Have you been inspired by the kindness of someone while scrolling through social media?
I have never met Audrey in person, but for the past few years she continues to pop up on my social media feed with opportunities to support the NE Minneapolis community. I reached out and asked if she would be willing to share a bit about herself, and the "why's" behind her kindness.
"My name is Audrey D Williams and I am a single mom to two grown daughters, Kharis and Kharita and a son Isaiah who attends Edison High School. I moved to Minesota after the passing of my mom from ovarian cancer. I have been a NE Minneapolis resident since 2003 (I lived in Columbia Heights from 2001-2003).
I am the CEO/Founder of TMM Community Resource Services. My passion is working with single moms and providing resources for the homeless community.
I am employed full-time with Lutheran Social Service as well as being a part-time student at University of Northwestern, pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree.
I love having family gatherings at my home. There are times when I just want to be goofy and make others laugh. I love telling stories.
My values are rooted in my relationship and faith in God. There are scriptures in the Bible that tells us to care for the widows, orphans and the outcasts. We are to feed the hungry, visit those who are in prison or sick in the hospital and clothe the naked. Those are the principles that I strive to live by daily.
It doesn’t take a lot to be kind to one another. Kindness can be shown in a myriad of ways. I make it a practice to give kind words to others daily, no matter what I am going through. I would love to see us get to the place where we become a village of people again. What does that mean? Intentionally getting to know our neighbors, forming community group that will rally around those in our community who are struggling just trying to make ends meet; being strategic on how we can effectively help them and build them up at the same time.
Hand-outs to an extent, aren't effective anymore.........the primary goal should be giving others a hand-across, valuing them for who they are and not for what you can do for them.
Lately, I have found so much pleasure in just getting in my car and driving.
I love 2-3hr road trips where I get to enjoy the beauty of God's nature. It also helps to relieve some of the stress of life."
Want to get involved?
Audrey recommends checking out East Side Neighborhood Services!
Let's show up, let's be kind.