Hello and welcome to Allora Gifts & More! My name is Brandy Verner, Owner and Creative Director, and I am so glad you are taking the time to learn a little more about us.
The aim of Allora Gifts is personalization with a purpose! We are passionate about making a difference in this world and for that reason, we want the personalization we offer to be about more than just the individual. From the very first sale, I committed that this business would be a means of bringing hope and healing to hurting women around the world.
Allora Gifts was started in 2013 to generate extra income as my family was preparing for a move to Florence, Italy to work with an international church, as well as a ministry for women who have been sexually-exploited. As the business began to grow, I realized that it had the potential to provide an income that would allow us to minister full-time in Italy without having to raise 100% of our financial support as many missionaries do.
To that end, I worked to develop strong relationships with several manufacturing partners in the U.S., which gave us the opportunity to expand our product line to offer many more customized items and personalized gifts of all kinds. Those strategic partnerships allowed me to shift my focus to creative design and customer service, so that I could manage the business from Italy and help provide for my family during our time serving as full-time missionaries.
While we have since moved back to our hometown of Athens, GA, our passion to impact the world hasn’t changed. In fact, I am even more dedicated now to seeing God’s restoration in the hearts and lives of women than ever before! Each and every purchase made at Allora Gifts allows us to continue our mission work with a ministry that is reaching women here in the States and across the globe – Beauty for Ashes.
Not only do your purchases allow us to financially support this organization, but it allows me to serve as a Facilitator/Trainer with Beauty for Ashes. Over the last couple of years, I have had the privilege to lead women’s retreats for exploited and vulnerable women in the U.S., Vietnam, and Costa Rica, as well as train and coach leaders from all over the United States.
These things would not be possible without our loyal customers! We have had many people place orders with us over and over again because they love our products, but more importantly they believe in our mission. Thank you for your support as we serve women around the world!
For more information about Beauty for Ashes, please see below.
BEAUTY FOR ASHESwww.adventures.org/beautyforashes
Beauty for Ashes invites women into true freedom using the power of story to facilitate inner-healing in women’s lives. It’s a simple process tailored easily for day events or for deeper engagement through week-long retreats. Beauty for Ashes holds retreats all over the world and has seen the lives of countless women changed.
Every woman’s story is powerful and with a supportive, open community, anything is possible. Stories are shared, connections made, and grace flourishes. Through this experience, women tap into their God-given destiny and become ambassadors for change in their homes, communities, and cultures.