How long have you been involved with VOH?
Since August 2015
How have you been involved with Voice of Hope?
I serve as Director of Education and Training. My responsibilities consist of
strengthening partnerships with the State of Texas, Dallas Afterschool, Uplift, and The School Zone just to name a few. Along with overseeing programs, I train the staff that they may present our biblical based curriculum in such a way that our participants are able to retain the content. Furthermore, I collect data that demonstrates the effectiveness of our program as we seek to fulfill our mission and vision.
What does Voice of Hope mean to you?
Voice of Hope reflects Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." The two things that stand out in this text is “make disciples” and “teach them”. At VOH not only do we attempt to make disciples but we also teach them through our bible based curriculum. This eternal work brings a new definition to the educational phrase “no child left behind”.
What is your favorite part/aspect of Voice of Hope?
My favorite aspect of VOH consists of the extent that we go to to serve in this community. What a blessing to be a part of an organization that will feed the hungry, clothe the needy, educate spiritually and academically those who are willing to be taught, and work alongside others who want to make a difference while upholding our Christian values. I recognize the thoughtfulness of our board and chair to give to this community through VOH not for public recognition but simply because they care. It has been a blessing to work alongside our president, who has demonstrated himself to be a visionary in how to best serve the families of West Dallas.
What is your favorite memory with VOH?
The opportunities that the staff has to enjoy food, fellowship and fun. Most recently the Christmas party in 2016 where I prepared a lovely ham and brisket, which the staff truly enjoyed. Not to mention, Thanksgiving 2016 where I deep fried three turkeys. One was Cajun seasoned, lemon peppered, while the third turkey provided a robust McCormick’s blackened seasoning truly to die for. Camille brought the jello while Brenda brought the cups.
How has Voice of Hope made a difference to you?
Voice of Hope has allowed me to see and serve in a section of Dallas that I had no familiarity with at all. As a native of Dallas, I was mostly familiar with the southern sector however while serving in West Dallas I noticed that there are similar pressing issues. So now I privileged to use my background and experience to serve as an employee of VOH.
Why is Voice of Hope important to the community?
Voice of Hope is important to the community, because outside the church and home we are the only faith based service with a vigorous academic component. We are also capable of providing data as well as the testimonies of those we serve to show the effect upon our participants.
What inspires you most about VOH?
There are two things that encourage me while serving at Voice of Hope. First, VOH consists of the best staff that I have worked with since 2015. It is such a blessing to come to work with such a diverse staff seeking to fulfil the same mission. Secondly, creating the curriculum in such a way that is most beneficial to our staff and students
Why is it important for VOH to incorporate the Christian curriculum in its programs?
A number of our students do not attend church service where they can grow in knowledge and in grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is important for VOH to provide biblical based content that our children shall be fully equipped in all of the challenges that they will face in life. Furthermore, VOH gives believers a vineyard to serve and work the works of Him that sent us while it is day for when the night comes none of us will be able to work.
What is a little-known fact about you that you’d like to share?
I have two grandbabies on the way!
Stories of Hope
Voice of Hope is proud to share a series of stories through this year that will tell the history of Voice of Hope and what a tremendous impact your support has had in the community and so many lives.