As a mother, Schinnell Leake knows how important it is for her children to feel confident and have self-worth. After learning that more than 2,000 children live in homeless shelters throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Schinnell decided to form Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, the only organization of its kind in the capital that throws individualized birthday parties for homeless children to make them feel loved and valued. Using her party-planning background, Schinnell has thrown more than 400 birthday parties since the organization’s inception five years ago, and Extra-Ordinary Birthdays has partnered with six homeless shelters across Maryland and D.C.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Open letter from our CEO and Founder, Parthenia Warford, US Army Retired
Some don't know that 14yrs ago today, I almost lost my life in the Pentagon on 9/11. I was getting my retirement physical from the Army at Ft Myer (a rock throw from the Pentagon) if the lab tech not been late for work, I would have been in the office where the plane hit the Pentagon and killed my mentor and many more. So today, I ask that you pray for everyone that life was changed, especially our Country's Military Widow families.
Later today I'm going to create a video on Periscope discussing 9/11, my PTSD, and major depression.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
This is an open letter Parthenia Warford our CEO & Founder wrote last night to single mothers.
As I get ready to call it a night, I want to take a moment as a former Teen Mom and now Single Mom to my two amazing adult daughter's to say children don't ask to be born. Once you become a parent, it is your duty to raise your children in a manner that allows them to exceed all the opportunities you had. You see, if you have children who the streets, teachers, local drug dealer, hustler is raising then you have failed as a parent.
If on the first of the month you are getting your new hair weave, stelleto acryllic nails, rainbow outfits, bushels of crabs, bag of weed, etc instead of purchasing your child a book, computer and Internet connection then you are failing as a parent.
If your young child can sing and rap to all the songs played on the local hip hop radio station, including the curse words but can't say his/her name, their ABC's, or count then guess what you have failed them. Just because you may not have had the best upbringing doesn't give you the excuse to not ensure your child(ren) have a better life than you did.
The excuse of being a product of your environment is a cop out; dust yourself off and find a non-profit organization that will help you have a better life for you and yours. There are plenty of organizations just like ours that offer FREE services to aid you and your family in the quest of becoming self-sufficient.
When I see innocent children being murdered by people that look just like them, then we need to stop and become as upset as when the white police kills one of our children, men, women for no reason. Until the genocide ny us on us ends we really can't expect any other race to value our lives; DC just went over 94 homicides in 2015 and it's only August. How many more innocent people have to die before things change and mothers start being mothers and fathers become more than sperm donors?
I just read in Ferguson, MO not far from my hometown of University City, MO a 9yr little girl was killed yesterday; guess what I'm sure that innocent baby was merely minding her business and some coward that hides behind a gun to settle a disagreement killed her for no reason at all.
When I grew up in St Louis, MO and two people had a disagreement they would either have a fist fight, or talk it out but they would be friends again within the week. Guns are not the answer, how did killing someone become they way things are handled?????
We need to find a way to heal this generation, and fast before they kill themselves away. At the rate they are going none of them will be left, and less and less of them are going to college trying to make their lives better.
How do we fix this, and how did we get here?????
Sunday, May 24, 2015
We want to ensure Parthenia Warford, CEO and Founder, The Warford Foundation, Inc is nominated for Steve Harvey Neighborhood Award of Best Community Leader, Wednesday, May 27, 2014 nominate from 6am to 6pm EST online https://www.neighborhoodawards.com/. She has dedicated her time, and money from permanent disability income to the amelioration of single mother families through various programs:
Adopting a classroom purchasing all student school supplies, providing Thanksgiving meal for each family, creating Easter Baskets for student.
Providing money for textbooks for single mother nursing students.
Mentoring Program for entire single mother family including free cooking lessons, help creating budget and financial planning.
All single mother families will be involved in organic community garden project in Parthenia's backyard.
Please take a moment to nominate her here's the information you will need:
240 838 4144
Monday, April 20, 2015
We are looking for single mother families with children ages 8 to 18 in the DC metro area to participate in our FREE BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Conference, Saturday, May 9, 2015 9am to 4pm, Clarion Hotel, 6400 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD.
The first 25 families that register will be eligible to participate in our Organic Community Garden Project as well.
Additionally, single mothers and their children ages newborn to 18 are automatically enrolled our BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Program beginning Saturday, May 16, 2015.
If you have any questions, please email BBBConference@thewarfordfoundation.org thank you and we look forward to meeting you soon.