My inspiration to become a part of OVL Foundation derives from an imperative need, to help ensure that its core vision and mission become a vital reality in the lives of many young women transitioning from Foster Care, into well-deserved and productive lives.
In as much, my inspiration is reinforced from an unforgettable experience, when encountered of a young single teen-age mother who faced losing her (3) children to Social Services. She was sadly without hope; she was in much despair; she had no support system; she lacked critical life skills, essential to caring for herself as well as basic parenting skills. She was ready to give up. It was her aimless, down-trodden “I just don’t care anymore” lifeless and weary walk, which caught my attention. It was the Lord Who perfectly timed our paths as total strangers to cross. It was the Love of Christ in me, to take immediate interest and inquire of her well-being. I assisted her as best to prepare for a Social Services visit that determined fate of whether she retained custody of her children. She (barely) passed. Unfortunately, a subsequent ‘surprise’ visit resulted in losing child custody. She was, however, so very grateful for the Love and Help that allowed remaining time with her children. It gave her hope, vowing to do her best to regain custody.
That significant encounter instilled purpose to become an integral part of OVL Foundation upon formal invitation. This purpose transcends my heart to ensure young single mothers do not lack essential parenting and self-care skills; this purpose culminates my desire to empower young, targeted women to utilize all available services and valuable curriculum OVL Foundation offers. Further purposed on my integral part- is the driving force to help equip young women/single mothers to live optimum, sustained and confident lives.
I personally feel I can contribute to make OVL vision a reality by First, embracing and believing in its underlying goals and mission. Secondly, I feel having a compassionate heart filled with the genuine Love of Christ, is a ‘Must’ for our targeted clientele to come to know and feel Love- for it is Love that overarches my contributing service with OVL Foundation.
Although OVL Foundation was not in existence at the time I encountered the young teenage mother, that experience left an indelible mark and an incredible fortitude to help make the OVL Foundation vision, a solid and true reality in the lives of all young women who cross its threshold. In as much, each client served will be a personal dedication to the young teen mother who actually helped to prepare, mold and shape my heart for future outpouring of all OVL Foundation’s significant and valuable importance to the lives of our target clientele, whom I personally welcome with open arms to enter its portals of Love.✨