We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Evvie Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Evvie, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behing my sucess is Prayer. Before I make any business decisions, I take them to God & I do not move until He answers. It has not failed me yet.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At Keep Moving Ministries we help give women a second chance at life. We get them counseling, financial education, credit repair and job placement. We hrlp the homeless as well by feeding them every Monday & hrlping them secure permanent housing. We also assist Domestic Violence victims escape their abuser and staying out through temporary housing, furniture assistance, counseling and re-entry to the workforce. What sets us apart is that we work with the communities that society has counted out or labeled as unworthy of help. I’m the proudest of the impact that we are making in the homeless community as far as getting them permanent housing and job stability. The only way I got to where I am professionally is through my trust in God, late nights of research and early mornings of putting in the work from what the research revealed. I’m continously adding new skills to my resume so that I can be that one stop shop for those we help. For example I’m a board certified Christian Counselor, a board certified Credit Repair Specialist,an IRS certified tax preparer, a mobile Notary & a Notary signing agent, a certified Life Coach. I just started my consulting firm to help other organizations get their 501C3, we offer consulting to churches that want to take their outreach to another level, we consult businesses, Ministries, individuals and more. Getting to the place I am now was not easy at all. I had to basically turn everything ,not concerning the building process off including people. I went through a divorce right when it seemed as if everything was just starting to fall in place.But through much prayer, self evaluation and constantly reminding myself of my WHY I was able to overcome and Keep Moving. The lessons I learned along the way are that everyone will not understand, everyone will not support and everyone will not agree.But I also learned they are not supposed to because the Vision was given to you, for you to make it happen and not them. Those who don’t support is ok because, God has those who will support in place. I want the world to understand that God can use anybody to do what is needed, it’s our job to move when He says move, even when it doesn’t make sense. Understand that nothing happens overnight And remember never stop, Always Keep Moving and you will get to the place that you are destined to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To be honest, I dont hangout alot and haven’t since I been in Houston. But I do eat. I would take them to Crafty Crab on 1960 & Hwy 45. We would go to the Turkey Leg Hut one day & the Breakfast Klub another day. I would show them the Heights, Historical 3rd Ward and to a small popcorn shop called Popparazi. Knowing my friends, they would want to go to the Galleria Mall to shop.The rest of the time we would hangout at my home, where I would cook for them.. Just an fyi I can cook really well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Kathy Tatum plays a major role in the sucess of KMM(KEEP MOVING MINISTRIES).She saw what we were doing and reached out. Once we connected, she helped us with programs, getting different trainings we needed, resources etc..She was a complete stranger that saw a small Ministry doing Kingdom effective things and she helped them make a bigger impact by having the tools needed to succeed.
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