My passion for consulting is supporting others to immerse themselves in a vision and engage in strategic actions to move toward that vision. In other words, I encourage others to uncover what matters in their lives and then start building.
Over the past few years, I have been able to consult with Mrs. Shakeeta Torres (licensed clinical social worker, certified trauma professional, certified life coach) prior to, during, and after the development of Doing It For The Kingdom, Inc. a nonprofit organization designed to confront human trafficking and meet the needs of survivors. Below are excerpts from Mrs. Torres' experiences and the valuable outcome of developing a nonprofit that meets the needs of an incredible population. She titled this, The Birthing of Doing It For The Kingdom, Inc.
I had reconnected with my former professor, Dr. Veronica Hardy. I was telling her about my private practice, EmPowered2Shift PLLC. She brought it to my attention that she thought I would do a great job with serving survivors of human trafficking through counseling.
“In … January 2019 I had reconnected with my former professor, Dr. Veronica Hardy. I was telling her about my private practice, EmPowered2Shift PLLC. She brought it to my attention that she thought I would do a great job with serving survivors of human trafficking through counseling. I was not receptive at first because I did not think that I could do so, and I knew that their needs required specialized attention. She began to pull on me and remind me of all the trainings and certifications I had gained over the past few years and how my Faith in God could help strengthen them. She shared with me an article she had wrote and other resources to educate myself about Human Trafficking. I began studying and reading and trying to find ways that I could help stop human trafficking …
Fast forward, Dr. Hardy had told me that my Alma Mater, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke …was hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Workshop ... The event was mind blowing … I continued to research ways that I could help, and I came across Shared Hope International. I applied to be an Ambassador of Hope and began their study program … By the summer of 2019, I had officially become an Ambassador of Shared Hope … In June 2019, I attended Cumberland County Courthouse Training for the New Worth Court program … Again, I was driven with passion and motivation to help and felt that burning passion that I must do something to help.
Dr. Hardy and I hosted and facilitated our own Human Trafficking Workshop, it was amazing and the turn-out was great … In March 2020, I was a speaker at my alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and my topic was about Human Trafficking …
… October 2019, I had the logo created, I did a YouTube video about it and a few people
bought the shirts ... November of 2019, God told me that Doing It For The Kingdom Inc. was a nonprofit … In February 2020, Dr. Hardy and I hosted and facilitated our own Human Trafficking Workshop, it was amazing and the turn-out was great … In March 2020, I was a speaker at my alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and my topic was about Human Trafficking …
In May 2020, I was driving, and I heard the Lord say, go ahead and start the non-profit, there is a need … I hired an attorney to jump start that process and here we are today with Doing It for The Kingdom, Inc., a 501c3 Tax exempt organization whose mission is to help educate our communities and surrounding areas and provide services to survivors and victims of human trafficking.”
Mrs. Torres' story conveys the importance of recognizing the vision and being strategic in moving toward the vision. During Mrs. Torres' vision, Covid-19 hit, which devastated many families, businesses and dreams. However, she continued her journey, with challenges along the way.
Are there challenges attempting to block you from your vision?
Do you need a moment to reset, readjust, and refocus?
What may be keeping you from pursuing your vision?
What could help you to frame your vision?
If you could take one step today to pursue that vision, what would it be?
The video above is a presentation that took place during a women's empowerment summit with a focus on the unrecognized grief of losing a vision and other life hopes. However, remember that the vision may not have been lost. Instead, adjustments may have been made, new strategies developed, and a moment is needed to pause and "reset."