Joy Amuedo volunteers with the Columbia Community Garden Coalition as a garden manager for the St. Joseph Street garden in Columbia, Missouri. She served two years as an AmeriCorps member with the University of Missouri, Kansas City-Institute for Human Development’s Community Support Navigators program, at the local host site, Boone County Family Services, mentoring individuals with disabilities.
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Ms. Lailah A. Muwwakkil is the Director and Founder of L’ S O A R the acronym originally stood for Ladies-Striving, Overturning, Achieving, Receiving, Reward because she was originally working with female foster youth via Sacramento County’s Sacramento Assessment Center. When they asked her to also service their young men the acronym L’ S O A R also became known as, Leaders-Striving, Overturning, Achieving, Receiving, Rewarding.
This couple explains their motivation for service in a scripture quote of "to whom much is given, much is expected" and say that God has been good to them and as long as he gives them the strength to help others, they will continue to do so. An excellent example of caring, considerate and dedicated individuals who at the ages of 87 and 89, with steadily increasing gas prices, brave the elements to deliver meals to those desperately in need of home delivered meals.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, many of the nonprofit agencies in the Mississippi area were homeless. The aftermath of the storm placed such strains on their limited staff and facilities – many of whom were working out of portable buildings – that their own needs for adequate office space were put on the back burner. Anthony Topazi, President of MS Power Company and the Gulf Coast Business Council had a vision and the drive to have a nonprofit center to house a majority of the nonprofit agencies along the Gulf Coast.