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THE STORY BEHIND
A MESSAGE FROM W.M.P. FOUNDER
La Trisha Boothe
As a child, I witnessed homelessness first hand from within my family. Without going into grave details I can recall countless times of seeing this family member come with a shopping cart, park it, knock on the front door and ask for food. A VET, who served our country and homeless... In the process of time, I continued to see this and I remember thinking - there's too much money in this world for anyone to be living on the streets -
PRAISE REPORT: In recent years, with help, love and a support system this person is no longer on the streets but lives in a place of their very own!
JESUS is GREAT & GREATLY to be PRAISED!
Later in life, I attended a community college where I befriended a peer and we became friends... brilliant mind and one of the smartest people I know! Life threw this person a LOT of lemons and unfortunately there has not been a "bounce back". This friend, as intelligent as they are, has been homeless now for over 7 years. Support and encouragement have been provided but they have become accustomed to life on the streets. This is case in point for countless others, who after being on the streets for some time have become accustomed to this way of life. There are some homeless individuals who feel they have no other choice. Feeling they have no other choice because the system and their communities have failed them. Failed them with little to no resources, making processes of obtaining stable housing hard to come by. So, sadly enough SOME succumb to substance use as a means to cope. SOME "get high" all night to stay awake and protect the only belongings they own. Sadly enough the drug they chose to use the night before forces them to stay awake all day walking the streets to panhandle for recyclables, change and dollar bills as a means of income.
But... we can only imagine how life must be for the homeless if we haven't walked a mile in their shoes...
Some years back, my mother would take my sibling and I to DTLA monthly to pass out food to the homeless - on Skid Row ranging from The Midnight Mission, Union Rescue Mission to Fred Jordan Mission to pass out food. I remember seeing babies, children and people from all walks of life. Homeless individuals lining up to receive food, clothes and toiletries from Us! I remember looking at the joy on my mother's face after serving the Skid Row community - knowing the lives touched and those helped.
FAST FORWARDING to December 2017... (3) letters - WMP - caught my eye on the back of a license plate. The letters were noted, planting a seed in my mind. During the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Women Move Powerfully came into my mind for the letters - WMP - that stood out on the license plate that day in December of 2017.
In December 2020 Women Move Powerfully was established.
Women Move Powerfully was started due to the reminder of the hobby introduced to me by GOD through my mother. I was reminded of the times my family and I would go and feed the homeless.
Something rose up inside of me reminding me to rise up... take your place and help those who are in need!
I answered the call by saying YES to HIS will and YES to HIS way!
I WILL HELP THOSE IN NEED!
I MOVE AS I AM LED and it's NOT BY MY MIGHT! It's NOT BY MY POWER BUT AS GOD LEADS ME...
HE is leading me WITH PURPOSE on PURPOSE!!!
I MOVE POWERFULLY... TO BE THE CHANGE & HELP THOSE IN NEED.
I MOVE POWERFULLY... FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITIES!
Date of Article: January 2021