To provide access and exposure to programs and services that will renew minds and restore hope for low-income individuals and families in the Southside Region.
1. STORY is a community organization whose first responsibility is to serve low-income individuals and families, helping them develop a new mindset and new way of life;
2. STORY is a regionally-focused organization that uses existing data to drive decision making for the Southside Region;
3. STORY is firmly committed to transparency, and will build and maintain the trust of its customers, funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders; and,
4. STORY is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing services to the community by utilizing and managing partnerships effectively.
STORY is very new and is in the process of becoming a successful nonprofit organization. STORY has received its first micro grant from the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), which will allow the organization to hold its first quarterly technology workshop with girls in upper elementary school grades. The ML2 after school program is also transition from HRHA to STORY. Being a new organization we are facing the challenge of building awareness of our brand and mission. This challenge is being addressed through creation of a communications plan as a component to a comprehensive two year strategic plan developed with Najmah Thomas Consulting.
While we face an uphill climb, each board member brings a unique contribution to STORY. I am proud to serve as the President of the board as I am a recipient of housing assistance through HRHA. I personally know what it is to struggle and feel like it’s a lack of resources for people who genuinely care without placing a judgement. It’s a lot of negative stigmatism attached with being low-income or living in an income driven facility that a person has to overcome. I am a mother of three girls and I know the programs that Story will have to offer will be a great asset to their future.
In closing I believe that the youth from low-income families need preparation in order to connect to and participate in the new economy. Story will help with the rebuilding and renewing of hope for a better quality of life in the Southside region by“Transforming the Southside Region, one Story at a time." One of my favorite quotes is “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. (Buddha)
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