Founded: June 2011
Founder: Beatrice Springs
Business Partner: Shanitria Kittrell
Inspiration: I’ve know for many years that I was supposed to do some type of organization that was centered around helping women identify themselves for purpose. God had afforded me many opportunities to speak with women in the marketplace. Women would tell me about their personal struggles and God would always know what they needed to hear and they would be helped. But I knew there was more to it.
A friend who is a psalmist and songwriter (Stacey Joseph) wrote a song about walls that had been built up in her life that had caged her in and caused her not to be free to be who she really was. When I met my business partner, God allowed me to get to know her and impart some things and encourage her. I watched the lyrics of the song “Tear Down the Walls” be personified in her life. I watched the walls come down and she was free to be who God made her. In May 2011, Bishop Harry Jackson came to World Worship Church in Charlotte, NC to minister. It was at this service that God gave me the name “Outside the Walls.” It was just the timing.
My business partner Shanitria Kittrell also had a similar vision, but didn’t want to front man for the operations. I felt God led me to ask to work with me in the endeavor. When I asked her, she agreed to work with me.
Where are we now in our progress?: In the natural we are in the beginning stages of our organization. In the process of fundraising to complete our Form 1023 (IRS) for our tax exempt status and getting our grant writer and our trademark rights.
We’ve completed two fundraisers (raffle and a fish fry) this month and have another fish fry tentatively scheduled for July 30.
Current Community Project: We are sponsoring a child for back to school. We are accepting school supplies and cash donations to assist with children who are less fortunate in our community, particularly those who are homeless. The agency that we are assisting is “A Child’s Place.” This agency supports the needs of the homeless children in the Charlotte Mecklenburg community. They are in need of school supplies, uniforms, underwear and snacks. We would appreciate your support by donating to this worthy cause!
What are our plans:
- Women’s/Children’s Clothes Closet
- Financial Assistance (utilities/rent)
- Temporary Housing (transitional)
- Business Center (Financial/Budget Counseling, workplace skills enhancement, GED, small, interview skills, resume’ writing, dress for success)
- Have OTW facilities nationwide, not just in the NC and SC area
Financial donations can be made via our website through paypal or checks/money orders can be made out to Outside the Walls, mailing address is 11518 Leigh Glen Circle, Charlotte, NC 28269.