Who We Are


Amelia’s Closet is a faith-based, 100% volunteer-staffed 501(c)3 organization that helps reduce poverty in our communities by preparing women for sustainable employment.
“Greenhouse Ministries is excited about ‘Amelia’s Closet’ and the services it will offer clients as well as the clients of other networking agencies in the community. Offering encouragement and hope, and building self-esteem is so basic to uncovering the dreams that are sometimes buried because of circumstances.”
JANE SHARP, Co-Founder & Executive Director
“Amelia’s Closet is a unique ministry where poverty and dignity meet. Jody Powers’ passion-come-to-life is touching women from the outside in. MRM and like organizations will benefit greatly from this unique ministry!”
ED GRIMES, Founder & President



Joel and JodyThe idea for Amelia’s Closet began developing years ago. As formerly incarcerated women would visit my church, I had often wished we had a clothing closet to assist them in making a fresh start. Since resigning from my full-time job, God has continually confirmed that I’m supposed to help fill this need. I researched names for “hope” and found “Amelia” means hope, and industrious, striving, and admiring – the type of women we desire to help (and happens to be my first granddaughter’s name). This God-sized dream is now my passion. We want to prepare women for meaningful, sustainable employment in order to make a difference in their families’ lives and reduce the risk of poverty in our communities.

 Joel & Jody Powers, Founders


Honored as a Harvey’s Hero in Chicago

Harvey's Hero

A definite highlight … Matthew West sang my game-changer song to me!


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Every board member is a wife and mother who is creative, driven, compassionate, and has a big vision for Amelia’s Closet. Each member also represents a successful family-owned business. We have experience in graphic design, banking, event planning, fundraising, teaching, coaching, sales, volunteerism, office management, marketing, and customer service.

Executive Board

Founding Executive Director: Mrs. Jody Powers

Jody recently resigned from ministry graphic design and now her passion revolves around trying to make a positive difference in people’s lives through Amelia’s Closet. Jody and her husband, Joel, are active church members and together they started the church printing ministry, bookstore and coffee shop. They have two grown children and two granddaughters. Jody began her career in graphic design in 1987. She also taught high school photojournalism, and together they coached girl’s high school fast pitch softball, winning four state championships. Jody’s other work experience includes marketing, customer service, job training, and she authored a book. Joel helped start up the USA Today Rack Center in Murfreesboro, then worked at Gannett’s other Middle Tennessee locations as Circulation Manager in charge of sales and logistics. He is currently the Operations Manager at Turner Machine Company in Smyrna.

Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator: Mrs. Candy Russell

Candy feels her God-given talent is that of a helper. Candy and her husband, Frank, are active church members and assist with planning and organizing special musical programs. Candy recently retired but continues to volunteer as a drama teacher and assists the school’s state accredidation and school improvement teams. Candy and Frank have five children. They’ve owned a successful business for twenty-four years. After college, Candy worked as a secretary for a large insurance company. Her other work experience includes kindergarten teacher, high school secretary, and drama teacher.

Secretary/Treasurer: Mrs. Gwen Turner

Gwen has a passion for serving people and she enjoys fixing meals to encourage others. Gwen and her husband, Jeff, are active church members and assist in their Sunday school class, the church bookstore and coffee shop, and the nursery. They have three daughters and have owned a successful business for nineteen years. Gwen began her career in the insurance business where she processed claims. She has been the Human Resource Administrator for their business for nineteen years where she handles customer service, new employees, insurance, and other financial responsibilities. Gwen is also a substitute school teacher.

Advisory Council

  • Diane Baker
  • Beth Blankenship
  • Rebecca Bratcher
  • Bill Rawnsley
  • Carter Owens
  • Joel Powers
  • Lori Thomas


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Murfreesboro, TN 37128


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Murfreesboro, TN 37129