“Wow, look at all we did last year!”

I started this organization with a vision to  provide support and encouragement to victims and survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. I wasn’t the best speaker when I started it. Nor was I the sharpest business woman. I didn’t know how I was going to get the money and resources necessary to get all of the work done that needed to be done. One thing I did know however, was that there were so many that needed support who didn’t know where to turn.  It’s been about 18 months since I got started. As I look back, I realized that I’ve accomplished more than I expected to. There is a great deal of work to be done, but I wanted to take a minute and share with you some of the highlights from 2017 my first full year in business.

Tamika Cousins Thompson – President The Faces Behind a Purpose For You

LOVE DON’T HURT BRUNCH

In October of 2016 we hosted the  “Love Don’t Hurt Brunch”. The Love Don’t Hurt  Brunch was an intimate brunch where we  candidly discussed domestic abuse, and the different warning signs. We provided  resources for people who may be experiencing domestic violence and had several domestic violence survivors share their testimonies  and their experiences.

HOPE FESTIVAL (Pine CAMP)

I June of 2017 I was fortunate to be a guest speaker for the first annual  Hope Fest 2017.  I had  the pleasure of giving my personal testimony of how I went through a domestic violence relationship and overcame the situation.  This was a memorable moment for me as this was the first time I spoke openly about my domestic violence experience.

YOUTH EXPLOSION WORKSHOP

In July, Shavonn Dougherty (Vice President) and I had the pleasure of conducting a workshop at Worship and Praise Deliverance Church. We spoke at their Youth Explosion Workshop. We talked about unhealthy verses healthy relationships.  We educated the youth by explaining to them that domestic violence does not always have to be an intimate relationship. Sometimes domestic violence can be between friends and family. We also talked about THE RED FLAGS OF DOMESTIC Violence. It was such awesome experience to have a platform to discuss domestic violence with the children

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB COMMUNITY HOUSING EVENT

In May, one of our board members, Melissa Coleman, had an opportunity to be a guest speaker at the boys and girls club for an community housing event to discuss Prevention And Intervention on Domestic Violence.

VARINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TUTORING

In September, we started tutoring the children of the Varina Athletic Association. This platform allows us to continue building relationships and more importantly trust, with the parents and the children of our community.

SELECTED TO THE BOARD OF HOUSING FAMILIES FIRST

In October, I was chosen to be a board member for Housing Families First. Formerly known as the Hilliard House, Housing Families First, provides short term shelter to families who are in transition to a permanent home.  We look forward to being a liaison between the community and the Housing Families First.

2nd ANNUAL SLAY FOR A PURPOSE FASHION SHOW

One of our biggest and most successful events of the year occurred in October. Our 2nd Annual   “Slay 4  A Purpose Fashion Show. For a second year in a row, the fashion show was a sellout event bringing more than 300 designers, models, vendors, patrons and community advocates together.  Like last year, the purpose for the fashion show was to bring awareness to domestic violence.  Throughout the promotional period we had the pleasure to appear or be featured on the following media platforms:

Monica A. Ball (Real talk)

Richmond Free Press Newspaper

While the fashion show was a huge success, we also had the pleasure of hosting a skit in the fashion show written by Ms. Michelle Lee, a play writer who has worked along the side of the infamous Tyler Perry and Jacori Lewis.  I would also like to highlight some of the survivors and advocates that participated in Slay 4 a Purpose Fashion Show, Ms. Carol Adams, Ms. Star Myles, Ms. Jamila Hunt and a host of wonderful designers, models, and domestic violence survivors.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors For This Event
Pepsi Co.
Sam’s Club
Publix Super
Lee’s Chicken
Her Design Hair Studio(Tarshan King) 804 562-9676
Royalty Carpet Care, James Harris www.royaltycarpetcare.com 804 229-4883
Heels and Dresses Boutique(Maiesha Hawkins) www.heelsanddresses.com
Tipsy Cupcake, www.tipsycupcakerva.com
Diamond Cutz Lawn Care www.Diamondcutzrva.com 804 304-5139
Dreamerz Shoes and Coats LLC (Traimaine Plummer) 804 437-1102
Richards Home Improvement Svc
New Breed Rydahz Motorcycle Club

COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS (CIS) MARTIN LUTHER KING JR MIDDLE SCHOOL

In November, we connected with Community in Schools (CIS) to mentor and tutor the students of Martin Luther King Jr Middle School. We are bringing awareness or our organization to the schools  with the hope of developing positive and resourceful relationships with not only the students but the parents as well.

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