Daverney Freeman stepped into the most important role of her life when she became a mother at the age of 16.
“It’s the biggest challenge I have faced in my personal life,” said Freeman, who grew up in the small South Florida community of Fort Pierce. “There’s no way to fully prepare you for parenthood, which made stepping into that role during my sophomore year of high school the scariest experience of my life.”
During her sophomore year, Freeman also experienced another major life change. She left behind her life in Fort Pierce to relocate to Gwinnett County, Georgia, where she enrolled in high school in the Gwinnett County Public Schools system and began taking classes in an early childhood development program.
“Instead of daydreaming of my prom date, I was preparing for the ultimate responsibility of raising a child after relocating,” she said. “The early childhood development program allowed me to discover my passion for working with young children and their families.”
After high school, Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Kaplan University and volunteered in communities to help at-risk youth and struggling families. In 2022, she established the Georgia-based nonprofit Limitless Community Outreach with the mission to uplift communities and serve at-risk youth and their families by ensuring they have access to resources that enable them to live happy and productive lives.
“Through my nonprofit, I have been able to continue to work in the education field and provide assistance to Georgia’s youngest learners and their families,” said Freeman, who is now 33. “Growing up as a teenage mother, I witnessed the pressing social issues and challenges faced by vulnerable populations and felt compelled to act. I was a recipient of government assistance and a victim of homelessness, but I was able to use those experiences to grow and improve.”
Those challenges also inspired Freeman’s transformation into an enthusiastic advocate for social justice and community empowerment.
“Motivated by a vision of a more equitable society, I established Limitless Community Outreach to create a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to empowering and uplifting communities through various outreach programs and initiatives,” she said.
Freeman said she often finds herself relating to the people in the communities that her nonprofit serves because “I am the community that I serve.”
“Being a mother, I have always been the outspoken, vibrant individual that was not afraid to speak up for myself and others,” she said. Believing in herself, has be instrumental in the growth of Limitless Community Outreach over the past year, Freeman added.
Serving communities and families
Limitless Community Outreach works tirelessly to support families and young adults through partnerships with local service providers and organizations to offer a wide range of resources to families, including food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare services.
“Our organization’s health and wellness workshops have had a positive impact on the community by promoting physical and mental well-being,” Freeman said. “Participants have gained valuable knowledge and resources to improve their health, leading to healthier lifestyles and increased overall quality of life. Additionally, our efforts to address homelessness and food insecurity have provided immediate relief to vulnerable individuals and families.”
Freeman’s nonprofit also offers financial literacy programs and job placement assistance to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to achieve economic stability.
“Our vocational training programs empower unemployed individuals by equipping them with practical skills and knowledge,” Freeman said. “This has helped participants secure gainful employment and achieve economic stability, breaking the cycle of poverty and fostering self-sufficiency.”
The nonprofit’s educational programs are centered around providing mentoring and academic assistance to underprivileged children.
“Many children, who previously struggled academically, have shown improvement in their grades and overall educational attainment, giving them greater opportunities for future success,” Freeman said.
Addressing these immediate needs of at-risk minorities and their families has enabled many families and individuals to break free from the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future, Freeman said.
“We are committed to providing access to essential resources to help foster a sense of empowerment, hope, and resilience within the community and contribute to their overall well-being and success,” she said.
To reach families, Limitless Community Outreach also hosts community events such as back-to-school supply giveaways. The organization recently reached out to schools, community centers, and families in need to spread the word about its 2023 summer back-to-school campaign.
Limitless Community Outreach transformed a local venue into a bustling hub of excitement and anticipation for families to line up to receive school supplies, Freeman said. The organization also mobilized volunteers, sponsors and community members to donate backpacks, stationery, textbooks and other essential school supplies.
“The smiles on the faces of children as they received their new backpacks and supplies were priceless, capturing the spirit of empowerment and readiness for the new school year,” Freeman said. “This successful campaign not only alleviated the financial burden for many families, but also instilled a sense of hope and confidence in students, setting them up for a brighter future through education.”
Partnering with community groups and receiving sponsorships and grants plays a major role in making Limitless Community Outreach programs and initiatives a success.
“These sponsorships can take the form of monetary contributions, in-kind donations, or even providing resources and expertise,” Freeman said. “Our partnerships also provide the necessary financial backing to implement and sustain programs that empower and uplift marginalized communities. These partnerships have helped us expand our reach and offer comprehensive resources, such as educational support, vocational training, healthcare services, and mentorship programs.”
In the next three to five years, Limitless Community Outreach’s overarching goal is to increase its impact and expand its reach to serve more communities in need. The organization will conduct extensive fundraising, community needs assessments and community surveys to tailor its programs around the needs and aspirations of communities, Freeman said.
“To achieve this, we will have to continue to build strategic partnerships with other nonprofits, community organizations and government agencies to leverage collective resources and expertise,” she said. “We’re also committed to investing in strengthening our infrastructure and operational capacity. This may involve hiring additional staff, implementing efficient systems and leveraging technology to streamline our processes and ensure effective program delivery.”
By setting these goals and taking these steps, Limitless Community Outreach will be well-positioned to create even greater positive change in the lives of at-risk minorities and communities, Freeman said.
“Our dedication to creating positive change has had a tangible and meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve,” she said. “We are an organization that goes beyond addressing the immediate needs. We implement initiatives that focus on long-term sustainability and self-sufficiency. We’re here to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and advocate for their rights to distinguish them as a powerful agent of change.”
Get Involved and Donate
Get to know Limitless Community Outreach by visiting the organization’s website or connect via Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Individuals are also invited to attend community events to learn more about the nonprofit’s mission, programs and impact.
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