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When someone says they don’t know where to start, people always say start at the beginning but I’m not really sure where the beginning is... Because Take My Hand has been in my spirit since I was about six years old. I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.

I'll allow all of your assumptions about my hometown stand... One night, while watching the evening news, like my mother and I did every -- single --  day, a story about homelessness in Baltimore aired. After watching the story share the incredibly sad and disheartening stories about people from where I'm from, I turned to my mother, at six, and said, "Mommie, I want to build an apartment complex for all of the homeless people to live! I'm going to pray to God to bless me with money so I can do it!" My mother looked at me, gave her encouraging words AND rebuttals... Little did we BOTH know, God was moving even then.

 

My freshman year at Spelman College, I sat in a financial seminar... I had no idea how my life was about to be changed! During that seminar, the panel discussed finance, business, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and all things money that I could not relate. At the beginning of the seminar, one panelist asked the question, "If any of you had a $500 emergency, how many of you could handle it with no problem?" A little more than half of Cosby Auditorium raised their hand but I just barely paid my tuition so I couldn’t raise mine. That stuck with me...

myself out of the bed and to my computer. I googled “I need help,” and at the time, the Stanford commencement speech delivered by Steve Jobs was one of the first links that came up. I watched it and cried the entire 15 minutes as Mr. Jobs shared anecdotes of connecting your past experiences to your future success, finding love and purpose in losing every thing, taking negatives and focusing on positives, and using the intellectual concept of death as a mighty motivator. Mr. Jobs’ stories were beyond motivational for me and were a God send; they held healing for my mind and spirit.

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Goals of Take My Hand

"This is so freaking dope cousin! Wow!

Your vision. Your progress. Your growth.

I am in awe!" 

 

Take My Hand, logo, Morgan France-Johnson, stigma, mental health, wellness