A veteran Army captain who works to provide housing for homeless women who are veterans is surprised with a $25,000 grant to support her work.Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend 2014 tour is wrapping up this weekend in San Jose, Calif. The eight-city self-improvement tour features Winfrey and a host of special guests inspiring and empowering thousands of attendees through personal tales of triumph over tragedy, on-site activities (journaling and exercise breaks) and keepsakes (fluorescent armbands) that symbolize the meaning of the two-day experience.
Special guests include motivational author and Fix My Life host Iyanla Vanzant, self-help guru Deepak Chopra, author and pastor Rob Bell, plus mega-church pastor and film producer Bishop T.D. Jakes. The tour offers a plethora of inspirational stories, fellowship and empowerment to motivate attendees, mostly women, to take control of their lives and create the present and future they want for themselves.
Amid the frenetic pace of the two-day weekend is the presentation of the Toyota Standing O-Vation award, which is given in recognition of extraordinary people who are making positive changes in their communities and inspiring others to do the same. During the tour stop at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the audience is introduced to retired Army Capt. Jas Boothe of Final Salute Inc., a D.C.-based organization that Boothe founded to help homeless female veterans in the United States by providing transitional housing for women and their children.
Unbeknownst to Boothe, Oprah Winfrey and Team Toyota brand ambassador Amy Purdy honored Boothe on the second day of the event with a Standing O-Vation and a $25,000 grant to Final Salute from Toyota for its outstanding commitment to supporting homeless female veterans in the local D.C. community.
Source: The Root | NSENGA K. BURTON, PH.D.