The month of May, DEFINE’s strength4service is The Mission of Yahweh! Donation classes this month and a future mission trip,  this charity comes to us from DEFINE Founder, Henry Richardson & his friend Monica Hartland. They took a moment to share with us about this charity and how to get involved!

HenryDEFINE:  What is Mission of Yahweh?

logo_yahweh_lgHenry:  Mission of Yahweh is a Christian faith-based shelter for homeless women and their children.  Since 1961 they have given refuge to families in crisis.  They do such a wonderful job providing for these families on so many levels.  They don’t just provide shelter, they empower these women so they can become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

DEFINE: How did you become involved and why does this charity resonate with you? 

Henry:  My friend Monica Hartland made me aware of the charity and I was so impressed with what they do that I knew I had to get involved.  I am committed to meaningful community service through my works in organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America and so I know a well run charity when I see one. Mission of Yahweh is doing a tremendous job even in the face of growing needs in our community.

DEFINE:  What can people do to help or get involved?

Henry: Attend the DEFINE + yoga donation class: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Click here ( to see volunteer opportunities at Mission of Yahweh.

Christmas on a Mission

DEFINE: Tell us what The Mission of Yahweh means to you and how you got involved.

Monica: I became involved with the Mission in 2003, which also happened to be my most challenging year financially. I was so touched by my family and friends that helped me get through that difficult year, that I felt compelled to pass it on.  The Mission was the place I chose. The Mission of Yahweh has been sheltering homeless women and Children for 52 years.  It is truly a Home Away from Home for women and children who have simply fallen on hard times, just like I did. They need a helping hand to get them back on their feet.  The Mission not only provides a safe haven but also 3 hot meals a day, clothing, job training and spiritual guidance.

DEFINE: What does paying it forward/giving back mean to you personally?

imageMonica: Bad days happen to everyone: sometimes it becomes a bad week or year, but as humans on this earth we are given a chance to help make someone’s day better by the most simple things.  Perhaps you have changed someone’s day by smiling or by an encouraging word or by giving a little bit of your time or money to others that really need it.  I have been on the receiving side of these acts of kindness and it changed the course of my life.  Today I give because it blesses my life to do so.

DEFINE: What is your connection to TheThe Mission Of Yahweh?

Monica: My heart is connected to the Mission of Yahweh, I receive much more by giving. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

DEFINE: What can people do to help or get involved?

Monica: The MIssion needs you to get involved there are so many ways that you can volunteer>  Donate women and children clothes, shoes, household items and definitely the Mission always needs money to continue its great work.