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Fullness of Joy Fellowship

Name: Alexis Essuman

Location: Kingsport, TN 

Type of Business:
Multi-Purpose Human Services Organization

What does your business do?
Fullness of Joy Fellowship is an organization that provides transitional housing, emergency housing, and life skill training for women. It offers assistance to women, frequently homeless, as they move from dependent, often abusive relationships into independent, self- sufficient lifestyles. Additionally, it assists the community with several enrichment Programs.(Open To The Public)

When and why did you start the biz?
January 2017.Formally Homeless and destitute I (unlike most) understood the predicament of the less fortunate and the real life value of receiving life changing help that would (prayerfully) eventually lead to hope and self sufficiency.To give back to the less fortunate is the least of my duties as a survivor.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
The office space is a (very)small room inside the housing unit of Fullness of Joy Fellowship. The room is full of bright colors, beautiful quotes and butterflies.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part of the running the business, is when all the help I have to offer is not enough to actually fix the situation. The toughest days are when you can soothe the irritation of distress without ever resolving underlined problem of lack.

What's the most fun part?
The greatest of all the pleasures that come with the job is when I have the perfect combination of solutions with options to rectify the the situation with little to no additional losses

Anything you would have done differently?
Honestly, I would have spent more time with the the people who where dedicating their time to help my vision of the business because I wasted a lot of time working under false assumptions of the initiative of those I was working with.My team was just as excited for each client as I was we just expressed our satisfaction in the program differently.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
The next step is obtain a grants( or grants) that will help Fullness of Joy Fellowship to purchase property so we can house and assist more in one single location

What advice do you have for others?
The best advise I have to offer is hope is good(maybe even great) but expectation will deprive you of all positive aspects of the business. My advise: Stay Focused Rewrite you "to do" everyday Set Goals that will propel your vision forward do not try to forcibly direct the outcome (Let it flow) Never Forget everything that is meant to be will be

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea Cafe has helped in several ways The small business grant center was a life savior. The information lead to several perspective organization who give grants In addition to the (4) different sections of grant advise and information I also found books ( and other information) on crowd funding and other ways(other than grant infinitives) to fund the business.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
East Tennessee State University

Prior jobs or business?
Private Home Healthcare

Favorite Food?
Fried Cassava Leaf and Smoked Turkey with rice

What are your pets' names?
No Pets ( sad face)

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
No, I would like to have an emotional support animal for those client that would take comfort in having one around

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
It wasn't the rock bottom" moment that made me want to start the business it was the moment I realized the only way to rectify my past was help someone(as many as possible) create a positive future from a life of oppression condemnation and fear

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
My Three Kings are my greatest motivation to continue on My Husband Emmanuel My Brother Jermeil My Daddy...your love and motivation has carried me as if I where on eagles wings Thank You

Contact Info:
Alexis Essuman
3521 Watterson Street
Kingsport, TN 37660



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