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Meet Rhonda Cozart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rhonda Cozart.

Hi Rhonda, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, I am Rhonda Cozart, the founder of Jewels Outreach & Networking, Inc.

Jewels is a local nonprofit located in Durham, NC. I’m also the owner of Jewels Vintage Boutique, LLC.

I consider myself creative and humanitarian. I love advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves. I am very involved in my community.

I started Jewels Outreach & Networking, Inc in 2016. Our mission is to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves and be a voice for the voiceless.

There are several entities that are housed under Jewels, such as a Jewels Feeding Friends Program which allows us to feed hundreds of families each month.

Our Daughters of Lydia program promotes women’s entrepreneurship and allows women entrepreneurs to give back to the community through Financial collaboration. Lastly, the There Is King In You Mentoring program for young men ages 10-17, allows us to empower the young men in our community with the skills they need to be successful in life.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I must say we have been blessed, however as most nonprofits finding funding has been challenging as well as finding an affordable building to help fulfill our vision for offering nutritional classes.

Financial literacy as well as land to start our community garden. Jewel’s ultimate goal is to provide gardening classes for the community to help prevent food insecurities.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have been self-employed for 20 years and I love it!

I am an author, wife, and mother of 2 amazing young adults. I am also the grandmother of a phenomenal little guy. I am most proud of my beautiful children! My love for people and their well-being is what sets me apart.

I feel like the world has lost a sense of compassion for its neighbors. We have become a selfish society and we need to be more selfless. Real love conquers all and love is an action word!

How do you define success?
The meaning of success differs from person to person. Success for me is having peace of mind and doing what I love!

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