“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden
East Lake Initiative
The East Lake Initiative partners to strategically provide holistic community development within the greater East Lake area. Through the intentional collaboration of the business community, local governments, educational institutions, and churches, ELI seeks to cultivate strategic relationships for the sake of community transformation in East Lake. They are helping to bring back pride in the neighborhood through house to home transformations. By acquiring distressed properties and renovating them to be quality homes they are able to offer tenants safe and secure housing options. Residents enter into a mentoring relationship that prepares them to be homeowners. The mentorship includes financial counseling and other types of support as they move towards successful home ownership. They are currently starting a new program, LAUNCH Homeownership Program where families can move into an ELI Owned apartment for 12 months while they begin preparing for the road to homeownership. ELI also helps by supporting programs at local middle schools, working with other local resources to have an East Lake Neighborhood Garden, and working with local entrepreneurs to see positive businesses come to the 1st Ave North district.
To learn more or to help volunteer with the East Lake Initiative, go to www.eastlakeinitiative.com
Tad and Toni were invited to Topeka to visit Advisors Excel headquarters to speak at their employee team-building day and train over 350 of their employees.
Freedom Financial chooses to work with Advisors Excel because they share our core values of putting their clients and the community first. As evidence of that, after the employee team-building day, everyone split into smaller groups to help out around the Topeka area.
Tad and Toni’s group went to Let’s Help and organized their food pantry, swept and mopped the kitchen and dining room floors. They also received a tour of the entire building and were fortunate enough to hear about how they provide free meals to anyone that comes through their doors.
Let’s Help also holds educational classes to help people get their high school GED, and provides resources to help them get into college and apply for a job. They also help homeless people to find places to live. For more information about “Let’s Help” check out their website www.letshelpinc.org.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Freedom Financial proudly supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Their mission is to find cures for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
In 2014, Toni was honored to win the Woman of the Year award from the Alabama/Gulf Coast division of LLS. In a 10-week campaign Toni raised $62,641 (surpassing her goal of $25,000) that went towards blood cancer research and to support medical bills for children and families in the state of Alabama. This qualified her to be recognized in the National Woman of the Year campaign.
During the campaign, Toni was able to spend time with local survivors, as well as the Boy and Girl of the Year, Cooper and Kyli.
Delivering Hope2014 Thanksgiving at the Jimmie Hale Mission
Tad and Toni have been passionate about the Jimmie Hale Mission for several years. The Jimmie Hale Mission has been serving the Birmingham area since their humble beginning as a storefront chapel in 1944.
Every year Tad and Toni invite their clients and their families to join them Thanksgiving morning to deliver meals to local seniors and shut-ins in the Birmingham area.
“280 residents Tad and Toni Hill believe it is their duty, pleasure and honor to help other people.”
Tad and his wife, Toni, and their three daughters spend their Thanksgiving delivering meals through the Jimmie Hale Mission. As a family, they enjoy spending time together giving back to their community. To read the full 280 Living article click here!
The mission of Esperanza International is to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education and health, restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope.
In 2013, we partnered with Esperanza with the development of our own bank to help both men and women start small businesses in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.