Laverna Moorer was born in Panama and migrated to New York. Unfortunately, while in New York she became incarcerated and was sentenced to Bedford Prison where she spent 7 years in the prison system. While incarcerated Laverna had an awakening that put her on the journey she never dreamed of. She was dedicated to teaching herself to speak English by reading her Bible everyday with the prison Chaplin, who she befriended along with other inmates. Laverna also dedicated herself to helping others who had been afflicted with the AIDS virus and becoming a mentor to the teachers in this field of AIDS/HIV as well.
When it was time to leave the prison she began experiencing the gaps and outrages felt by so many women re-entering society. She had experienced that feeling of being lost and alone; a feeling of no idea where to start from here. Laverna had gained strength through her Bible studies, she was now armed with a higher power she didn’t have before. As a single parent that had been out of touch with her children for a period of time, acclamation was necessary. She had to help wipe away the anger and the pain of abandoned feelings that were stored inside her children’s hearts. Needless to say prayer and conviction, Laverna weathered the storm.
In November 2002 Laverna came to Atlanta guided by God on an undefined mission. Laverna thought her objective was to practice real estate in Georgia. So she packed up her family and convinced her husband to leave a job that he had been working for over ten years. Laverna, with a never wavering faith, believed that God sent her here for more than just real estate. Once in Atlanta, Laverna met Gloria and became her Realtor. She and Laverna talked every night about many things and realized they had so many things in common, especially the yearning to help women. The focus was on the ones that had fallen in our society and needed a hand up. It was almost if they had passed down the same roads but on different sides of the street. The conversations changed from real estate to what about the homeless women, the women coming out of prison with no place to go, the battered and abused women feeling shallow and having no self-esteem.
With Laverna’s vision, a vision that had been in her heart and in her spirit for over 13 years, a beautiful vision that would give relief to the horrors and pains and the lessons of the street taught to so many fallen women, women struggling to get back to the meaning of life and of love and of family. Laverna could envision the bridge over troubled waters that would help the desperate need to fill the gaps that women, mothers, and wives long to have again. The time had come for the vision to come to fruition.
In February 2004 Women of Excellence was born, the birth-child of Laverna Moorer. She had a mission before her, addressing the need for committed services under one umbrella for women returning from the prison system, battered and abused, and homeless women and their children. With this valued intent set in place to bridge the gap in services, skills, and education using an integrated system of care, WOE is posed to use future solutions now. Women of Excellence, Inc. is a non-profit 501c(3) community based organization to be located in Griffin, Georgia. They have a mission that warrants support of both community leaders and private citizens. WOE’s mission is to foster stability in the lives of formerly incarcerated women, homeless women and battered or abused women as well as their children.
WOE believes stable and safe housing is the foundation needed to work toward self-sufficiency therefore the provision of supportive services is a natural next step. Stability and productivity will help women move toward self-sufficiency thereby reducing recidivism, homelessness, and abusive relationship cycles and rebuilding the family structure. By breaking tradition with programs that do away with ridicule, stereotypes and complacency, WOE will break these women out of boundary thinking and assist in creating a statement of value using visible, practical and precise outcome expectations. As mothers become productive members of society, they will have a profound impact on their children, their communities, and on society. WOE has aligned itself with other individuals, agencies, and organizations such as Every Woman Works (Tillie O’Neal Kyles –Founder/CEO), Better Well Living (Betty Phillips-Director) and a host of consultants and educators who are joining the journey in the effort to provide excellent services for a need that has burdened our society for so long. After extensive research we have found that there are many services that provide pieces of the puzzle but very few address the entire person.
WOE believes in the concept of The Village, of Motherhood, and of Womanhood we are planting the global seed and do here forth call to service woman in our society that in one way or another have assisted in building and advancing the infrastructure of womanhood. We appeal to women that realize this project is a huge undertaking and its success will determine the future of mother, wives, and woman across the country. We appeal to women who will understand the need for leaders and that have a passion for the struggle of women. Women of Excellence is in need of your support. From the Juanita Bynum’s, Shirley Caesar’s, Ann People’s, Oprah Winfrey’s, Maya Angelou’s, Gladys Knights’, Whitney Houston’s, Whoopi Goldberg’s, Jennifer Lewis’, Angela Bassett’s, and Camille Cosby’s of the world to the everyday working women that make our community what it is today. Please open your minds, your hearts, and your schedules to see the need for support and your value to the women of today’s society.
You have the ability to make the future what it should be.