The Why Factor
As an educator and healthcare professional, I have always seen
people for who they could become, opposed to who they currently
are. Hoping that each individual could reach their full potential,
striving for excellence.
Through my years of experience in the public sector, I have witnessed individuals at their worst. Not having daily necessities, unable to provide food for their families, and struggling to survive. I, too, have lived through the horrid trenches of those obstacles, but overcame those barriers.
2007-2012, being a single mother of two, unemployed,
unemployment benefits over the financial criteria for a household
of three to receive governmental supportive services, exhausted
financial resources, lacked the funds needed to provide a sense
of stability for my family, house threatened foreclosure,
car threatened repossession, life happens right?
Through those personal experiences birth the hope needed
to provoke change. Having two small individuals that looked
up to me, that needed my support and guidance,
something needed to happen.
In 2015-2018, I worked so aggressively that my annual income was six figures. In November 2018, I made a conscience decision to transition from thinking about my personal success to servicing the community full-heartily.
Being financially sustained is everyone's dream, however, something was missing. Through meditation and counsel, I received the call to action, which was to LOVE God's people from where they are in life!
What started with just a food drive on April 8, 2018, turned
into something empowering, servicing the community only twice
per month and partnering with organizations such as: Love for
Children, Women of Love, Dot Foods, Julian D. King Gift
Foundation, Midwest Food Bank, Greater Chicago Food
Depository and a host of others led to impacting 1,175 households
with our services in 2018.
Our objective is to drive out the mission of Touch Gift Foundation (TGF), develop leaders, empower individuals, and to meet the immediate needs of individuals, families, and the community. Partnering with organizations, creating alliances that changes the narrative and trajectory of our communities while building and equipping individuals to make a IMPACT with others! The true cycle of success ...
TGF is passionately committed to impacting lives through hunger and homelessness relief assistance, education, mentoring and advocacy.
I am asking that you partner with us to make a difference in our communities.
The community is hurting and through small gestures,
we can build our communities with one family at a time.
This movement will touch so many lives.
Don't miss your opportunity to assist.
Your time is now, let us join forces!
A community united can IMPACT many, we CAN NOT
do this work alone. We are all pieces to ONE large
puzzle. It's important that we identify which piece we
are, show up and play our part!
Keona Owens, Founder & Executive Director
Award Recipient of
MetroBoard of Chicago Urban League - 2019 Community Service
National Council of Negro Women (Chicago Sector) - 2019 Community Service
Depaul University International Golden Key - 2019 Honorary Member of Honour Society
Depaul University International Golden Key - 2019 Humanitarian Award
Chicago Job Council - Workforce Wednesday Spotlight Member (March 2019)
National Urban League Young Professional - 2020 Member of the Year, Central Region