Welcome to BeCharityWise

Trauma-Informed Ministry Training

Maternity Homes, Pregnancy Help Centers, and Faith-Based Ministries


Your ministry - your mission field - is unique. Let us help you craft a specific training program for your team. 

Startup to Stable

Dreaming of starting a ministry but don't know where to begin?

Do you have an existing ministry and want to add housing services?

Click below to learn how we can help you Start Stable!

Ask about The Wisdom Method: Startup Edition

We also offer tailored coaching for startup ministries. Comprehensive, year-long training program for the entire team. 


Stable to Strong

Existing ministries have unique needs. Established within the last 2-5 years, you likely have both staff and volunteers who need different levels of training and support.

You feel stable and ready to grow.

We can help you with next steps. 

Ask about The Wisdom Method: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Holistic Client Transformations.


Strong and Spreading

Ministries that have been open for at least 5 years have some unusual challenges too. 

Often, this is a season of expanding into other ways to serve your clients wisely, while also building layers of staffing and volunteers. 

We can help with expansion planning, adding programs and locations, without losing sight of your main mission!

Click below to schedule a call with Suzanne to discuss your unique needs. 


Are you sick and tired of being STUCK?

We help Ministry Leaders, like you, who work with poor and disenfranchised families and individuals.

You set out to meet the needs of the poor and disenfranchised in your community.

Yet all your hard work isn’t quite producing the lasting change you dreamed of. Somewhere, you can tell, there’s a problem. Are you ready to identify that problem—and solve it?

If you don’t want to stay stuck indefinitely, if you want to move forward to realize your potential, it’s time to take action.

You’ve come to the right place. Get ready to jumpstart your ministry!

Train and Transform

Train your team in understanding poverty mindset, complex trauma and the latest in addiction research and Transform your community!

Ignoring a problem never makes it go away… it only makes things worse, and ultimately harder to solve. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place to jumpstart your life! The difference between staying where you are indefinitely, and moving forward to realize your potential, is all about taking action.

At BeCharityWise, we offer you that winning sequence: the insights and information you need, coupled with strategies for implementation that will propel you and your team from stuck to success. Start seeing the transformation you’ve always wanted.

We have the proven resources to transform your ministry. From on-site workshops to online courses, coaching, consulting, and more, we create change from the inside out. We offer a wide array of development and training programs built on timeless principles that get results.

Download our free ebook today. You’ll find 5 proven tips you can put to work now. You’ll also receive a short series of emails with pointers you can use immediately. And you’ll glimpse how our training could help your ministry thrive.


Success doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by choice. When you combine the right information with precise implementation you get rapid transformation!

Let's Talk

Schedule a free one-on-one Mission Strategy Session with Suzanne, where you can discuss your current needs and how she can help you achieve them. Don’t wait! You want to do good. Let us help you do good—well.

Suzanne Burns, MS, CFTP, CTII

Expert Trainer & Speaker

Suzanne Burns of BeCharityWise empowers ministry leaders like you to achieve greater levels of transformation in the lives they touch. The secret of her effectiveness? A broad range of personal and professional experience and education.

Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit ministry to communities in need. Most recently, in 2012, she led a small, dedicated crew in founding a maternity home (complete with on-site education and social enterprise job-training programs) for mothers in critical situations. 

Once faced with a critical situation herself, Suzanne knows what your ministry clients face—and what will and will not help them.

Over 150 mothers housed and over 600 served through non-residential services. Internationally recognized speaker and trainer, Podcast host, Author of 9 books on ministry startup and trauma-informed care, Suzanne and her team have trained hundreds of organizations to implement practical tools to serve "the least of these" more effectively.

She has helped hundreds of ministry leaders understand the complex issues of trauma, poverty and addiction. Now they are serving their communities more effectively than ever before.

You can join their ranks. Equipped with Suzanne’s training, you and your team can learn to work more strategically—transform lives more quickly—and produce lasting results! 

Lisa Holmes, MACS, CFTP, CTII

Expert Trainer & Speaker

Director of Client Services for Foundation House Ministries, Lisa oversees all aspects of client care, including housing, case management, court advocacy, job training, volunteer management, and sustainable stability.

Lisa is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in practical response to addiction, trauma, mental health, and parenting while in recovery. She is passionate about training and support for front-line and live-in staff: secondary trauma, self-care, and reducing burnout.

Her Masters is in Christian Studies from Bryan College, Dayton, TN.


 All ministries like yours experience ups and downs. But with Suzanne, Lisa and the rest of our team in your corner, you will achieve outstanding results faster and with fewer setbacks. Don’t take our word for it… let us show you!


Great leaders use coaches to help them achieve more. If you are ready to take action, we offer coaching programs to assist you in the process. Improve your performance and your results! Check out our coaching services designed to accelerate your success.

  • Ministry Startup
  • The Wisdom Method (TM)
  • Seven Phases of Case Management
  • Expansion Planning
  • Train the Trainer for Client Services


BeCharityWise offers high quality online video training filled with passion, knowledge, and practical pointers.

Learn how to deal with the effects of trauma, addiction, and poverty that underlie some of your clients’ most difficult behaviors.

Increase your impact in half the time, with half the resources - and see TWICE the transformation in the lives you serve.

Pre-recorded training to fit every schedule, every budget. 



Skill-building content and cutting-edge insights that will educate and energize your audience.

Onsite & in-person is always best but we also offer virtual trainings for the budget-conscious ministry.  Learn more about our customized, tailored-to-you speaking services here.

  • Intro to Trauma
  • The Wisdom Method (TM)
    • Trauma, poverty mindset, addiction, in residential setting
  • Banquet & Event Speaker

"I’ve learned so much! My ministry team is so much more effective now!"

"My relationship with my youth group has dramatically shifted now that I have a better understanding of the impact of trauma in many of their lives"

"I wholeheartedly recommend Suzanne Burns and Be Charity Wise to any church or ministry looking to start or strengthen an outreach ministry to the poor"

"Suzanne’s insights into poverty mindset and trauma have transformed how we serve our community."

BeCharityWise Podcast

Catch up with all the latest news and information from Suzanne Burns.

New Articles are posted every week.

Download your FREE COPY NOW!

The 5 Best Ways to Start or Strengthen Your Ministry

(Without Breaking the Bank!)

 Written by Suzanne Burns

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