WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
About Everyday Connect4
Everyday Connect4 is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect women from all walks of life and empower them to find their God given purpose. We will strive to equip women with resources that will help promote positive change in their lives which will ultimately help enhance our community as we focus in four areas of life: faith, family, finance and fitness.
Statistics today show in nearly 70% of our households there's at least one woman who is the sole caregiver. This means more women are no longer managing their own needs but having to assist others with their needs too. Caregivers can be paid, but are often unpaid which can lead to high levels of stress. Everyday Connect4 offers resources to equip and educate through exposure of others doing similar things well. Women "empowering" women in the community while determined to bring more awareness.
An "exposure" is a fire resulting from another fire....Everyday Connect4 understands more things are achieved when seen. Positive women connecting with other positive women will always creates positive thinking for positive changes.
Everyday Connect4 believes in the slogan, it takes a village. We host quarterly workshops bringing in a variety of style leaders to share tips, tools and knowledge in areas that best serve the heart of the community. One prayer is each "encounter" will inspire women to see their goals as attainable.
Everyday Connect4 strives to remain at the heart of all women needs. Each opportunity women are given to connect, my prayer is that each one will "envision" their own hidden heart desires and find their strength again.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
To connect women from all walks of life, provide an atmosphere in which they can envision a life beyond today.
To give a sudden exposure of their own heart desires that may have been previously hidden.
To hope for each one to have an encounter with another woman that will drive them toward greater.
To empower each one by equipping them with tools to help fulfill their God given purpose in life.
To strengthen the community while building positive relationships using a village of resources to educate women in 4 areas:
"FAITH, FAMILY, FINANCE, & FITNESS"
Why It Started
Everyday Connect4 was founded after being exposed to women from all walks of life who I watched provide care for so many; while leaving little to no time at all for themselves. Today, after working in the field of hospice (caring for terminally ill) more than fifteen years now, women are still placing their names last on the list for care. It was a long time ago but I can still recall being uncomfortable whenever staff members out of nowhere would enter my office, close the door behind them, and let the words roll off their tongue “Ms. Angel, please pray for me”. Prayer was not foreign to me; however, being asked to pray for others was very uncomfortable; in fact, it was just plain ole weird. Nonetheless; they continued asking so I continued praying and their request grew to no longer just for them but now for their families and their finances too.
Yes, a lot to chew (smile) but more than anything our relationships grew. All the while my own life was a hot mess, I still consistently prayed and some times with very little rest for myself. God has given me a task; one I myself would have never asked. Exodus Chapter 4: “God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those he calls.."
Receiving prayer request from others should never make one feel above others; instead, the fact is it causes you to connect more with people. One thing I've learned to be true is we all share a lot more in common than any of us ever knew. I may not have been the woman leaving one job, going to a second job; but, I was a woman leaving my job going home to provide for a family, be a confidant for a friend while still trying to be everything for everyone else while excluding being someone for me.
Who knew that when we ask, God so graciously grants. My prayer to Him was to allow me the resources to bring the women together to engage in conversation that would help encourage, equip and embrace them with God's light. I prayed for a safe space for us all to be free to receive love, be fed instead of feeding, receive gifts instead of giving and to simply receive back what we pour out. God answered abundantly and the very first workshop was so breath taking we continue quarterly. Habakkuk 2: 2-4 “And the Lord answered me: write the vision and make it plain on tablet, that he who reads it may run.” When it is written down and then implemented, those we lead can run with it and we will see it succeed. A clear process begins to develop as it is made plain. My prayer is to keep teaching and sharing the vision.
Angel, the proud Founder of Everyday Connect4, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created to connect women from all walks of life, equip them with tools and empower them to see life more abundantly as they grow and develop in four pillars of life: faith, family, finance and fitness.
Angel, born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, has one sister and two brothers. Being a Southern girl, she naturally inherited her southern charm and hospitality. Although; she herself, has not been exempt from hardships, pain, suffering or losses in life. Angel has always strived to love all and live life in its fullness. Trials have come and gone but her magnetic smile, tender heart and love for people remains.
Proverbs 19:21 “many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” This verse holds true in her life because while her mom was searching for better, God was using those searches as Angel's early stages of connecting. Before graduating high school in 1990, Angel herself had attended a total of fourteen schools. Her summers were always stable because they were all spent at her grandmother Joyce house. In this house, Angel was known as the little teacher and the new reporter (LOL). For as long as she can recall, her summers were spent making lesson plans for her cousins, sharing her candy, and enjoying seeing them happy. Today, Angel is still teaching, sharing resources, serving others and loving on people.
Her passion for people has afforded her a variety of opportunities to serve. Angel's helping hands have been used in many organizations; all affecting change. The local public schools, health and wellness events, women in domestic violence, homeless shelters, prison ministries and many more have been touched by her hands. Angel has no respecter of people, she embraces the diversity of the world.
Today, Angel has now lived in Irving, Texas more than twenty years. She is ecstatically grateful to God for all He is creating her to become. She is a wife, a mom to 4 beautiful young adults and a Gigi to two handsome little boys, Eli Benjamin and Kylen Blake. These two little boys have her heart and are her greatest joy in life.