Today we’d like to introduce you to Armishia Wiley-Adams.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I have always had a passion for helping people every since I was a little girl. I am a natural helper and I am always looking for ways to make a difference. My life’s passion statement is to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought was possible.
This began when I started volunteering at the Red Cross when I was a teenager. My job was to make sure that the patients had juice and cookies. It was a small task, but a pleasure to serve in that capacity.
I also had a job with Atlanta Private Industry Council (PIC) working at Atlanta Housing Authority, that is where I learned about public sector jobs and serving clients who had limited income for services. It was a great learning experience.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you? The road has not been a smooth road, and there were a lot of struggles along the way, but I am grateful for them.
Armishia was raised by her grandmother and uncle after her mother passed when she was only eight years old. Armishia had her first child at 16, as a result she did not graduate from high school. Although she had two more children, her second at the age of 19, and her third by the age of 21, she was determined to finish her education and worked to receive her GED. Armishia had to raise her children on public assistance and live in government-subsidized housing. Realizing she wanted better for herself and her children, she decided to take advantage of an opportunity given to her to pursue a college degree. Most expected that she would not complete the program and become just another statistic. Again, she was determined to finish what she had started and get her degree. Not only did she earn her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management w/specialization in Human Resource Management, she also earned her Master’s in Organizational Management w/specialization Organizational Leadership. Armishia’s decisions to get her GED and earn two college degrees changed the trajectory of her life. She was able to move out of government housing, get off public assistance, and enter the workforce as a professional.
She has raised her children in three of the homes she purchased over the years. One of her most rewarding and enriching experiences was working to help citizens from her community to find employment with the Welfare to Work Program.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Help United Through Caring Hands – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others. After years of soul-searching and continuous self-development, Armishia Wiley-Adams was motivated to transform her tribulation into triumph. In 2018 she founded her non-profit organization, Help United Through Caring Hands, Inc. (H.U.T.C.H), to teach women of all ages how to become self-sufficient and workforce ready.
Our mission is to transform lives from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency and sustainable careers for women.
The service areas for Help United Through are City of South Fulton and Clayton counties.
We specialize in career readiness training, life and soft skills, financial, and digital literacy.
I am most proud because we are making a difference in these women lives. We are helping them learn how to dress for success, speak confidently, how to job search, and just helping them find their own path to success.
What sets us apart is because I have over 25 years of Human Resource experience, so they are learning from experience in regards to the latest trends for Human Resources. I can also relate to most of the women that we are assisting because I have been in their shoes before, I have been on public assistance, received food stamps, stayed in low-income housing, and had no income.
Armishia feels that if she was able to overcome life’s adversities, other women can find the strength and determination to do so also. She has a passion for helping others, especially women that are currently facing the similar challenges she has faced. She was extended a hand and given a chance to create the life she knew she wanted to live. Help United Through Caring Hands (H.U.T.C.H) is her way of giving a hand to those that need it most. Her organization gives Armishia a chance to pay it forward and positively impact families that will be touched through the women that participate in her program.
So, what’s next? Any big plans? Our plans for the future is to continue to build community awareness about our organization, and looking forward to growth, impact, expansion and serving 1000 by helping them find work, start a business and earning a living that enables them to save and better support their families in 2020, and beyond.
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