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๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š-๐™„๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š๐™˜๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ข๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ

Last night, I had the opportunity to share on a panel at the ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š-๐™„๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š๐™˜๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ข๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ, a UNCC sponsored event at Freedom Communities. This was the culmination of a study conducted by 3 UNCC professors (all Black women) over the course of many months. They provided guidance and support to black mothers in transition and created space for their voices to be heard through the power of #storytelling!

Research shows that Black women in Charlotte have the highest odds of housing insecurity in Charlotte. We, as Black women in Charlotte, also have the lowest odds of upward economic mobility. Yet, time and again, women that Hope Vibes serve weekly and the women represented in the room last nightโ€ฆ. and I mean, honestly, the majority of Black women I know in Charlotte ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธโ€ฆ. press forward with resiliency, even in our weakness! It was moving to hear women present share their storiesโ€ฆ some whoโ€™ve already overcome and some still on the process of overcoming.

The 3 things I felt compelled to share with these ladies were:

โญ๏ธ ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™”๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™๐™๐™„๐˜ฝ๐™€. Housed or unhousedโ€ฆ. Overcame or overcomingโ€ฆ we all need community! Life can be hardโ€ฆ but itโ€™s harder alone.

โญ๏ธ ๐˜ผ๐™Ž๐™† ๐™๐™Š๐™ ๐™’๐™ƒ๐˜ผ๐™ ๐™”๐™Š๐™ ๐™‰๐™€๐™€๐˜ฟ. Donโ€™t be ashamed to ask for guidance & support. Even if the person you ask canโ€™t help you, they may know the person who can. My mom, Barbara Crumpler, always reminds me, โ€œYou have not because you ask not.โ€

โญ๏ธ ๐™„๐™โ€™๐™Ž ๐˜ผ ๐™…๐™Š๐™๐™๐™‰๐™€๐™”. Where you are today, is not where youโ€™re always be. Your present pain is not the totality of your story. Things will get better, so donโ€™t lose hope. Donโ€™t give up. Pastor Dana Blue asked the question in her message Sunday, โ€œWhat is this pain trying to produce in me?โ€ Even though itโ€™s hard to see sometimes, all things work together for our good.

Thank you Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis, Dr. Kendra Jason, Dr. Tehia Starker Glass and Dr. Michelle Meggs for creating such an empowering platform and sharing space with me ๐Ÿ’œ.

Give Hope Daily,

Adrienne Threatt

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