unsatisfied with their old lives and wish to learn to lead a Christ centered life.
What We Believe
God is creator and ruler of the universe and revealed himself in three ways through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are co-equal as one God. (Genesis 1:1,26; Psalm 90:2; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Written by human hands with supernatural guidance from the Holy Spirit, the Bible is without error and is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Romans 15:4)
We believe there is only one true God and that he provides us with salvation through the blood of his son Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, not from works on this earth. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16)
Jesus Christ Will Return
At the appointed time, Jesus Christ will return and pass final judgement over His established kingdom. Unbelievers will be eternally separated from Him in damnation. Believers will live in His glorious presence forever. (Acts 9:11; Matthew 24:30; 1 Corinthians 15:24; Revelation 20-22)
God Has a Plan
Believing that they have been living according to the flesh, with their minds set on those desires, our goal is to help them to have desires and live according to things of the Spirit; that their minds would be ruled by the Spirit to receive the life and peace that comes from submitting to God. We believe they will come to know God’s plan as they seek Him with all their heart. (Romans 8:5-7, Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Beauty for Ashes Looks to God for Direction
We trust God to give us direction to help free ladies from their lifestyles and addictions and we seek guidance through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to do so. (Jeremiah 17:7-8, Galatians 5:16)
Debbi Hanna is Beauty for Ashes Executive Director and Founder. For years she has had a heart for starting a home where women can come and be fed with the Word and be shown the love of Christ while they get back on their feet after being released from incarceration; a safe place where women can live and find jobs rather than go straight back to their old neighborhoods with their old acquaintances and old habits.
From Liberty University Debbi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, specializing in Christian Counseling, and a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling: Addictions and Recovery. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
As a volunteer, Debbi co-founded the Christ centered Celebrate Recovery (CR) program at a local church, held regular recovery sessions at another local women’s recovery home, and has been holding weekly recovery sessions at the Port Manatee Correctional Facility for the past 8 years.