We had the good fortune of connecting with Arleshia McMichael and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arleshia, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Growing up in poverty on the Westside of Atlanta (Adamsville), I knew I wanted different. We watched our mother do the best she could. Some of my greatest struggles made me who I am today. I didn’t know we were living at the poverty level until it was time for college. As I got older, I began to fundamental we weren’t taught some of the real-life situations. We were taught to work, pay our bills and take care of our families. Buying homes, owning a business, and credit building were never taught in the home or school. So, I started figuring everything out on my own. Take training reading book, searching the internet. Once I accomplished buying a home, new business, and building my credit. I began to teach other people who never knew they could accomplish these things in life. I started in 2017 and began my nonprofit in 2020
What should our readers know about your business?
Envision Poverty 2 Prosperity PS INC “envisions communities where individuals and families are counted as the population, not a statistic, by thriving to help all individuals meet their full potential through healthy living, education, financial stability, and motivation.
Poverty 2 Prosperity PS Inc strives to find new strategies to overcome poverty in communities around Georgia. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community. By giving the communities the hope and stability, they need. Through outreach programs to advocacy, Poverty 2 Prosperity works each day tirelessly to contribute to men, women, boys, and girls around Georgia. We assist those in need, but we also strive to maintain positive lifelong relationships. Poverty 2 Prosperity PS Inc provides on-the-job training, financial literacy, educational webinars on credit repair building, home buying, rental/ utility assistance, homelessness, etc.
This organization has roots in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2020, Arleshia McMichael established Poverty 2 Prosperity PS Inc. An African American Female Early Educator who grew up in poverty. Arleshia grew up on the Westside of Atlanta, Georgia. She currently lives, works, and gives back to the same community. Arleshia has given over $45,000 to Poverty 2 Prosperity PS INC as an in-kind donation. We have touched over 1,255 families and still counting through meals, clothes, job training, credit repair, home buying, education, and much more.
My most exciting moment would be to tell others the story of how Poverty 2 Prosperity PS Inc got started and motivate them. Encouraging them, they could accomplish the same things in life.
Things have not been easy due to the Pandemic. I worked a full-time job just to support the company. We went from filling our mini pantry once a week. To restock the pantry three to four-time a week.
Nowadays, there are more and more people in need. It has been a challenge, but nothing we can’t handle with partnerships and collaborations.
Some of the life lessons I have learned are never to give up and your dreams of helping others. Stay focused because some things are meant to distract you. Be careful who you tell your visions to along the way.
I went from living in poverty 2 living in prosperity. I am an Author, CEO, Ordain Minister, and the proud owner of multiple properties. We are put on this earth to “Live for a purpose”. So why not encourage others to do the same. Poverty 2 Poverty PS Inc builds lifelong relationships with our clients. We give them the resources they need to gain stability.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
IPIC Theater, Busy Bee Cafe, North Georgia outlet, City lights Atlanta Night Tour, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, The Cheesecake Factory, my church Breakthrough Christian Church of Atlanta, we would also do volunteering for Poverty 2 Prosperity PS Inc, the community, The City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and other organizations.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my husband, Orlando McDaniel, My mother, Lisa McMichael, my Pastor Curtis Phelps Jr & wife, Kimberly Phelps. I would also like to thank my Secretary Ashia Allen, and Project Manager Genesis LaVanway.