WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Enlightened, Inc. ("Enlightened"), a leading provider of Information Technology (IT) consulting services and management consulting, is pleased to announce their Aid to Rebuild Ferguson Fundraising Initiative with the Believers Temple Word Fellowship Urban Initiative of Saint Louis, MO utilizing proceeds from the John & Katherine Ford Fund.
"Enlightened is pleased to partner with the Believers Temple Word Fellowship Urban Initiative in the creation of this critical fund," said Antwanye E. Ford, CEO and President of Enlightened. "This relationship represents our dedication to helping small black-owned businesses as well as our commitment to youth development. We are determined to not allow the riots of November 2014 define the future of Ferguson."
Established in March 18, 2015, The John & Katherine Ford Fund, named after parents of Ford, was created to serve as a fund, through Believers Temple Word Fellowship's Foundation, to support small black-owned businesses and K-12 education initiatives in Ferguson, MO.
Last year, Ford, witnessed the destruction of the Ferguson Community through his television in Washington, DC and decided to extend his philanthropic efforts beyond the District and be an agent of change abroad in Missouri. Ford partnered with Bishop Scott of Believers Temple and Enlightened donated $25,000 to create solutions and support the rebuilding process of a damaged community. Since then, Ford has made half a dozen trips; meeting with community leaders, business owners and various organizations to understand the needs, build relationships and inspire change.
By disbursing unrestricted funds for small black-owned businesses, K-12 education initiatives and mobilizing technical business support services, Ford plans to lead the change by helping repair the fundamental support systems that are imperative to community success.
Ford feels this effort establishes the blueprint for communities across the nation to follow by modeling how business leaders abroad, who reflect the members of an affected community, can effectively respond to crisis with strategies that provide short term and long term solutions in the form of education development and business assistance.
For more information about the John and Katherine Ford Fund, go to www.btwf.net.
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