CEOMOM Magazine April 2017 - Page 9

"Be genuine about the cause. If your heart isn’t it, don’t try it." studio. I asked him would he listen to some music I had recorded. He listened to it, and decided that we should do something together. We did the song, "Where are you?." While I was living in my car I was writing “Where are you?” That’s how the song was birthed. When that lady asked me what I did, I said I wrote a song for the homeless. Rebecca Lopez of WFAA in Dallas heard that and said she wanted to do a story about it. I shared the song with her. After it aired on the news people started to ask me to tell my story at their churches. God reminded me that I asked him to tell me what he wanted me to do. I kept hearing the word, homelessness. I realized that I had been homeless mentally all my life. I had so many addresses growing up that I didn’t realize that it was a form of instability. My new life is helping the homeless. We partner with 1011 Grill (Dewayne Bryant and Desmond Patterson) each month to bring the homeless food and entertain and love on them. How has your impact as a community leader influenced support for the Where are you? Homeless Outreach? Bryant and Patterson have partnered with my ministry for 4 years to feed the homeless. As a community, we serve once a month. As an individual, I do it regularly. My daughter attends Booker T. Washington, near a homeless community. I bring them things like food and clothes when I take her to school. We have recruited volunteers from day one. The first event we did we had 100 volunteers. On our team we have about 60 people who have  been faithful. They started with me from a post I put on Facebook. They have been there since. To volunteer you can go through the website, Instagram, and Facebook. We have a volunteer form that you can complete. Besides your work as a homeless advocate, what other roles do you play in the community? I am on the radio every Friday, I communicate every free event that is going on in the community so I talk about my monthly event.  I am the Where are you? reporter for KHVN. You can come on every Friday to talk about what’s going on with your ministry and outreach programs. I have been a makeup artist for about 30 years. I am also a stylist and interior designer. People started asking me to come and host events. I have hosted a hundred events in the past 2 years. I am very free and have no fear of anything. I have no worries and concerns so when I get on a microphone, I am free. I tell people that they can be free in the Lord. What advice do you have for moms who want to serve others by starting their own ministry or nonprofit? I would say just start. Don’t think about it. When I started my homeless outreach, I said I am going to do a homeless event. I didn’t have what I needed so I decided I was going to just ask for it. I needed the place and the volunteers. You have to just jump out there. People know when you are sincere. Be genuine about the cause. If your heart isn’t it, don’t try it. If it’s sincere, it will last forever. If it is not it will fade out.  Do you want your children to follow in your footsteps as a nonprofit leader? With my daughter, who is a junior in high school, she donates a percentage of the sales of her fragrance to the outreach. She teaches the other young people how to serve when they come. When people bring their kids my daughter teaches them how to smile, how to hug, how to serve them. My son, who is a sophomore at York College in Nebraska, has a gift for children. He is going to school to be a teacher. He is what I call a child magnet. Even as a little boy children would cling to him. A child would come up to him and say, " Hey." It was everywhere we went. Even in Nebraska, he is the head teacher over P.E. because the children keep asking for him. He started out as an alternate. I told him that God is going to use him in children’s lives.  Where do you see your homeless ministry in 5 years? In 5 years, we will have a building. It will blow people’s