Be sure to “Mark” your calendars to join us for a beautiful day of education, encouragement, and entertainment on October 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Purchase your tickets here:

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We will have two awesome keynote speakers:  Dr. Candice P. Cooper, Owner/Therapist/CEO of A New Creation Psychotherapy Services, located in Fayetteville, GA and Officer James Howard, a local and state certified law enforcement Domestic Violence Instructor, who works with the Clarksville Police Department, located in Clarksville TN.   Ms. McKinzie will also be sharing her experiences with domestic violence and how it motivated her to establish this organization in order to help, aid and assist others that have been victimized.   Musical entertainment will be provided by Mr.  Felix Paul, he will entertain us with smooth tunes via saxophone.    

The event will include silent auction (some of the items up for auction include one 8-day/-night vacation stay at a location of your choice (i.e. Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio, etc.), performing arts tickets, gift baskets and more, several raffles) from sponsors: Travel Advantage Network, Dollywood, Great Smoky Mountains, TN, Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, Agatha Christie Mystery Restaurant, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Family Dollar Corporate Contributions, Marlow’s Tavern, Alex and Ani (charity jewelry designers), Aurora Theatre, AJ Stevenson: Theatrical Outfit, Zoo Atlanta, MinkeeBlue by Sherrill Minkee, and various gift baskets created by Sonya McKinzie, CEO & President.

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WOMEN OF VIRTUE TRANSITIONAL FOUNDATION PRESENTS ….

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Be sure to “Mark” your calendars to join us for a beautiful day of education, encouragement, and entertainment on October 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Sonya McKinzie, the CEO & President of the nonprofit organization, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation will be hosting the organization’s first fundraiser event!  The brunch will focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention as well as various methods for helping victims and survivors work through various situations associated with domestic violence including the healing, growing, and empowering processes. The event will include a silent auction (some of the items up for auction include one 8-day/7-night vacation stay at a variety of locations of your choice, performing arts tickets, gift baskets and more, several raffles, and a viewing of Domestic Violence Art handpainted by the CEO and President herself.

Proceeds from this event are allocated for the “Healing Through Art Therapy Program” which will be the organization’s first program for helping survivors heal creatively through painting, poetry, and creative writing. Visit our web site to learn more about the organization: http://www.perfectly-imperfect-womenofvirtue.com/

To learn more and purchase your ticket(s) to the event: Click Here.

 

 

LOOKING TO FILL TWO PART-TIME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN GWINNETT COUNTY, INTERESTED?

 

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LOOKING TO FILL TWO PART-TIME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, INTERESTED?

Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation is seeking volunteers to fill the positions of Part time administrative assistant and research/grant writer. If you are interested in being part of an organization that is working towards eradicating domestic violence, please visit our website athttp://www.perfectly-imperfect-womenofvirtue.com/. If after reading a bit about us, you are interested in donating your time and efforts, please visit the Contact Us page and share a little about yourself and what areas you are interested in volunteering. Thank you in advance!

Perfectly Imperfect in Purple Brunch & Fundraiser: The event will be held in October, the month of Domestic Violence Awareness

 

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Following the 2016 release of Sonya McKinzie’s book Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the Pain the nonprofit organization, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation was formed. The organization was born through the vision, experience, empowerment, and growth of a survivor of domestic violence. WOVTF will be hosting its 1st Annual Fundraiser Brunch on Saturday, October 29th at Olde Towne Tavern & Grille located at 835 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This will be the organization’s first event and will be a tribute to the bravery and strength of survivors of violence. Hence, the fundraiser’s theme is “Moving Above and Beyond the Pain: Education, Encouragement, and Empowerment,” and will address the various ways survivors of violence deal with the abuse they have experienced through utilization of services provided by Law and Legal, Counseling, and Creative and Art Therapy entities such as Police Departments, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation and New Creation Psychotherapy Services LLC to those in need, and how they move forward through empowerment towards achievement in their lives. WOVTF expects to continue to bring awareness to issues of domestic violence and the types of empowering services and opportunities made available to survivors.

The day will include a delicious brunch and optional mimosas, words from the CEO & President, Sonya McKinzie, a native of Brunswick, GA and has been in Atlanta, GA since 2003. She is a certified domestic violence advocate, author, and holds degrees in Business Management and Human Services Counseling and most importantly she is a survivor of domestic abuse. Her passion lies with helping to make a difference in the lives of women who have experienced abuse and in the local and national communities overall.

The event will feature two extraordinary guest speakers, Dr. Candice P. Cooper and Officer James G. Howard, entertainment will be provided via saxophone by Felix Paul, and there will be a silent auction and several raffles. Examples of Survivors’ art will be on display which will represent the “Art Therapy Program”. All funds raised from the fundraiser will be applied towards the implementation of the Art Therapy Program which is a creative form of art, used to assist with healing from traumatic experiences. The program will be the first of more to come that will be provided by the organization.

Be sure to purchase your tickets before September 1st, after that date the ticket fee will increase. To purchase your ticket(s) click the link below:

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Pay It Forward, it could bring someone through “It”

This year has been a challenge for me, it has felt like a constant juggling act. It has not been easy working full-time, trying to mold a new creation (recently established nonprofit organization) which was once a dream of mine into a movement that will make a powerful impact on lives locally and nationally, while being a single parent. Please know that I am not complaining; however, I have learned so many things that I would not have through the eyes of someone else. One thing I have learned is God has blessed me with far more than some and less than others; all the same, I am grateful and highly-favored.

I would love to share an experience that I had most recently, that I think is worth sharing. As a start-up nonprofit organization, I had this preconception that because we are founded on “humility and charity” I automatically assumed that we looked out for one another. In other words, I look to other organizations and CEOs & Presidents that are where I am trying to go for mentorship and motivation yet, I have found myself disappointed. Personally, I believe in “Paying It Forward”; in other words, reach back and give someone a hand-up. Now this doesn’t necessarily apply to organizations but in general.

As a survivor of domestic violence, God led me to this path. The path of establishing a nonprofit that helped empower, educate, and motivate women who are broken as a result of domestic violence. It has become extremely clear to me that is absolutely necessary to help, love, and share with others. When I say sharing, I am not referring to financially, I am referring to educationally, personally, professionally, spiritually, and/or benevolently. Nevertheless, it has been poignantly shown that everyone that prospers in any of the aforementioned ways do not agree that it is necessary to “Pay It Forward”. My recent experience with that, made me respond with a “WOW” because in my gullibility I felt, we should always be thoughtful of others and help one another as we grow in any form or fashion. When I reached out to someone in my field of work “Nonprofit” for support and they placed a price point on sharing their experience with domestic violence with others, I was extremely saddened. Why? Because I don’t ask for money to share my story, one that will make a major difference in the lives of others.

To you, if you have the ability to “Pay It Forward” whether it be education, spiritual experience, life experience, knowledge, etc. I say, do so! You never know what a difference your nonphysical gift will make in the life of someone that is “Going Through It”. Your story, your words, your presence could make a world of a difference and guess what there is no fee associated with sharing with someone else.

Pay It Forward and help pull someone “Through It”.

Love, Peace, and Blessings,

Sonya McKinzie

CEO & President, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc.