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Nede Resorts & Transitions Community Organization

Name: Sophia Thompkins

Location: Ellenwood, GA 

Type of Business:
homeless shelter

What does your business do?
Nede Resorts and Transition Communities is dedicated to education, preservation, and sustainability. We are an organization that is created to provide support for the homeless, victims of substance abuse, domestic violence victims, military veterans, and previously incarcerated individuals introduced back into society. The NRATCO offers an opportunity for an individual or families to change their future by giving them education about the self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility within a New Urbanism Development Community designed to cater to their needs and lack of previous opportunity. There are about 3.5 million people that are homeless in the United States. The number is expected to keep rising, and there are not enough homeless shelters to help house these people. The population of the homeless, victims of substance abuse, domestic violence victims, military veterans, and previously incarcerated individuals has remained the same over the past five years. As a result of this, the demand for the services in this industry is still high. The United States still has a lot of need for the services for these individuals. Therefore, this will lead to further growth of the revenue in the industry.

When and why did you start the biz?
In 2016 God gave me a vision. As I lay in my prayer closet God begin to reveal to me a community that would work together, build together, and shared the vision of having a better lifestyle. God gave the vision a name “Nede.” I then asked God to show me different examples of what this would look like and who I should help. God showed me those in need. Hence where I begin to remember Matthew 20:16 “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.: Well God who are these “last” and that’s where he told me those who cannot help themselves, the bruised and battered, and the ones who just need a chance. I then begin my research first studying the teachings of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project, Warren Buffet, and Alternative Energy Sources. To develop this New Urbanism Development Community I would need to enlist the help of others who understood and wanted to support the vision. Nede Resorts and Transition Community Organization was not just another shelter it would be a fresh start for all involved.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
Seeking funding to acquire the property located at 3115 Humphries Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30354.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
There are no grants for initial startup. Its is very hard for someone like myself who works full time, own their home, and is a student to acquire the much needed funds to ensure proper business setup. There is a lot of "red tape" when it comes to starting a non - profit business and gaining your 201c3 status as opposed to establishing a for profit business.

What's the most fun part?
I know that I am going to make a difference in a lot of individual lives as wells as families. Could you image not having a support system, opportunity to better yourself, or little to no education? Some people just need someone to believe in them and take the time with them.

Anything you would have done differently?
No, I truly believe that everything you go through in life builds you to the person you are supposed to be in life. Without some of my struggles and experiences I would not be where or appreciate the life that I have.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
Seeking funding to acquire the property located at 3115 Humphries Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30354.

What advice do you have for others?
Don't quit. If your vision is clear and someone tells you that you can not do it your on the right path. The strongest individuals must go through trying times.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I am currently looking for an advisor, business coach, and anyone who will help me bring this vision to life. I do not claim to have the knowledge, education or proper credentials for this project but the vision and my heart and passion goes out to all humanity. I love to help people. I was raised to be a giving soul and I want to leave the legacy of giving a heart. Not all are given the opportunity to succeed in life nor the education but if they have a glimmer of hope they have a view of a promise.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
Argosy University

Prior jobs or business?
United Service Organization, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Yellow Pages, and Porsche

Favorite Food?
Food Period.

What are your pets' names?
Razor and Soloman

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
No but my 90lb pit bulls are always there to cuddle with me after a long day."

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit whether it was selling candy in high school to selling sun glasses in college. My passion for helping others stems from the golden rule which my late mother constantly drilled into me "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

Contact Info:
Sophia Thompkins
212 Duchess Drive
Ellenwood, GA 03294



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