Brenda Lovelady Spahn has received the NBC13 Making a Difference award for her personal sacrifice and efforts on behalf of The Lovelady Center, and was also featured on the national DirecTV Hometown Heroes program in 2009. The show is hosted by Joan Lunden and honors those who show courage, kindness and bravery through personal efforts to help the less fortunate in their communities. She has also received the Jeremiah 29:11 Humanitarian Award with Anew Ministries in Boston. Brenda received an honorary Doctorate from Tennessee Temple University in Humanitarian Studies. She has been a guest on LIFEToday's James Robison show, as well as The 700 Club. Spahn and The Lovelady Center have been featured on all of the major Birmingham local stations, as well as nationally syndicated radio.
Brenda has authored a book with Irene Zutell titled, Miss Brenda and the Loveladies, soon to be a major motion picture with worldwide distribution. It is her desire for the world to see that formerly incarcerated women can and certainly do change their lives for the better and become assets to their communities.
Brenda Spahn has been honored by a number of community churches and organizations. The Center was nominated for Nonprofit of the Year in 2008 at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce annual award ceremony. "Miss Brenda" is married to Jeff Spahn; she has four grown biological children, one adopted son, 22 grandchildren, and thousands of reformed women across the nation who call her "Mama."