Episode 198 features Joshua Castillo, Co-Founder of Salood, A Not-for-profit organization that help patients and families gain a sense of leadership through the creative collaborations and the financial assistance that comes as a result of them
Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of North Texas. As a Salood founder, Joshua is excited to help patients and families gain a sense of leadership through the creative collaborations and the financial assistance that comes as a result of them. Joshua spends his spare time with family, friends and tries new restaurants with his girlfriend.
EPISODE 74: Housing Options for People with Exceptionalities
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Episode 74 is a special one because it’s really at the intersection of what this podcast is truly about. People going outside of their comfort zone and doing things that matter to them and make them fulfilled as well as doing good in this world and trying to make an impact in a positive way. I had the chance to speak with two of the founding members of H.O.P.E (Housing Options for People with Exceptionalities), Dotty Foley and Orah Raia, and learn about their story and the “Why” behind this great mission.
HOPE’s vision is to create an inclusive, mixed income community where all individuals, including those with developmental disabilities, can live meaningful and purposeful lives. The vision for this community was born from the belief that where we live matters, that all people should have the choice to live in a community of their choosing, with access to affordable housing.
HOPE’s mission, interest and commitment is to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by addressing the urgent and unmet need for affordable, accessible housing.
Creating an inclusive, supportive housing solution for individuals with disabilities must begin at the local level and requires creative strategies that combine public and private financing.
HOPE will achieve its mission by intentionally engaging neighbors of all abilities, ages, and incomes to create a supportive community. We are bringing together a diverse coalition of stakeholders, advocates and partners to adapt an innovative, award-winning housing model that’s already being successfully employed in supportive housing developments around the country with different vulnerable populations.
Episode 64 introduced the audience to Krystian Leonard, Founder of Shining S.C.A.R.S Not-For-Profit Organization, Author, Miss West Virginia Pageant participant, and the list goes on.
I had a wonderful conversation with Krystian when I met her in person at the Next Gen Summit in early June 2019 and wanted to dive deeper into her journey and share that with the audience. We covered a lot in a short time.
Miss West Virginia Competition
The Zombie Club Movie
Getting her first scars when she was 4
Dealing with bullying at school
Meeting Miss West Virginia Tiffany Lawrence
Being Positive to herself each day
Writing her book, Shining Scars
Getting involved with Next Gen
I know you all will enjoy this wide-ranging conversation and please see some more information below about Krystian.
Krystian is a 22-year-old from Morgantown, West Virginia, currently attending West Virginia University in her senior year studying broadcast journalism. Krystian founded her non-profit organization, Shining S.C.A.R.S., at the age of 14. S.C.A.R.S. stands for finding strength, building character for self-acceptance to rise above the stigma. Overcoming stigmas related to all scars is at the heart of this unique organization. The passion behind Shining S.C.A.R.S. stems from Krystian’s own personal battle and experiences resulting from visible scars beginning at the age of 4. Her surgeries left behind several large scars and she endured first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with taunts and bullying because of those scars. Her nonprofit works to gather funding to provide her children’s book Shining Scars, to children’s hospitals and recovery centers treating patients relating to burns, cleft palate, spina bifida and cancer recovery and others. By creating a positive and character building organization it is Krystian’s goal to build an informative community aiding in the healing process. You can learn how to get involved by visiting www.shiningscars.com