Jonathan Cronstedt and Empower Network send a message of hope
Making a positive difference in others’ lives has so many benefits. The more people involved, the greater the impact. One non-profit that is positively impacting people’s lives in the Central Florida area is the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. This organization impressed me – as a CEO and as an individual – and the Cronstedt team at Empower Network with its work for the homeless.
One of the Coalition’s success stories centers around Jamie and Xavier. Their story is very moving, so I wanted to share it with you here.
Jamie is a 34-year-old single mom with a 9-year-old son, Xavier. Similar to one in three Americans, the duo was one paycheck away from homelessness. Then Jamie lost her job, couldn’t pay her bills and was evicted from her home. That’s when she found the Coalition.
“Somebody else believes in me, so I have to believe in myself,” she said.
The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida linked Jaime to an on-site partner to complete her GED certificate and she has now started classes at Valencia Community College. She hopes to get her degree in sports medicine and massage therapy. Additionally, the Coalition helped Jamie find not just one, but two jobs.
Jamie isn’t the only one thriving. Xavier is now an honor-roll student and is involved in the on-site Boys and Girls Club, and the two are currently on the waiting list for a community housing program.
On an average night, the Coalition accommodates 673 people. The Coalition provides food and shelter, support, education and mental health services with the overall goal of fostering self-sufficiency and generational change.
There are hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans like Jamie and Xavier, and they all have the Coalition in their corner. The Coalition turns obstacles into motivation; motivation inspires action; action breeds empowerment.
At our October conference, Empower Network made a $10,000 donation to this worthy cause. Empower Network’s mission is to empower as many people as possible through the network, training, products, support, opportunities and the honest and authentic message of hope and freedom that Empower Network offers. That message of hope extends far beyond the reach of our marketing systems and training programs.
At Empower Network, we believe that individuals can use the struggles, hardships and experiences they’ve had in life and turn them into their most empowering assets.
“The generosity of the Coalition’s supporters gave me a place to go. It gave me options,” Jamie said.
One in three Americans are living paycheck to paycheck on the brink of homelessness, but it is Empower Network’s goal to eradicate homelessness and this statistic. We hope to send an authentic message of hope and freedom, and through empowerment, we hope that struggles can become success, and I am thankful to be a part of a company that makes this possible.