Redemption Community Development Corporation (RCDC) and Texas A&M University, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) are forming a collaborative partnership to establish a multifaceted, community-based Leadership Academy located in the Houston metropolitan area. The Leadership Academy under the auspices of RCDC and CEHD will provide accessible post-secondary educational opportunities for members of the community leading to a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or a certificate in leadership or other targeted areas of study. The Leadership Academy will support the College of Education and Human Development’s mission of engaging innovative community partnerships with diverse student populations. This partnership will support RCDC’s mission to enrich the lives of individuals and families within the Houston community and beyond.
During the devastating pandemic of COVID-19, in 2020, Lady O heard the voice of God asking her to "go live" on social media and reach out to other women. She responded, and "Tea Talk Klub", a one-hour talk show was birthed. As of now, Tea Talk Klub w/ Lady O, has been going for over 2 years. It is a show with real talk about real issues over tea! Every Sunday @3, Lady O has discussions about topics that are in the news and various important stories with her team for relevant discussions that are sure to impact your life!
The Team was celebrated with a Voter Empowerment Appreciation Event. This event was designed to thank those who made calls, trained and assisted voters with any questions or concerns when it came to voting in this election. The Team had pizza, snacks and water and prizes with the Thrivent logo with a chocolate treat taped to the water. They were gifted with a "Daily Bread", mints and a Thrivent Thank You card, a Thrivent "Give Generously" t-shirt in their designated sizes and a "Women Empowered to Vote" Award, thanking them for all their hard work and dedication to this project. The Thrivent writing books were also given as a gift which was included inside the envelop with the Thank You cards.
Debriefing the Team allowed everyone to touch base on how they felt about how the project (Your Vote Matters) went. Experiences and stories were shared regarding how they impacted voters.
The testimonials consisted of the team sharing their stories of how this election impacted them personally and the many positive conversations that were held. They also discussed any challenges they faced and how that was overcome. It was so much fun. Thank You, Thrivent!
THE DREAM TEAM
There were over 25 dedicated ladies who volunteered and trained. For months, these women dedicated a significant amount of their time to reach out to voters and remind them they had a voice and helped them understand that their voice mattered. This was done by social media, phone calls, emails and ZOOM conference calls.
RCDC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
First Met’s Leadership Academy provides extensive leadership preparation courses that are spirit-filled and designed to equip the learner with knowledge, skills, and applicable tools to effectively lead. Classes are available for new or experienced leaders. Sessions will strengthen and promote spiritual development and guidance. Registration is required one month ahead for “Zoom” and “Google Class”. Courses are offered in February, May, August, and October.
RCDC LEGACY FOUNDATION
The Legacy Foundation serves to provide citizens the opportunity to give to programs they are passionate about. RCDC Legacy Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization focused on addressing disparities in our most challenging demographic communities. Giving can be done now or after their death, and will be done in many unique forms. The funds will be used to promote the ongoing programs of RCDC. Donors can specify the area they want to designate their gifts. These funds can be donated from an individual, grants, insurance policies real estate, vehicles, partnerships, scholarships, trust funds, and charitable giving.
FIGHTING FOOD INSECURITY IN OUR COMMUNITY
AND A HISTORY OF SUCCESS IN BLACK COMMUNITIES
The Dream Academy for the African American Community
Summer Learning Camp
Early Childhood Day Care and Afterschool Care
Financial Workshops for Families with Thrivent
Constructing more than 20 durable homes in Haiti in the “HOMES for HAITI” international project (2017-present)
constructing 15 homes in Jamaica (currently in progress, 2020)
developing and operating the “You Belong” food pantry in collaboration with the Houston Food Bank, serving 500 Houston family units monthly (2009-present)
Hosting annual empowerment women’s conferences for more than 20 years, each serving over 200 women, including those from the Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter
Hosting annual empowerment and leadership conferences for men and women
Community-based festivals and events that provide education, entertainment, health information and resources to families that promote , serving more than 1,000 family units
Operating a walk-in “Clothing Pantry” for the community (2012-present)
Serving as a national Hurricane Relief Center (Harvey, 2017, Katrina 2005)
Constructing two community playgrounds in the African American community
The Legacy Foundation
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