Bonnie Harris, Founder and Director
I was raised with an alcoholic father who beat my mom and had numerous affairs. We lived in an old house with no running water or bathroom. The Lord found me in 1983, but in 1987 my husband came home and told me he didn’t want me anymore. That hurt deeply and I turned to drugs, which led me down a road of destruction. Since August 1993, after a DUI and rehab I have been clean from drug use and alcohol.
God called me to open a home for women and gave me a vision through a dream to call the home Hannah’s Haven. Hannah was a barren woman, who after crying out to God, the Lord remembered her. That was the message God wanted me to carry to hurting women; that God has not forgotten them, but He remembers them and he has a purpose for their lives.
Judy Ridenour, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Operations Manager
I joined the Hannah’s Haven staff on July 28, 2014 as the Operations Manager. I first visited Hannah’s Haven in early 2013, to learn more about what women needed after graduation from Teen Challenge. It was on my heart to start a transition home in West Virginia, but God had other plans.
It has always been my heart’s desire to help women see that they can choose to come out of the pit of despair regardless of where they have come from or what they have been through. I have endured many hardships in life beginning at a very young age, but God has set me free from guilt and shame, and has called me to use my administrative skills in ministry.
Brandie Crowe, Resident Tech
There are no words to describe a mother’s pain when she has a child that’s addicted. By Divine Intervention our daughter made it to Hannah’s Haven and then the Lord called our family to move from Ohio to North Carolina. I knew He was calling me to pour out the love and compassion He had taught me to have for my own daughter into other young women who were also lost and addicted. I began working at Hannah’s Haven in July 2013. I teach group studies each day on topics such as growing through failures, attitudes and ‘How Can I know I’m a Christian.’
My husband Jeff and I were married in 1995, and we have a son and two other daughters.
Maria Hogan, MSW, LCSW-A, Resident Tech
I began working at Hannah’s Haven on June 6, 2016 after graduating with my Master’s in Social Work. Previously as I worked toward my Bachelor’s in Social Work, I interned at a halfway house and found my passion in helping people recover from addictions. However, I felt that a critical piece was missing from the program at the halfway house, and that was Jesus. As the Ultimate Healer and Wonderful Counselor, I knew that God would have the greatest impact on helping others recover rather than trying to do it all on my own. After reading The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson, I felt called to work with Teen Challenge due to its emphasis on freedom through Jesus from traumatic pasts and addictions. I work with the students one-to-one through the Personal Studies aspect of the program, helping them discover how God can transform their lives by setting goals and understanding practical applications of biblical principles.
I was born and raised in Greensboro where I have lived my entire life. God blessed me with an amazing husband of 38 years, two beautiful daughters, the best son in law ever and three precious granddaughters.
After thirty nine years, I have recently retired from a career as a Dental hygienist. Aside from caring for my granddaughters, I had no idea what my next chapter in life consisted of. Little did I know, God had a plan for me very different from my own. I have always had a passion for Hannah’s Haven and kept up with all the amazing things happening in so many lives through my husband Jeff who is a board member. But mostly, I was a behind the scenes supporter.
I was honored the day Bonnie Harris called and asked me to be a part of the team and work with the ladies on weekends. Sometimes God surprises us with His plan especially when it is totally different from our own plan. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to walk beside these ladies, minister to them, love and pray with them as they find out what God has planned next in each of their lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you.
Maria Pass, Part-time Resident Tech
This has been an amazing opportunity to minister to students who are working to overcome addiction and life controlling issues. I have accepted a call that the Lord placed in my heart to have the opportunity to work and make a difference in the lives of young ladies who need to experience the love of Christ. I believe that “nothing just happens”. Prior situations I had to encounter with past/current relationships were steps ordered by the Lord and have prepared me for where I am today. Joe, my husband of 22 years, has been a tremendous supporter of Hannah’s Haven. We have three children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Luke 7:47, “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”