Over 20 years ago, Stephanie Bowman found herself homeless and living on the streets. After suffering sexual assault, addiction and losing custody of her children, Stephanie knew something had to change. She walked into treatment with nothing, and connected with 23 other woman who, although all different, connected over feeling broken. She made it her mission that no other woman would ever be in the same position, stranded without resources. After volunteering with other charities, Stephanie opened One Heart for Women and Children. She shares with Secily Wilson how the all-volunteer organization is now able to help over 20,000 people a month.
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In this edition of Growing Bolder’s Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives, we highlight the lives of men and women in Central Florida. We share their stories because the passion, purpose and significance they find in their daily lives is attainable for all of us. We just have to believe that more is possible.
From her small-town beginnings in rural Arkansas, Mary Lee Downey had big-time desires to do what she could to help correct injustices and stand up for those in need.
Taking care of our mental health is one of the most important, yet often-overlooked aspects of our overall wellbeing. It can be especially challenging for those entering retirement and facing a new stage of life.
Sometimes the simplest thing – a song, a smile, a dance – can mean everything. When you have dementia, there aren’t many places to go. At Our Moment Cafe, caregivers and patients can find acceptance. Bill Shafer shares the story of Dick Boyden and Joan Bender, who started an Our Moment Cafe in The Villages, Florida
Dr. Sylvia Earle fell in love with the ocean splashing in the Gulf of Mexico near her hometown of Dunedin,…
Meet Debbie Petry, a 64-year-old who is combing the powers of technology and meditation to make a difference in the world.
The secret to doing more good is to do more of what you love. Here are some tips to help you use your unique talents and skillsets to have fun while you’re giving back.
As a medical doctor, photographer, mother, world traveler and FAA Certified Drone Pilot, Claire Johnson has many impressive attributes. Intelligence. Persistence. Determination. But her greatest characteristic might be this: staying open to the possibilities.
Certified domestic violence advocate Sheryl Kurland had the skills she needed to help the women take steps to move forward in their lives. Still, using advice from her mother, she found a way to do even more.
Vivian Stancil, once a morbidly obese woman with an intense fear of the water is now a healthy, city official who runs two non-profits.
When Colleen Gonzales found her childrens’ school programs were lacking, she got to work and found her own fulfillment along the way.
Tonja Anderson-Dell started her nonprofit Honored Bound to help families find the remains of service members missing from military plane crashes. It began as a personal quest and ended up helping dozens.